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HDSB hosts Director’s Panel Series on Identity, Inclusion & Human Rights

Next session will be Self-Determination and Anti-Colonial Practices: Indigenous Rights, Education and Food Sovereignty on April 26 at 6 p.m. at www.hdsb.ca


HDSB families, staff and community members are invited to the Director’s Panel Series on Identity, Inclusion & Human Rights to raise awareness on historical and contemporary issues of identity, inclusion and human rights. The next session in the panel series will be:


Self-Determination and Anti-Colonial Practices:

  • Indigenous Rights, Education and Food Sovereignty

  • Tuesday, April 26 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.

  • This will be a virtual event, with the livestream linked on the HDSB website (www.hdsb.ca).

  • Registration is not required. This session will not be recorded.


Panel speakers include:

  • Marie Battiste, Mi’kmaw Educator, Author and Special Advisor at Cape Breton University, Professor Emerita, University of Saskatchewan

  • Sheri Longboat, Associate Professor and Researcher, University of Guelph

  • Tabitha Robin Martens, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

  • Nancy Rowe, Education Consultant & Treaty Partner, Michizaagiig, Ojibwe, Anishinaabe Kwe


Those interested in attending the event can submit a question to the panel before or during the panel discussion through this Google Form: https://forms.gle/L5AxQvpErhR9wpkG9


“Each session in the series will explore how issues of identity and inclusion intersect with education,” says Curtis Ennis, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board.


“This provides an opportunity to create awareness of multiple perspectives of insight and analysis on how individual identities can be reflected and engaged in the broader HDSB community. This panel series aligns with the Board’s commitment to raise awareness of diverse community perspectives and the need to broaden resources to support inclusion and student achievement, as reflected in the HDSB’s Multi-Year Plan 2020-2024 and the Human Rights Equity Action & Accountability Plan - The Way Forward.”


Future sessions in the series include:

  • Perspectives on Islam and Islamophobia (Tuesday, May 31 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.).


Previous panel sessions include Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred (Feb. 7), Black Excellence: Today and Every Day (Feb. 28) and Two Spirit & Transgender Awareness: Beyond Bathrooms (March 29). Full recordings of these panel discussions are available to view on the Director’s Panel Series on Identity, Inclusion and Human Rights webpage.

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