Teachers invited to bring to life National Aboriginal Day in the classroom

June 09, 2010

(CTF News Service – Ottawa)  The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) invites teachers to highlight National Aboriginal Day on June 21 to honor and celebrate the unique heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada. This year has been declared “Year of the Métis” by the Government of Canada, “Year of the Inuit” by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Parliament has proclaimed the month of June “Aboriginal History Month”.

“The classroom is a perfect venue to showcase the unique diversity of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada,” explains CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly. “Teachers have access to free resources provided by the federal government such as posters and other products.” Teachers can visit www.inac.gc.ca/nad where more information is posted, including a list of 2010 events and suggestions for activities to mark the day.

The CTF President reaffirms CTF’s commitment to Aboriginal issues and education. In March 2010, a major study of the professional knowledge and experience of Aboriginal teachers in Canadian public schools was released by the Federation and its Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Education thanks to funding by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL).

Founded in 1920, CTF is a national alliance of provincial and territorial teacher organizations that represent nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.

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Comments: Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President

Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications 613 688-4314