In recognition of the importance of treaties in shaping our country, District School Board Ontario North East joined millions of Ontarians across the province in celebrating Treaties Recognition Week, November 5th-11th, 2017.
DSB ONE kicked-off acknowledgement of the week during the November 1st Professional Activity Day. Indigenous Peoples' Trustee and Elder, Howard Archibald, led educators at Timmins High and Vocational School in a ceremonial smudge.
Activities continued through the week at all of our schools.
A big thank-you to Timmins Centennial Public School Head Custodian Holly Rodrigue. Mme Rodrigue spoke to students at that school about the significance of Treaties Recognition Week. She explained to the students that TCPS is part of Treaty Number 9. Mme Rodrigue is part Cree and part Ojibway, and is very proud of her culture. She spends a lot of her free time performing traditional singing and dancing in the community.
In 2016, Ontario passed new legislation to recognize the importance of treaties and to bring awareness to the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the province. The Treaties Recognition Week Act, 2016 is the first legislation of its kind in Canada. It is also one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.