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UCDSB Students Collaborate at iLead Day
UCDSB Students Collaborate at iLead Day
Posted on 04/26/2018
April 26, 2018 (Kemptville, ON) – Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) students participated in the UCDSB Indigenous Leadership (iLead) Day on April 25, 2018 in Kemptville, Ontario.

Approximately 145 students attended the interactive workshop that focused on teaching Indigenous youth more about their culture and how to be knowledge sharers.

Students discussed the positive aspects about their schools in small groups and formulated ways to improve opportunities and Indigenous learning within their schools through a variety of methods, such as creating clubs, bringing in elders to share knowledge and visiting reservations.

Principal of Teaching and Learning of Indigenous Education Shelly Corlyon and Indigenous Lead Teacher Bill Montgomery encouraged students to take their ideas back to their schools and to work toward implementing them as leaders within their own schools. “This is all about student voice,” Corlyon said.

Dustin Brant, Indigenous Outreach Officer with Loyalist College talked with students about post-secondary options available, the importance of thinking about what they want to do after high school early on, and choosing an institution that makes sense for them.

Students took the opportunity to make baby moccasins, a craft inspired by theDa-giiwewaat (So They Can Go Home)moccasin project. The aim of the national campaign is to raise awareness about child apprehension impacting Indigenous children in Canada.

Half of the moccasins made will be sent to the campaign and the other half will be given to local Child and Family Services branches to give to Indigenous babies that enter foster care.

When asked about the iLead Days, Allison MacIntyre, grade 11 student at Russell High School and iLead Student Senate Representative Elect for 2018-2019 said, “I think it’s important that the school board acknowledges Indigenous students and that more people can come here and learn not to be ashamed of their culture.”

The UCDSB hosts iLead Days four times during each school year. All Indigenous students and their allies across the board are invited to attend. You can find more information about Indigenous studies across the UCDSB and iLead days on the board website.

For more information, please contact: Bill Montgomery
Indigenous Lead Teacher
613 340 8101

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