November 8, 2018

Peel board joins community partners to honour Indigenous veterans

Cultural events to recognize Indigenous Veterans Remembrance Day, Remembrance Day

To commemorate and celebrate Indigenous Veterans Remembrance Day on Nov. 8, and Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, the Peel District School Board, Peel Aboriginal Network and Algoma University are coming together to host community cultural events. The events will take place on Nov. 9 and 10 at Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School.

"These activities and events give students and community members an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the heritage, culture and achievements of the Indigenous community—past and present," says Cheryl Payne, instructional coordinator of Indigenous education with the Peel board. "A focus on Indigenous education is an important component of the board's Plan for Student Success as we work towards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action."

On Nov. 9, more than 500 students will participate in a Remembrance Day ceremony and hear from Dave Walker, Indigenous veteran, who will talk about his service with Canadian Peacekeeping missions overseas. In the afternoon, students will hear from Cole Nolan Anishinaabe historian, who will speak about First Nation soldiers from Ontario who fought in World War 1.

During the Community Cultural Indigenous Celebration on Nov. 10, attendees will participate in workshops and events, which include:

  • cultural workshops and displays, including cornhusk doll and lacrosse stick making
  • Ojibwa language and teachings
  • mini-Powwow
  • traditional feast

"Given our rich history and special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal communities and others, Algoma University is honoured to be working in partnership with the Peel board and the Peel Aboriginal Network on this year's Indigenous Education and Culture Day celebration in Brampton," says Asima Vezina, president and vice-chancellor with Algoma University.  "We appreciate the opportunity for our students to participate in this rich cultural learning opportunity. We see great value for students in the Algoma University School of Business and Economics programs to have these kinds of rich experiential learning opportunities and appreciate the opportunity to work together with the local community."  

"The Peel Aboriginal Network is very excited to be collaborating with the Peel board and Algoma University as part of this great event where we can facilitate recognition and appreciation of the Indigenous peoples in this region," says Jairus Skye, executive director with Peel Aboriginal Network.

The celebration and events on Friday, Nov. 9 are open to students and invitees only. The Community Cultural Indigenous Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 10 is free and open to all community members. For more information, please contact Janet Rogers, organizer and vice-principal at Applewood School, by phone at 905-363-0579 or email at janet.rogers@peelsb.com.

All events are being held at Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School, which is located at 10750 Chinguacousy Rd. in Brampton​.

The Peel board serves more than 154,000 students in 257 schools across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga and is the largest employer in Peel Region. For more information about the Peel board, visit www.peelschools.org

Algoma University, whose main campus is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, was established in 1965. Algoma University is a small, undergraduate, teaching-focused university that places an emphasis on serving the needs of Northern Ontario. Algoma University offers a wide range of degrees spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous populations and other communities. Algoma University has offered undergraduate business programming in downtown Brampton since 2010, creating an important north-south link between campus sites. With the establishment of the School of Business and Economics in 2018, Algoma University has expanded business offerings at this location. Algoma University also offers satellite programming in Timmins. For more information, please visit www.algomau.ca.

The Region of Peel is situated in the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) was established in 2003 by a group of local Aboriginal residents.  A formal Circle of Directors was formed in 2007, and in the following year PAN was incorporated as a non-profit organization. In 2009 PAN opened as a Cultural Center to provide a social setting to foster cultural awareness and education, and provide services  and support to the Aboriginal community in the Region of Peel. ​

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Reference: Cheryl Payne, instructional coordinator of Indigenous education at the Peel District School Board​,
905-890-1010 ext. 3267, cheryl.payne@peelsb.com

Joe Tom Sayers, director of the Anishinaabe initiatives division at Algoma University, 705-257-6407, joetom.sayers@algomau.ca

Jairus Skye, executive director with the Peel Aboriginal Network, 905-712-4726, ed@theindigenousnetwork.com

Media Contact: Ryan Strang, communications officer at the Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2814, ryan.strang@peelsb.com

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