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Indigenous events to be held at CCI

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Shirley Williams. FILE PHOTO

Shirley Williams. FILE PHOTO

COBOURG -- An event open to the public is part of the observations at Cobourg Collegiate Institute this week.

This and other events are in support of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board declaring November Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month, according to a press release from Dean Smith.

"In fact, CCI tries to make every month one of knowledge building about and acknowledgement of our Indigenous Peoples, locally and globally," the educator said.

Events that have already take place include a presentation by Alderville First Nation historian Dave Mowat, a field trip to Toronto's Gichi Kiiwenging that included a visit to the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and their Big Social Drum evening, a visit from Alderville First Nation Elder and KPRDSB Indigenous Education Liaison Melody Crowe, and a special Remembrance Day assembly.

Wednesday brings a gathering of First Nation, Metis and Inuit students from across the board for a day that will include a session with Kevin Lamoureux, national education lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg.

That evening, members of the community are invited for a 7 p.m. presentation in the Great Hall of the movie Silent Thunder. Afterwards, the audience will have the honour of listening to two special guest speakers: Lamoureaux and Shirley Williams, professor emeritus, Trent University, Wikwemikong First Nation, and residential school survivor.

There will be a reception for all in attendance following the presentations.