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Grade 11s Welcome Guest Speaker

Class of 2023 welcomes guest speaker who offers an Indigenous voice and perspective.

On Friday, October 1, the Class of 2023 had the pleasure to host Mr. John Macdonald who shared his personal story and gave insights into Indigenous identity and rights. Mr. Macdonald is the Head of English at Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School in Brantford, ON. He was a teammate of Mr. Chahine’s at McGill University and was a first round draft pick of the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2002. Mr. MacDonald was raised in Simcoe, ON and is a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River, ON. He serves as the Indigenous consultant for a variety of organizations, including school boards and the CFL.

Mr. Macdonald met with the grade 11 class virtually and spoke about truth in one’s identity and the stigmatic portrayal of Indigenous in our Canadian history. He also spoke about the residential school system and how important it is to tell the stories of the survivors and to give the truthful picture of what happened during this dark time. However, he also encouraged us to move forward with a particular focus on embracing opportunities to listen to Indigenous voices and to learn about Indigenous history and culture.

His inspirational talk held a transformational message that we are all one people.

Niá:wen (pronounced: Knee-Yaw-when) - thank you in the Mohawk language.