By Jeanelle Lanaca
The TDSB marks November as Indigenous Education Month. But what exactly does that mean for staff and students at Harbord? Well you could be thinking, “We stand for the Land Acknowledgement every day, that counts, right?” Sure, you could stand for the Land Acknowledgement, but just like O Canada, it’s played every day. You may stand and listen to the words, but do you ever think about the words? Today we will take a dive into what Indigenous Education Month really means and what students and staff at Harbord can or could do to educate themselves on Indigenous perspectives.
Across the TDSB, we are trying to enhance our understanding of Indigenous perspectives. At Harbord, we are playing the music of Indigenous artists, with student-written Land Acknowledgements being read over the announcements as well. We recognize what our country has done to these people and their families and the importance of reconciliation.
We cannot only rely on enhancing our knowledge of Indigenous perspectives with the sources given to us at school. I think that this month, we should all take some of our own time to learn about Indigenous culture, perspectives and education. With our own personal knowledge shared with others, we are slowly reaching and understanding what Truth and Reconciliation really means.
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