Red Deer Public to show video to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Red Deer Public Schools students will watch a division-wide video and participate in activities Thursday in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“Our schools have a longstanding commitment to commemorating Orange Shirt Day, with many students and staff throughout the Division recognizing the day by wearing orange, as well as honouring children who attended Indian Residential Schools, and remembering the children who did not survive,” said Chad Erickson, Superintendent in a media release.
“National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a call to action, and a reminder of our collective responsibility to create a better future for all. Together, as a school division, we embrace this opportunity to learn, grow, and work towards a future where every student feels valued, heard, and empowered to make a positive difference in our community.”
The 13-minute video will feature a land recognition recited by Red Deer Public students and staff, drumming and honour song by local Elder, the 10th anniversary of Orange Shirt Day and the story of Phyllis Webstad, orange Shirt design by Red Deer Public student, local Elder remembering his father’s time at The Mohawk Institute Residential School, a message from the Red Deer Native Friendship Society and a Jingle dance. The video will also demonstrate how Red Deer Public has commemorated Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Following the video, students will participate in grade appropriate activities, lessons and projects, which have also garnered interest from other school divisions, including those from out of province as they look to Red Deer Public for leadership in this area.
Community members can also watch the video online on YouTube.