The Durham District School Board acknowledges that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships, both historic and modern, with the territories upon which our school board and schools are located. Today, this area is home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island. We acknowledge that the Durham Region forms a part of the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, the Mississauga Peoples and the treaty territory of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. It is on these ancestral and treaty lands that we teach, learn and live.
This statement was co-created in partnership with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the Chippewas of Georgina Island
The Durham District School Board recognizes Indigenous rights are distinct. In the exercise of those rights, Indigenous staff and students shall not be subjected to actions with the aim or effect of depriving these distinct rights.
We are committed to fostering and maintaining healthy reciprocal relationships with urban First Nations, Métis and Inuit community members, Métis Nation of Ontario, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and the Anishinabek Education System. We strive to implement the Truth and Reconciliations Calls to Action and raise awareness of Indigenous history, perspectives and contributions through holistic and integrated approaches.
The Indigenous Education Policy and Procedure set out expectations, responsibilities and pathways through which we undertake the work of ensuring all of our services, schools and workplaces centre and uphold Indigenous rights. Ongoing implementation of the Policy and Procedure includes a review of all other policies to bring them into alignment with the principles set out in the Indigenous Education, Human Rights, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism, and Safe and Respectful Workplace and Harassment Prevention Policies.