Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,
A couple weeks ago, I addressed the tragedy at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. In that post I said, “We learn best when we listen.” However, listening is only a first step. Reconciliation takes action. We cannot enter into the process of reconciliation without actionable steps.
June 21 is recognized as National Indigenous Peoples Day. In recognition of this day, Sibylla Kiddle School is proud to join all other CBE schools in making a commitment to action for the 2021-2022 school year. This commitment is made in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Report along with the accompanying Calls to Action. As a school, our Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation states:
Our stakeholders (staff, students and parents) will meaningfully engage in teaching and learning opportunities related to the teachings of the medicine wheel and its integrated connections to the curriculum. These teachings will be contemplated through a seasonal cycle connected to the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework of Spirit, Heart, Body and Mind.
I recently read an anonymous reflection online that reminds each of us that we should be teaching Indigenous brilliance and success as much as we teach Indigenous suffering and trauma. It is our genuine commitment that the school year ahead will be filled with on-going opportunities to honour Indigenous ways of knowing, in our classrooms, in various Weekly Updates, in our Council Meetings and in our conversations.