Athens – The Upper Canada District School Board is hosting a special gathering of Indigenous elders, knowledge-keepers, local students and school staff on Monday, May 7 to discuss reconciliation and provide opportunities for learning about Indigenous people’s stories, histories, and culture.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission + 3 Gathering for Reflection and Renewal is an annual event in the Upper Canada District School Board that takes place over four days at two locations to accommodate students from across the board. The western division portion will take place at Pineview Public School.
There will be an evening feast on the first day of the event, which will include a Thanksgiving Address, remarks by dignitaries and a presentation of a special hand-crafted Bentwood Box honouring schools that host these days of learning and reflection.
These events are part of the local school board’s efforts to respond to the “Calls To Action” issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015, which identified “sustained public education and dialogue, including youth engagement” as the way to move forward beyond the sad national legacy of federal residential schools and its impact on Indigenous people in Canada.
Details of the event are as follows:
Monday, May 7, 2017
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Pineview Public School
8 George Street