Commemorating the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

2021-09-01T19:42:52+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, children, Community, education, General, Indigenous, policy, racism, youth|

- By Nina Badwal - This September 30th, we will commemorate the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a statutory holiday to remember the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.  A bill creating this new holiday (Bill C-5) was unanimously passed by the Senate in June 2021. Establishing a national holiday [...]

Words matter

2021-08-03T15:11:09+01:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, black lives matter, Community, education, General, Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, Newcomer, policy, racism|

- By Shirley Roberts - There is no shortage of news, dominated by world events, that is covered in our daily newspapers and through social media. News items compete for our attention through short articles by journalists who often have to keep up with the daily news cycle and looming deadlines. In the [...]

Orange Shirt Day: Teachings of Canada’s grim history of residential schools

2021-08-06T14:39:36+01:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: children, education, General, Indigenous|

- By Nina Badwal - Sept. 24, 2018. Cut-out orange t-shirts hanging on a clothesline in the hallway of Rose Avenue Junior Public School with the slogan “Every Child Matters.” (Photo: Catherine Inglis) The students of Rose Avenue Junior Public School in St. James Town are preparing for the new school year [...]

Land Acknowledgment – A living document at JICS Lab School

2021-07-27T16:32:23+01:00July 13th, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, Community, Creative Corner, Indigenous, story|

Written by grade 6 students at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School We will begin with the land acknowledgement, because we will be using the land and need to respect this place where Indigenous people have lived and continue to live. We would like to thank the First Peoples [...]

Honouring memories and planting dreams on the path to reconciliation

2021-07-28T18:47:12+01:00July 12th, 2021|Categories: Community, Indigenous|

- By Nina Badwal - Muslim families planting flowers in a garden to honour the Indigenous residential school survivors and the children who never made it back home.  That was the scene outside the St. James Town Community Corner on June 30th.    The annual event, “Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams” started in June [...]

Toronto Aboriginal Group Advocates for St. James Town’s Indigenous Community

2021-05-19T14:22:21+01:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Community, education, Indigenous, Regent Park|

St. James town is one of the most populated, diverse and multicultural neighbourhoods in Toronto. It has a population of more than 18,000 people, many of whom are immigrants and newcomers.  However not many people know that St. James Town is also home to approximately 1,000 Indigenous residents. Who are the Indigenous communities that [...]

Perspectives: Indigenous Medicine?

2021-05-18T22:10:04+01:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Community, Indigenous|

By Georgina Alford Anthropologists, who study humans across time and space, have long documented the use of plants in medicinal and healing practices around the world. Traditionally, teachings about such medicines have been passed down through folklore. Amongst Indigenous peoples in Canada, one such example is the story of a woman called Last Calf, [...]

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