National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month
Posted on 06/01/2021

In June, the OCDSB recognizes National Indigenous History Month. It is time to celebrate and reflect upon the history, contributions, culture and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and to learn about, celebrate and honour Indigenous knowledge, role models, and ways of knowing.

National Indigenous Peoples Day, observed on June 21 during the summer solstice, recognizes and celebrates First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and contributions.

We acknowledge that our District is on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. We are thankful to the Algonquin Nation for hosting us and recognize their enduring presence on this land.

The OCDSB is committed to the Calls to Action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The District works with Indigenous students, parents and partners to implement and monitor the delivery of Indigenous education in an inclusive and equitable manner that builds our Culture of Caring. This can come in many forms – from how Indigenous perspectives are included in students' studies, to having more First Nations, Inuit and Métis books in the classroom and on library shelves for all students to enjoy.

Visit the Indigenous Education page to find resources for students, families, staff and community members.

To learn more about Indigenous heritage and culture, explore the links below:

Recommended Reading:

  • Not Too Long Ago. A Residential School Story, by Emily Sinkinson 
  • Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead 
  • From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle 
  • Unsettling Canada by Arthur Manuel 
  • Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga 
  • Moon on Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
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