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AJAX, ON — Rubicon Author and Series Editor Robert Cutting recently presented to 100 teachers and administrators at the Durham Catholic District School Board on Indigenous issues and history.

On March 22, Robert took participants through a different view of Indigenous history with his use of story and music. Teachers and Administrators were presented with an alternate perspective on the history of Canada’s Indigenous people than what is commonly given in the educational field. The afternoon session allowed staff members planning time for activities that their students could use to continue the exploration of Indigenous thought and life within their schools.

In addition, he gave an overview of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission work, suggesting a way forward with students and the school communities. “Story and culture are wound together, and the need for mainstream Canadian society to listen to the Indigenous voice is vital at this time in our history if we are to move forward as a nation.”

Robert was delighted with the response from his presentation. “Days like this are incredible as the energy from the Teachers and Administrators is infectious!” he said. “I was honoured to be able to share some of this knowledge with them, and be part of their teachings as they responded to my words.”

During the session, the participants were able to select titles authored by Robert Cutting from the Turtle Island Voices series, as well as other Indigenous-related books, creating for each Teacher a “take away” of books they could readily use in their schools. For more information about Robert Cutting’s series Turtle Island Voices please visit the Rubicon site here.