Languages (Indigenous Education)
The Indigenous population continues to grow at St. Mary's College, therefore, we are offering a package of courses with a strong Indigenous focus. The students who complete 10 of these courses will graduate with a Certificate of Completion of Indigenous Studies from the Huron-Superior District School Board. After careful consideration, the package of courses include Anishinaabemonwin, History, Careers and Civics, Art and English courses with a strong emphasis on the stories, history and language of the original inhabitants of Turtle Island, known as North America.
These courses are open to all students as we believe it is important for all Canadians to have knowledge of Indigenous history and culture. The Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all students who completed 10 credits in this package. Courses will run only if sufficient numbers warrant.
All students of SMC are welcome to participate in events that focus on Indigenous Education, Indigenous People and the culture. In the past, we were able to offer an after-school drum making program and attend other functions that supported justice issues among First Nations communities in Canada. All students of First Nations, Métis or Inuit descent are encouraged to self-identify upon registration.
Counsellors from the local First Nations, Batchewana and Garden River, as well as counsellors from the Indian Friendship Centre and the Métis Nation of Ontario are available to speak with our students.