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Our students celebrate OCSB Indigenous Awareness Month to learn about the traditions of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Students are encouraged to explore Indigenous history, culture, perspectives and traditional teachings. There are also many commemorative days and weeks that honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples this month, such as Treaties Recognition Week, National Aboriginal Veterans Day, Louis Riel Day and International Inuit Day.

In honour of Indigenous Awareness month, all OCSB employees will have the opportunity to hear from renowned guest speaker, Anishinaabe journalist and author Tanya Talaga on Tuesday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m. as part of the #ocsbTuesdayIndigenousTalks.

Tanya is the 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winner for Political Writing and the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize winner for nonfiction for her book, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City.

The  #ocsbTuesdayIndigenousTalks series started during the pandemic to give teachers a richer cultural understanding of the books they’re teaching in the  Contemporary Indigenous Voices English courses. The feedback regarding these on-going sessions with accomplished First Nations, Inuit and Métis authors has been overwhelmingly positive.