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KSD holds Truth and Reconciliation events


September 30th, 2021 marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which was proposed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as one of its 94 Calls to Action. This day honours the survivors of the residential school system, their families, and communities. In past years all of Kelsey School Division schools recognized September 30th as Orange Shirt Day within the school. This year the Province of Manitoba marked September 30th as holiday and schools were closed. Each school recognized Truth and Reconciliation throughout the week, many designating September 29th as Orange Shirt Day.
Recognizing Truth and Reconciliation Week throughout Kelsey School Division was an opportunity for public schools to acknowledge the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities, and honour those who have been affected by the injustice. It also gives both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students the opportunity to experience Indigenous culture and traditions on the road to reconciliation.
At 2:15pm September 29th, all of the schools held a moment of silence for those who attended residential schools and those who did not come home. Many of the schools participated in learning, sharing and awareness projects. Projects such as window displays, bulletin boards and outdoor art installations. Scott Bateman Middle School scheduled a field trip to learn about tipis.
Ecole Opasquia created a beautiful window display for the community to see as they drive by. Each heart, hand and feather had a meaningful message from the students.
Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute also had students attend the Arbor site on OCN to participate in Truth and Reconciliation learning.
Kelsey Community School’s hallways were filled with messages of acknowledgement from their students.
Mary Duncan School created art; painted rock and orange t shirts with the 94 Calls to Action on them to display outside of the building for the community to see. On Wednesday September 29th the students prepared stew and bannock in their Foods and Nutrition class. University College of the North’s Bachelor of Education students joined the students in the afternoon to share in the learning.