Authentic Voices

Anti-Racism and Equity Education Opportunities

Recognition of differences is one way we promote a welcoming and inclusive environment and promote a sense of belonging for everyone who learns, works, and volunteers in the Limestone District School Board.


Our students, staff, and broader communities represent a rich diversity of faith and cultural traditions. We respect and celebrate the various faith, cultures, and backgrounds in our school communities.

NEW RESOURCE: ADDRESSING ISLAMOPHOBIA

LDSB stands with the local Muslim community, and those around the country; we remain committed to combating Islamophobia, racism and discrimination in all its forms.

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

Happy Pride Month Everyone!


Here is a collection of resources to help foster a safe and welcoming space for everyone in Limestone.

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list, but a means to enter into the work as you see fit.


As the world celebrates Pride Month, honouring global 2SLGBTQ+ accomplishments and recognizing the social justice work that still needs to be done, this is a great time to reflect on our role, as educators, in ensuring all LDSB students and staff feel well-supported and a sense of belonging in Limestone.

SUPPORTING & PROTECTING LDSB TRANSGENDER-SPECTRUM AND/OR GENDER NON-CONFORMING STUDENTS


The Board recently updated (fall 2020) a support document with definitions and explanations regarding terms and pronouns that students may prefer for themselves.


The following guidelines preserve and protect the rights, privacy, confidentiality, safety, health, and dignity of transgender and/or gender non-conforming students at all times – in all Limestone District School Board schools, related events and activities – both inside and outside of school hours: Supporting & Protecting LDSB Transgender-Spectrum and/or Gender Non-Conforming Students


NEW OPPORTUNITIES

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Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021

REGISTER YOUR CLASS FOR EVERY CHILD MATTERS

Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021

Sept. 27 - Oct. 1 2021
Canada-Wide

An online event open to all Canadian schools


A Message from National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation:

"This year, we’re proud to announce that Every Child Matters is growing from a single day to a full week of Truth and Reconciliation programming. Last year’s unprecedented online event was attended by over 500,000 students, teachers, and general public attendees. Together, we can build on the success of Every Child Matters and continue the conversation on First Nations treaties, Métis and Inuit Land Claims, and the residential school system.

When?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Truth and Reconciliation Week will take place virtually the week

of September 27 through October 1, 2021.

What can I expect?

The programming will feature short videos created by Indigenous storytellers, followed by conversations with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Survivors, and the children of Survivors of residential schools. The videos will be supported with classroom activities for students. Throughout the week we’ll share artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists. There will also be a moving tribute to the Missing Children that never returned home from the residential schools.

Tentative Program:

Day 1 - Land and Treaties

Day 2 - Languages and Culture

Day 3 - Truth and Reconciliation

Day 4 - Orange Shirt Day

Day 5 - Elder-Youth Knowledge Transfer

Some of our program contributors include Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the National Film Board, Canada’s History, CBC, Wapikoni Mobile, and the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.

We hope you and your students will join us. Additional messaging will be sent in the next few days on the event via MailChimp.

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE


STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS WEEK-LONG EVENT!

Want to rewatch the Canadian Screen Award nominated program Every Child Matter: Reconciliation Through Education? Click here"

LDSB RESOURCES

Information on Traditional Knowledge Keepers

For the time being, Knowledge Keepers will facilitate traditional teachings with classrooms virtually. All virtual workshops are to be done live, please let the Knowledge Keeper(s) know whether you will be sending him/her/them either a Microsoft Teams or Google Meet invitation. Teachers will be responsible for sending the link unless otherwise specified. You will find the workshop descriptions as provided by the Knowledge Keepers on roster here:

https://ldsb.elearningontario.ca/d2l/le/lessons/11496075/topics/147016682


Please refer to the "Traditional Knowledge Keepers in Schools" document:

https://ldsb.elearningontario.ca/d2l/le/lessons/11496075/topics/114660348

★ To help teachers and schools better understand the cultural protocols involved when inviting a Traditional Knowledge Keeper into the school or classroom.

★ To provide a brief overview of the cultural significance of Traditional Knowledge Keepers.

★ To give guidelines for how Traditional Knowledge Keepers should be treated in the school.

May's "The Limestone Lens"

Here is the link to this month's "The Limestone Lens": https://www.smore.com/j1k36


This month's issue is all about maintaining the momentum in personal and collective equity work.

To do that, let's take some time to reflect and acknowledge where we are in the work presently, and spend time thinking about what actions are needed to move forward towards positive change.


As you read through this issue...


Try to see how your role (social identity) is connected to these topics.

What actions and work can you do to help equalize power imbalances in our community?


Let's keep the momentum going!

ABOUT US

The Limestone District School Board is committed to putting Equity and Anti-Racism at the forefront of our learning. Please do not hesitate to contact the Equity Team, for further questions and/or inquiries.