First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) Committee

Open Our Hearts...Open Our Minds: A Journey of Acceptance of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Culture.

Durham Catholic District School Board and St. Mary celebrate October 2020 as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) awareness month.

Orange Shirt Day "Every Child Matters" 

To launch the beginning of the month students are encouraged to wear orange first layers on Wednesday, September 30th 2020. Orange shirt day was established in 2013 through the efforts of Phyllis Webstad, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem (Shuswap) First Nation woman who had her new orange shirt taken from her on her first day of residential school in 1973.  Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. The following website has a video and information that provides more details

Educational Display Cases

FNMI Display Oct 2020

NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 "Grade 11 English: Aboriginal Voices" NBE3U/C/E

St. Mary Catholic Secondary school community is pleased to announce that effective September 2020 we will be offering a new Grade 11 English curriculum, inspired by Indigenous voices and focused on contemporary literature. These mandatory Grade 11 English courses will explore the themes, forms, and stylistic elements of a variety of literary, informational, graphic, oral, cultural and media text forms emerging from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures in Canada and will reflect our Catholic Graduate Expectations and Catholic Social Teachings. "English: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices" NBE3U/C/E will be offered at all levels (university, college and workplace preparation) to fulfill the mandatory requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and are recognized by all post-secondary institutions. Please see the parent/guardian letter for more information and answers to FAQs.

Treaties Recognition Week: November 2 - 6, 2020

Treaties represent a relationship built on mutual peace, respect and friendship. They are a way to explain how parties intend to "treat" each other for the duration of a relationship. Treaties recognize First Nations as self-governing nations - as acknowledged and protected by the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Canadian Constitution. There are obligations and benefits on both sides of the Treaties.

In order to promote public education and awareness about treaties and treaty relationships, the province of Ontario has designated the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week - November 2 to 6, 2020.

This annual event is an opportunity for students and residents of Ontario to learn more about treaty rights and relationships. During this week, students will learn why treaties matter as members of our board's Indigenous Education Advisory Circle share stories and information. 
To learn more, we invite you to follow us on Twitter @DurhamCatholic and/or participate in the virtual Living Library event entitled "We are all Treaty People" on November 6, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event features Robert Greene and Maurice Switzer and is moderated by Bob Goulais. It includes a one-hour panel discussion followed by a 30-minute interactive question and answer session. Note: You can register to attend at, tor those unable to join the live event, a recording will be posted. 

For more information


National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21)

On June 21, celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis! 

In 1996, the Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, proclaimed it National Aboriginal Day! It's an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the cultural richness and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. In 2017, the Prime Minister announced the day would be renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Why June 21? For centuries, many of the first inhabitants would celebrate the arrival of the warm weather and the pleasures of the summer solstice. The summer solstice is the day of the year with the longest light. It is a day with spiritual significance for many people and is a good time to celebrate Indigenous peoples and cultures.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Poster


Extra-curricular opportunities

Please visit DCDSB: Indigenous Education for more information.

The First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) Committee meets on a regular basis to listen to guest speakers, go on field trips and work to support FNMI issues. See Ms. Hudson in Room 207 and Ms. Hyland in 228 to join us! 

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