I am so happy to be back in my role as Aboriginal Academic Success Teacher again this year with School District 8. I wanted to email to let everyone know that Rosemont Elementary will be doing a school-wide assembly on Wednesday Sept 29th at 9:30 a.m. to honor the families whose lives have been forever impacted by the Residential Schooling Program that operated in Canada starting in the 1870's until the last school closed in 1996. Students will learn, at an age-appropriate level, the background of Orange Shirt Day with an emphasis on the message that "every child matters".
Children are encouraged to wear Orange that day as a way to raise awareness in our communities and spark conversations. Our assembly itinerary is as follows:
Mrs. Mackay to open ceremony – territorial acknowledgment by a Rosemont student
Elder Debbie Bird to share a blessing
Student Drum Group led by Elder Debbie Bird
District Indigenization Coordinator Danica Weager will share some words and lead all of us through a Fit Nation Warm Up Activity
Run Time! Students and staff will run laps in the schoolyard to demonstrate our commitment to Truth & Reconciliation
School Wide Art Project. All students will get to create an orange hand print that will be displayed on a banner at our school with the message Every Child Matters
If you have any ideas, thoughts or comments about this please do not hesitate to reach out. If you would like some resources for yourself or your children that you can use at home I have provided a link to the Orange Shirt Day website as well as a link to the Truth and Reconciliation Week initiative that is open to the General Public.
Please contact The Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free 1 (800) 721-0066 or 24hr Crisis Line 1 (866) 925-4419 if you require further emotional support or assistance.
With lots of love, light and gratitude I say kinanaskimotin, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to work with your precious children.