KPDSB Presented With Leonard Skye Building Bridges Award

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:00 PM

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has received a high honour from a local anti-racism group.

The school board was presented with the Leonard Skye Building Bridges Award for everyday efforts in enhancing diversity, respect, harmony, equality, humility, thus recognizing the importance of self dignity, self-esteem and the equality of all peoples.

Leonard Skye is a residential school survivor and was also a teacher himself and he presented the award to the school board himself and all of the local school were recognized as well such as Open Roads, New Prospect, Dryden High School and Lillian Berg School.

Skye says the programming at regional schools are helping with developing a social change to reduce racism, but he also says it takes a long time to develop so it is still a long road.

The Network says the public school board and area schools have "demonstrated this type of leadership by recognizing that cultural awareness fosters attitudes, beliefs and behaviours which are an important part of human dignity."

Councillor Martin MacKinnon also spoke at the presentation and said he has had the privilege of knowing Leonard Skye since Grade 9 and to see all the work he has done over the years.

MacKinnon also says that the award is very prestigious and a great honour to anyone who receives it.

The award was also given to the school board for programs such as Four Directions First Nations, Metis and Inuit Graduations Approach, High Risk Youth Group, leadership courses, Pow Wows, Orange Shirt Day and the sponsorship of public films, concerts and lectures.