First Nation, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) Committee

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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 2017 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 Friday, September 29th 2017. We will be honoring Orange Shirt Day on Friday, September 29th. (Saturday, September 30th is Orange shirt Day). Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. The following website has a video and information that provides more details

Raising Awareness of First Nations Metis & Inuit Issues Assembly

Earl Lambert with be our special guests at our  Raising Awareness of First Nations Metis & Inuit Issues Assembly on Wednesday, October 25th.

Earl Lambert is a young Cree Warrior originally from Dawson Creek, BC, but now resides in Brantford, Ontario. His dynamic and entertaining way of connecting with all age groups and a diverse range of audiences has made him popular with various organizations, schools, conferences and First Nations communities across Canada. Earl Lambert has worked as an Executive Director for a First Nations non-profit organization, a College Instructor of Business, a Life-Skills, Employment and Business Facilitator, an HIV/AIDS Educator, an Advocate, Fundraiser and Events Coordinator for various homeless initiatives and lastly, as a Programs Developer and Group Facilitator for an Aboriginal Child and Family services organization.

Red Dress Campaign

During the month of October, students will notice a red dress installation on the second floor. The use of red dresses represent Canadian missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The concept was originated by Métis artist Jaime Black in 2010. In her exhibit The REDress Project, Black displayed over one hundred red dresses around the University of Winnipeg campus to raise awareness about this issue. Today red dresses continue to be used across Canada as a representation of the Indigenous women and girls lost to violent crime and as a call for action to prevent future violence. Police estimate 1,200 women are missing and murdered where as, Indigenous communities suggest the figure is closer to 4,000.

Educational Display Cases

This year students will be able to learn more about FNMI issues by checking out our monthly display cases. Ms.O'Leary's Workplace Art students are creating the October display cases and Mrs.Hudson's Grade 10 History class will be creating the display cases from November to June!

"Save the Evidence" Field Trip

The students of Ms. Hyland's Archaeology and Indigenous Studies class will be participating in their course archaeological excavation on Saturday, October 21st, which is International Archaeology Day!  The excavation is part of the "Save the Evidence Campaign" at the Woodland Cultural Centre, part of the Six Nations Reserve in Brantford, Ontario.

The purpose of the excavation is to document the grounds and buildings of the Mohawk Institute, the longest running Residential School in Canadian history (1828-1970). While the excavation itself will provide the class with the opportunity to understand how and why archaeologists do what they do, it will also provide students with the chance to be a part education and healing as outlined in the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and to witness, and understand first hand, the legacy of Residential schools and their lasting impact on the Indigenous communities across Canada. 



Treaties Recognition Week: November 5 - 11, 2017

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 5 to 11, 2017.

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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 243 to join us! 

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