More than 200 students from grades 5 to 12, including those with Indigenous heritage, will attend the Peel District School Board’s first Indigenous Student Conference on June 1 at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus. Attendees will listen to a keynote presentation by Eddy Robinson and participate in workshop sessions led by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit presenters. The full-day event will begin with an opening ceremony conducted by Elder Garry Sault. Chief Stacey LaForme will then present the board with The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation flag, which will be raised at the board’s HJA Brown Education Centre for the month of June.
“This conference provides our students with an opportunity to relearn Canadian history through a more comprehensive settler colonial and Indigenous perspective,” says Poleen Grewal, associate director of instructional and equity support services. “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. ”
Students will participate in two workshops following the main presentation. The topics for the workshops include:
• urban Indigenous ways of knowing
• Treaties: developing an understanding of wampum belts and paper treaties
• cultural teachings: health & wellness/medicine wheel
• career pathways: Inuit professionals sharing their journey
• Credit River Métis Council: exploring Indigenous heritage and traditional knowledge
• Indigenous arts: memory and meaning
• Indigenous mural arts
• stolen words: sharing Indigenous stories
• oral histories and finding your story
Follow along the conference on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ISCPeel2018.
The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Instructional Centre of the UTM campus located at 3359 Mississauga Rd. in Mississauga.
Audrey Crasto, School Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 3360, [email protected]