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November 6th, 2023
November 5-11 is Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario. This week aims to:
It was created in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in 2016.
Treaties are the legally binding agreements that set out nation-to-nation rights, responsibilities and relationships including:
They provide a framework for living together in partnership and cooperation.
Learn more about the History of treaties in Ontario.
By learning about Treaties, staff and students are able to better understand the relationship between Indigenous Nations and Canada. They also learn how First Nations continue to fight for those agreements to be honoured. Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) staff are being supported with a variety of resources and professional development opportunities from the Indigenous, Equity, and Human Rights Department. This is so they may better support students and the WRDSB community.
Educating ourselves on Canada’s reconciliation journey enables us to recognize the impact of:
Consider using this territorial acknowledgement in presentations or through digital communication:
I acknowledge that the land on which WRDSB sites are situated are the lands traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Chonnonton people. I also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws, and philosophies of the Indigenous people with whom we share this land today. We are all treaty people with a responsibility to honour all our relations.
What have you learned during Treaties Recognition Week? Share what you’re learning on social media and be sure to use the hashtag #IndigenousWRDSB.
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