The Government of Canada has formally designated September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day will be federally observed to honour First Nations, Inuit and Metis survivors and their families and communities, and ensure the public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools.
The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) recognizes the historic and ongoing impacts of residential schools on survivors, their families, Indigenous students, staff and the broader community. As provinces continue to investigate former sites of residential schools, we understand this will likely continue to unearth information that echoes the devastating truths outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.
We encourage all LKDSB staff to take steps to learn the history and current realities and ongoing effects of residential schools and to take action in the reconciliation process. Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange shirts on Thursday, September 30, 2021 for Orange Shirt Day. This day will also be a catalyst to encourage further learning and understanding about the residential school system and the impacts that system has had on First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. This is a meaningful way as school communities to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope because “Every Child Matters". Respectfully, flags at all LKDSB schools and facilities will be lowered on this day.
This day of recognition will be part of the activities and discussions occurring during Truth and Reconciliation Week (September 27 to October 1), which will also include discussions about the truth of Indigenous treaties, languages and culture and First Nation, Metis and Inuit land claims. All schools and Board facilities will also be displaying an “Every Child Matters" flag during Truth and Reconciliation Week, September 27-October 1, 2021.
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