Mourning with our Indigenous Communities
May 30, 2021
The recent news of the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a residential school for Indigenous children in British Columbia has been heartbreaking and has shaken us all. It is a horrific reminder of the injustices perpetrated against our Indigenous community in our Nation's recent history. We grieve for the students who perished and any members of our First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples who have suffered.
This news has come to us just as we are preparing to recognize Indigenous History Month throughout the month of June. As a school board we are committed to taking action to live out our responsibilities in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action. We will continue to support greater awareness to all students and staff of our collective responsibilities under the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action throughout the month of June. Our Program department has provided speakers and resources to assist further learning that can be accessed in the weeks ahead.
As a school board we stand with our Indigenous communities in grief and sorrow.
We will be lowering our flags to half-mast beginning tomorrow in all our schools and at the Catholic Education Centre in solidarity with our First Nations, Metis, Inuit communities.
We ask for your prayers of peace and healing for all who are grieving.
Director of Education