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Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies in the UCDSB 

Indigenous Education Advisory Committee (IEAC)

The Director of Education Stephen Sliwa, Superintendent of Schools Jodie Barrett, Indigenous Education Lead Bill Montgomery and representatives from our Indigenous Community (Elders, parents, students) meet two times per year to discuss and seek feedback about UCDSB's Indigenous Plan and the direction of Indigenous Education within our school board.

Indigenous Education Funding

Schools have had the opportunity to seek funding support from UCDSB to implement Indigenous studies into their classrooms, linked to the curriculum.

Schools have used this funding for presentations from Knowledge Keepers. Some of the presentations have included:

  • Manitok Thompson, Inuit Knowledge Keeper
  • Aboriginal Experiences 'Spirit of Dance'
  • Quincy Mack, Upper Mohawk First Nations
  • Rick Ravelle, authour of I am Algonquin
  • Elder Danka Brewer
  • Indigenizing the Mathematics Curriculum: A focus on the Inuit culture

    This year, we are participating in a collaborative inquiry focused on embedding Indigenous cultures into our mathematics classroom. 

    Our goals:

  • to build relationships with our Inuit families
  • to form partnerships with the teachers and Inuit parents and family members
  • to explore mathematics through the lens of Inuit culture 

  • We focus on Indigenous culture at each of our Renewed Math Strategies days and encourage math teachers to embed Indigenous culture into their lessons.

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