Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,
This past week the CBE Indigenous Team posted a tweet on September 22, the Fall Equinox. It said, “Today is fall equinox – a time when daylight & nighttime share the sky equally. Today is also Treaty 7 Day – the 144th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7. The |sun|&|moon|s equality today teaches us how to honour the treaty…by walking together in equal partnership. #welcomeoko”
This upcoming week we recognize Orange Shirt Day as a school and the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation as a country. These are days intentionally set aside for reconciliation, learning and action. As a school, students and staff are encouraged to wear orange shirts as a symbol of our collective recognition of our past, our relationships and our commitment to move forward with Indigenous people. Like the tweet above, it is a day to further stake our commitment to learning in the spirit of equality. All of our students will be participating in developmentally appropriate activities for their grade level as we learn, reflect and move forward together.
Families are encouraged to take time on Thursday, September 30 to engage in further conversation on this topic. How will your family acknowledge the day? Will you take time to walk on the land and consider the lessons you can learn from it? Will you engage in a conversation about Canada’s history? Will you intentionally stop and reflect in silence on the tragedy of lives lost? Further resources and information with respect to both Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation can be located in the links above as well as through the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.