National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Posted on 09/27/2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

As a school community, we engage in learning activities to raise awareness and understanding of the lasting impact of Canada’s residential school system on Indigenous communities across Canada. This is a vital part of our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action.

 

Please note, this is not a statutory holiday in Ontario and schools will be open, with learning activities taking place. However, some Indigenous families may decide to keep their children home on that day to engage in activities with family and community.

 

Indigenous self identification is a confidential process and should not be a requirement for students to be away from school on this important day. As this is a day of mourning for Indigenous communities, there is no expectation that students who are away from school on this day participate in any school-related activities.

 

This meaningful day signals a year-long, ongoing commitment to learning that centres the truth of the harmful effects of colonialism, including the residential schools system that caused the loss of Indigenous lives, languages and traditions for generations.

 

How our school is participating in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

 

Below are some of the ways this day will be recognized at our school include:

 

     Opening and closing exercises featuring a virtual opening address by Algonquin Knowledge Keeper Monique Manatch and a land acknowledgment by OCDSB Director of Education Camille Williams-Taylor

     Age appropriate learning activities to deepen understanding of truth and reconciliation

 

We encourage you to review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action.

 

Visit the OCDSB National Truth and Reconciliation Day webpage to learn more about:

 

-       How the OCDSB is marking this day

-       Actions parents and students can take

-       Community and mental health resources for Indigenous students and families

 

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or the school admin team.

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