Canada History Week

November 22-26 marked Canada History Week. This years theme is Indigenous History. Our CGS classrooms spent time talking and learning about the history of Indigenous persons in Canada. Senior Kindergarten The SK class talked about the many things that are part of our everyday life that are from Indigenous origins. Each student created a collection…

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Take Me Outside Day

Wednesday, October 20 was CGS’ first Take Me Outside Day. We were excited to join 350,000 students across the province for outdoor education to honour Indigenous culture. We started the day with our Land Acknowledgment. Acknowledgements are a way for non-Indigenous Canadians to recognize that these lands are the traditional territories of Indigenous people in Canada. Indigenous…

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Orange Shirt Day

It was tremendous to see the CGS community embrace all aspects of Indigenous learning with open hearts and open minds. Many students reflected on the importance of truth and integrity by wearing their orange shirts representing that Every Child Matters and creating a heart for hope. These creations were landscaped on the front lawn on…

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Art and Identity

The SK’s had their last AGO workshop this week. Paula & Clara have been doing lots of Pride activities with the children and they were so happy that this workshop was on offer. A huge thank you to the AGO for their progressive, highly accessible programming. Honoring Pride – Art & Identity was an excellent…

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When We Were Alone

The Grade 2/3’s have been reviewing their Indigenous Perspectives lessons this week. They started off with vocabulary and what Indigenous means, remembering that the term includes three groups of people – the Métis, First Nations and Inuit. They talked about what they learned about Residential Schools during Orange Shirt Day earlier in the school year.…

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Amazing AGO Journeys for SK

The SK’s have been very busy over the last several weeks learning amazing new things about Art & Culture from the AGO. They’ve had three extremely enriching and engaging workshops – Art and the Environment, Art and the Senses and, most recently, Indigenous Art and Artists. This last session was perfectly timed for the start…

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First Nations Perspectives

A huge thank you to the ROM and their Indigenous Voices program for the excellent webinar the SK’s attended on Tuesday. The SK’s were there along with 15,025 other students across Ontario! Students tuned in to learn about First Nations perspectives on family, art and the transformative power of dance. J’net started off the teachings…

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