Dear School Community, Students, and Families,
We are approaching a momentous occasion: our first statutory holiday for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, following the passage of significant legislation by the Province of British Columbia on March 9, 2023. This legislation enshrines the importance of this day in B.C. law, providing more people with the opportunity to commemorate the history and legacy of the residential school system each year on September 30.
The Province of British Columbia's decision to establish September 30 as a statutory holiday marks a pivotal moment in our commitment to truth and reconciliation. This legal recognition offers a chance for all of us to reflect upon the history and enduring impact of the residential school system. It underscores the importance of this day in fostering understanding, healing, and unity.
Important Dates and Events:
Orange Shirt Day Assembly (Friday, September 29 from 10:30am to 11:20am): Our annual Orange Shirt Day Assembly is fast approaching. Please remember to wear an orange shirt on this day as a symbol of your dedication to this crucial cause.
Stɑl̓əw̓ Pow-Wow (September 15 to 17): We also invite you to join the stɑl̓əw̓ Pow-wow, a welcoming, family-friendly event taking place at the Langley Events Centre, BC, from September 15 to 17. This immersive three-day cultural experience is open to everyone, and you will likely run into some familiar faces there too! For further information, visit the stɑl̓əw̓ Pow-wow website.
Support Indigenous Artists and Initiatives:
Should you need to purchase an orange shirt for Orange Shirt Day, we encourage you to choose shirts created by recognized Indigenous artists, with proceeds contributing to the Residential School Survivors Fund or First Nations initiatives. You can explore options from Indigenous-owned businesses like the Wickaninnish Gallery, where the "Every Child Matters" shirt is available. Find more details and make a purchase here.
These events and initiatives provide our school community with the opportunity to unite, learn, and demonstrate support for truth, reconciliation, and Indigenous cultures. We wholeheartedly encourage your participation in these activities as we continue on the path of understanding and healing.
Thank you for your commitment to fostering a more inclusive and compassionate community.
Your Indigenous Education Committee