First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education
The Wellington Catholic District School Board is committed to First Nation, Métis, and Inuit student success. It is our goal to educate all students and educators on the rich cultures culturally relevant programming in our schools that reflect the importance of Indigenous voices.
The Wellington Catholic District School Board, in partnership with the Upper Grand District School Board, has a First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Council. The purpose of this committee is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education initiatives. New First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education initiatives and projects will be shared with this group for consultation and feedback.
Canada has entered into a period of reconciliation. The federal government's December 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report included 94 Calls to Action to further reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Part of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action include respecting and honouring the treaties and nation-to-nation relationships. To that end, the board's First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Advisory Committee, together with local communities, drafted this Territorial Acknowledgement:
From the Anishinaabe to the Haudenasaunee and the Métis, these treaty lands are steeped in rich Indigenous history and modern traditions. As a community, we have the responsibility to honour and respect the four directions, land, waters, plants, animals and ancestors. Today, this area is home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island. We would like to acknowledge that we are gathered on the ancestral and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Aanishinaabek Peoples and we would like to express our gratitude for sharing these lands for our mutual benefit.
The Wellington Catholic District School Board covers the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Six Nations of the Grand River, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territories.
Guelph: Treaty 3 "Between the Lakes Purchases"
Elora, Fergus: Treaty 4 "Crown Grant to the Six Nations or Haldimand Tract"Mount Forest & Arthur: Treat 45 ½ "Saugeen Tract Purchase"
Erin & Rockwood: Treaty 19 "Ajetance Purchase"