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We Walk the Path Together:

Indigenous Education Newsletter
July 2019
News, information and events from Durham Catholic's Indigenous Education Advisory Circle.

Our Indigenous Education Advisory Circle (IEAC) meets regularly to help the Durham Catholic District School Board understand the needs of the community. We walk the path together as we embark on a journey that has been humbling, necessary and significantly overdue. The Indigenous Education Advisory Circle continues to work with our Board, staff, students and community to understand the truth and reconcile with colonization.
Self Identification
In recognition of National Indigenous History Month in June, the Durham Catholic District School Board encouraged parents and guardians of students under the age of 18 with First Nations, Métis and Inuit ancestry (Status, Non-Status) to self-identify their Indigenous ancestry. Students 18 years of age and older were also encouraged to voluntarily self-identify their ancestry. Proof of ancestry is not a requirement.

Self-identification information is collected and protected by the same privacy regulations that apply to all personal information. The data collected allows our board to provide resources, services and experiences to benefit individual students, as well as to support learning opportunities for all students.

Visit dcdsb.ca/IndigenousEducation to learn more and complete the online Self-Identification of Indigenous Ancestry form.

We invite you to watch a video from two Durham Catholic students, who are members of our Student Indigenous Education Advisory Circle. They shared why they feel other students should self-identify their Indigenous ancestry.

For additional information, contact our Teaching and Learning Consultant for Indigenous Education at 905-576-6150 ext. 22291. 

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Upcoming Events
We invite you to check out the upcoming events being hosted by our community members. We encourage you to take time this summer to participate in these events that promote Indigenous Education and culture. Visit dcdsb.ca/IndigenousEducation for community events throughout the school year.
Mississauga of Scugog Island First Nations Pow Wow
Grand Entry at 12:00 noon both days - Sunrise ceremony both mornings

Location: Pow Wow grounds - behind Administration Building 
22521 Island Road, Port Perry

Cost: 2 years old and younger - Free
     3-11 years old - $2.00
     12-64 years old - $5.00
     65 Years + - $2.00

Open to the Public
Women are asked to please wear long skirts for the sunrise ceremony
Absolutely No alcohol, No drugs and No pets.
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September 6, 2019 - Mini Pow Wow
Community members are invited to the annual Mini Pow Wow at Durham College/Ontario Tech University.

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with Grand Entry at 12:00 noon

Location: Durham College/ Ontario Tech University, Polonsky Commons, 2000 Simcoe St., N., Oshawa.
To learn more about Indigenous Education at the Durham Catholic District School Board, email james.mackinnon@dcdsb.ca.