The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, along with Dryden High School, New Prospect School, Open Roads and Lilian Berg Public School, have all received the Leonard Skye Building Bridges Award.

The award is presented by the Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network, which is presented annually to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated leadership above and beyond everyday efforts to enhance diversity, respect, harmony, equality, humility, dignity and self-esteem.

DAARN says that the KPDSB and local schools have demonstrated this type of leadership by recognizing that cultural awareness fosters positive attitudes, beliefs and behaviours, in both students and staff.

Examples of these initiatives include Dryden High School’s Four Directions – First Nations, Metis and Inuit Graduation Program, a High-Risk Youth Group, leadership courses, powwows, Orange Shirt Day, concerts, films, lectures, and more.

An official presentation of the award will take place at City Hall on March 21, the day designated by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Skye is a residential school survivor, teacher, and one of the original founders of the annual Mini Powwow at Dryden High School. He was the first recipient of the award.

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