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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Notre Dame's Vimy Ridge Memorial Tree honouring Canada 150 and First Nations Sisters​


On Friday, June 2nd - Notre Dame Catholic High School honoured Canada’s historical roots at Vimy Ridge, through a special tree planting ceremony. Following the ceremony, students presented an artistic installation and dramatization entitled: ‘Minotatemiskatowin’. 
'Minotatemiskatowin' [Me-no-tah-tay/-meeskaa-toe-win] is a Cree word meaning good
relations with one another, forgiveness and reconciliation​. 

The ceremony coincided with the celebration of Notre Dame’s 75th anniversary. As a
tribute to the Canadian soldiers and as Notre Dame’s first act of reconciliation with First
Nations sisters, the tree planting ceremony will represent truth and the Minotatemiskatowin
installation will represent reconciliation. As this year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the tree represents a living memorial that will preserve Canada’s WWI legacy. 

Thank you to special guests who joined in the ceremony: Veterans Ashley Zedner and Rick Groome, MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Bear Standing Tall, a Nehiyaw from Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan.

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