On March 7, 2018, Students from 8 Elementary schools and one high school attended the Indigenous Games, Arts, and Culture Day in Muskoka. Events like these help to engage students in learning about Canada’s history of colonization, thinking creatively about the future, and providing them with opportunities to make a difference. In TLDSB we strive to educate staff and students about Truth and Reconciliation, with a focus on a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians through transformative learning.
“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 day began with a Keeper Address. Following the opening, students participated in numerous workshops throughout the day, including Arts, Winter Games, Storytelling, Fire Lighting, Bannock bread making, Hike to learn about maple syrup, and more. Take a look at the pictures below.