OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) invites classroom teachers and students to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21 so as to showcase all aspects of Aboriginal life as well as their contribution to Canadian society.
“Gathering and analyzing information on First Nations, Métis and Inuit education is one of the pillars of our research and advocacy work,” says CTF President Dianne Woloschuk. “We are dedicated to improving education equality across Canada which means ensuring Aboriginal teachers and learners benefit from the same level of education funding and resources as non-Aboriginal Canadians do, while allowing them to set their own educational goals within their communities.”
“CTF promotes Aboriginal education in various ways, through its Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Education, its social justice program ‘Imagineaction’, its lobbying efforts and especially through its partnerships with Aboriginal organizations,” adds Woloschuk.
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National Aboriginal Day, first observed in 1996, is aligned with the June solstice, a traditional day of celebration for many Aboriginal peoples. The month of June was also declared National Aboriginal History Month in 2009. Communities across Canada celebrate National Aboriginal Day with music, dancing, singing, traditional feasts and ceremonies such as sacred fire extinguishing ceremonies.
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is an alliance of nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary educators from 17 organizations (15 Members, one affiliate member and one Associate Member across Canada). CTF is also a member of Education International, a global alliance of educators. Follow CTF on Twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada.
Dianne Woloschuk, CTF President
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