Monday, June 20, 2022
To our Parents and Community Partners,
The Near North District School Board is grateful to live and learn on the territories of the Anishinaabe who have lived and cared for this part of the world for thousands of years. We value the cultures, histories and relationships with the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (North America).
For generations, many Indigenous communities have celebrated their culture at the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. Tomorrow we celebrate, too, during National Indigenous Peoples Day.
We hope that all NNDSB staff, students and communities take the opportunity on this day to reflect on the rich cultures and heritages of Indigenous Peoples not just in this area, but across the country that is known as Canada. First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples have distinct cultures, languages, practices and spiritual beliefs, but they share a connection to the land that they have stewarded and protected since time immemorial.
The board thanks Indigenous Peoples for their wisdom and guidance. We wish Indigenous students, staff and communities a wonderful day of celebration.
We urge everyone to take time tomorrow to respect, honour, and learn more about the first peoples of this land.
Jay Aspin Craig Myles
Chair of the Board Director of Education