2018 Annual Report
Vision for Indigenous Education in TLDSB
We are collectively on a learning journey towards cultural reconciliation. It is our hope that the resources and support here will guide Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) educators towards a deeper understanding for and of Indigenous perspectives and cultural traditions, while supporting educators, as they authentically integrate Indigenous Education into their classroom programs.
Land Acknowledgement launched
A land acknowledgement is a formal statement recognizing the traditional territory of Indigenous Peoples. It acknowledges the enduring relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the land.
The TLDSB Indigenous Education Curriculum Consultant worked with several indigenous communities and individual indigenous people to seek guidance and support around the appropriate wording of a land acknowledgement. All perspectives were considered in creating the current wording understanding that the wording may evolve based on new learning and partnerships with indigenous peoples. Schools are now able to appropriately ensure a Land Acknowledgement is used at special occasions. These occasions include graduations and special ceremonies particularly when the community is invited to participate or attend. The land acknowledgement will also be used at the board’s annual organizational meeting and district-wide staff and student events.
TLDSB hosts Indigenous Games, Arts, and Culture Days
On March 7, 2018, students from eight elementary schools and one secondary school attended the Indigenous Games, Arts, and Culture Day in Muskoka.
“I really believe that it’s up to youth to pave the way forward towards truth and reconciliation,” says Madison, a student from Bobcaygeon Public School. “The more we learn in school, and through experiences like this, the more we feel empowered to help. In knowing our history, not just nationally, but locally – our mistakes, our heritage, the more it’s going to benefit Canada as a whole.”
The board partners with Me to We in an ongoing program called Imagine Canada. Each year a group of students from one TLDSB secondary school, and one of its feeder schools attend the overnight experience. This year students from IE Weldon Secondary School and Scott Young Public School gathered at the Me to We facility near Bethany. The idea for Imagine Canada resulted from consideration for the board’s approach to the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Me to We organization was approached to coordinate a leadership opportunity to explore the truth about Indigenous peoples and what the concept of reconciliation really is.