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Indigenous Studies

Education for Reconciliation is an important curriculum focus at Milton District High School.  As an educational institution, Milton District has an important role to play in the journey together to reconcile relationships with Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and we support the view expressed by the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015):  “Much of the current state of troubled relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians is attributable to educational institutions and what they have taught, or failed to teach, over many generations.  Despite that history, or, perhaps more correctly, because of its potential, the Commission believes that education is also the key to reconciliation.”

In response to the TRC’s “Calls to Action,” specifically, 62), 63), 64), Milton District has undertaken a process for building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.  Students in the Grade 11 English:  Contemporary Indigenous Voices course read award-winning fiction and nonfiction texts written by Joseph Boyden, Richard Wagamese, Thomas King, and Drew Hayden Taylor.  Course concepts and skills are reinforced through rich and varied experiential learning opportunities, including class visits by Indigenous knowledge holders and excursions to art galleries, cultural centres, the Mohawk Institute/Woodland Centre, Grand River Rafting, Camp Kawartha, the Canadian Canoe Museum, Curve Lake, and Kinomagewapkong/Petroglyphs Provincial Park in Peterborough, Ontario.

To view pictures of student engagement in learning, click the attachments below.