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Toronto Catholic District School Board

PROGRAMS AND INTIATIVES
 
·         2014/15/16 The Aboriginal OISE/TCDSB High School Mentorship program is an opportunity for OISE Aboriginal graduate and undergraduate students and an First Nation Elder to work as peer mentors with students from K-12 in the TCDSB, through involvement in the classroom.
 
·         2014-15 A poster campaign entitled “I AM….” made up of a mosaic of current Self-Id students in TCDSB that was sent to all the schools in our board
 
·         Community visits by members of First Nation and Métis Nation of Ontario to TCDSB schools (high school and elementary schools) during regular instructional time.
 
·         Since 2009 TCDSB has offered  Aboriginal Studies courses in Grade 9 and 11
 
·         2015/2016 ELDER in Residence Program starting in November 2015 to June 2016. Working in collaboration with community partners an Elder will identity and address topics relevant to the health, including mental health and wellbeing, of Aboriginal students in our board.
 
·         Participating in Joint and collaborative initiatives with the TCDSB, TDSB, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, OISE/UofT, and Native Child & Family Services of Toronto since 2011
 
·         Trillium system and data  updated to reflect new initiative on self-ID
 
·         Superior North Study and Leadership Program
An exciting service learning opportunity is open to 15 TCDSB students. In partnership with Student Leadership, FNMI and Student Success, students are invited to study in the Superior North program, organized by Adventure Learning Experiences.  A unique and distinguishing component of this program is the concept of “service learning”. Travel dates: May 15-19, 2017.
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Programs for integration of history, culture and art school programming
 
·         2010-2016 National Aboriginal Week hosted at TCDSB headquarters with FNMI speakers, dancers, storytellers art exhibitions and music. Attending have been TCDSB Elementary students, TCDSB teachers, staff, and administrators. Also a forum will be showcased for student work relating to FNMI themes.
 
·         2014/16 FNMI workshops  (i.e., History and Treaties, Contemporary Issuers of FNMI Peoples, Myths, Stereotypes and Misconceptions of FNMI Peoples, Protocols, Melding of Traditions and Contemporary Life) by Toronto Council Fire Cultural Center and the Metis Nation of Ontario in TCDSB schools. Elementary and High schools Student and teacher workshops held at their respective schools during the school year.
 
·         2007-2016 The Northern Spirit Games with 1800 elementary students from grades 4, 5 and 6 are hosted by 6 high schools. The .students participates in traditional First Nations, Metis and Inuit games, which focus on physical strength, agility and endurance.  Also included is a hand drum session led by a FN Knowledge Keeper. Over 20,000 students have participated over the past 9 years.
 
·         2010 -2015 Teacher Symposiums - Topics have included FNMI curriculum, teaching and learning, culture and identity, community and student voices.”
 
·         2011 to 2016 A series of workshops detailing First Nation, Métis & Inuit Children’s Books for Elementary Grade Teachers K to 6 in our schools
 
·         2015/16 FNMI Music and Vocal Program for  the elementary students that focuses on vocal and music with strong literacy and social studies connections including drum circles, throat singing, dancing etc.