September 26, 2021 6:05 AM
The St. Clair District Catholic School Board (SCCDSB) plans to offer several opportunities next week for students and their families to mark Truth and Reconciliation Week.
The board said it had already started preparing students for these celebrations by bringing in a young motivational speaker, Theland Kicknosway from Bkejwanong Territory, who led learning sessions from September 21, 2021. Its messages aim to inspire young people to take action and create change. .
Staff and parents will also have the opportunity to learn more about the impacts of the residential school system and the role they can play in helping youth learn more about it as the school board hosts an event with Jenny Kay Dupuis, author of I Am Not a Number and Biindigaygizhig, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.
Anyone interested in registering for this event can click here.
The SCCDSB will also be leading some classroom initiatives throughout Truth and Reconciliation Week, including the National Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30, also known as Orange Shirt Day.
Students and staff will be encouraged to wear orange on this day as a symbol of their support and they will learn from survivors and family members of survivors how they can raise awareness of the issues.
âThe recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Week and all of the planned activities provide schools and communities with an opportunity to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations,â said Deb Crawford, director of the education, in a press release. âSt. Clair Catholic has a tradition of delivering first-hand learning to communities across the system, in accordance with the calls to action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, as we deepen our relations with our aboriginal partners.
You can find more information on the school board’s plans for Truth and Reconciliation Week by clicking here.