“When we walk together in a good way,
we remember Mawikwayk. Together, we are strong...
When we walk together in a good way,
we learn to know the world through two eyes.”
(Walking Together by Elder Albert D. Marshall and Louise Zimanyi)
In the book, “Walking Together”, the authors share ways in which we walk together to listen, learn and reflect on the stories of our ancestors and of the land. It is through this process that things are revealed, and we can leave the world better than we found it.
As we enter National Truth and Reconciliation Week, which includes with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as well as Orange Shirt Day, it is a time for us to walk together as a community to listen, learn and reflect upon the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools. Through this collective work, we continue our journey toward reconciliation, and work toward building and strengthening relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
In the coming week, each of our classes will take up work around Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day in a developmentally appropriate way and through their work in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. This may include listening to stories, sharing in circle or reflecting in sit spots on the land. It is our hope that through listening to and reflecting on the stories associated with this week, that we foster and build our connections and belonging as a school community. Students are invited to wear either an orange shirt or their favourite shirt on August 28.