On Thursday, September 29, our community gathered for a series of ceremonies throughout the day to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Formerly known as Orange Shirt Day, this day is recognized across Canada to note the lasting impacts of the residential school system in the country.
This year's ceremonies were a full communal effort, organized by and involving students from our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Students heard traditional songs and drumming from Coast Salish Elder Bill White from the Snuneymuxw First Nation and Wes Edwards from the Malahat Nation and Cowichan Tribe. At the Senior School, Coast Salish and Kwagiulth artist Carey Newman spoke to the community about his works The Witness Blanket and The Oaklands Totem, and how reconciliation work must be done with both hearts and hands.
Middle School students shared stories and reflections, and Grade 6 student Abigail P. performed a Métis Sash Dance.
Below, you can find photos from the ceremonies held to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.