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Indigenous Education Professional Development Day

Indigenous Education Professional Development Day
Posted on 11/23/2021
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On Friday, November 19, 2021, the Superior North Catholic District School Board (SNCDSB) participated in the Indigenous Education Professional Development Day. Staff, Trustees, and Indigenous Education Advisory Committee (IEAC) members participated in their respective schools or virtually in Cultural Awareness and Appreciation sessions.

The session goals were to support an understanding of Indigenous education and history. It is meant to help our staff learn and then teach it in our classrooms. Our intention is to continue developing our cultural awareness and appreciation when engaging in Indigenous knowledge to inform our individual and collective next steps.

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The day of learning was co-facilitated by Colleen Sheriff, SNCDSB Indigenous Education Lead and Paul Tsekouras, SNCDSB Superintendent of Education. They began with a smudge, opening prayer and song by Trustee Judy Wawia and Marilyn Netemegesic. Betty-Jane Mercier, Principal at St. Edward Catholic School, led the Land Acknowledgement. Trustee Judy Wawia, and Director of Education, Maria Vasanelli, shared opening messages with all participants.

Screenshot of virtual learning at Indigenous Education Professional Development Session
The Honourable Murray Sinclair stated that "education is the key to reconciliation" with that being said, it is the reason we, as educators, are together during our Indigenous Education professional development day. It is the reason we are trying to learn about the history of Indigenous Peoples, European colonialism and treaties. It is the reason we are trying to include Indigenous language and culture in our classrooms. It is the reason we are trying to build relationships with our Indigenous partners. Education is the key to reconciliation.

Kirstine Baccar, Office/Business Manager from Superior Strategies, facilitated the full-day Cultural Awareness and Appreciation sessions.

The Superior North Catholic District School Board would like to thank those who assisted with the planning and facilitation of these sessions for their continued leadership and collaboration in supporting the success of our Indigenous Education Professional Development Day.

"Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."

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