For Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday A.L. Fortune Secondary’s Traditional Drum and Secwepemcstin Language Group drummed and sang in recognition of the realities of bullying and its unhealthy impact on individuals and to add their voices calling for an end to bullying.
The first song is the ‘Secwepemc Healing Song’ for those who have experienced bullying. The song is to show support in their recovery from the hurtful/harmful affects of bullying. The second song is the (AIM) Turtle Island Honour Song. This song is dedicated to all the people who have suffered bullying and to all the people who help stop bullying. They are trying to inspire those who listen to be kind.
The Traditional Drum Team has 17 students from grade seven to grade 12. The ALF Traditional Drum Team tries to build new songs for drumming and singing. The songs come from the Secwepemc Nation and other First Nations communities of Turtle Island. Each song has purpose and meaning and is shared with respect and honour, explains team leader Dodie Jones.
She adds the Secwepemcstin Language Program has some new members as well as some who have been part of the program for five years. It teaches students from various First Nations background and ancestry and inspires them to learn more about their home Nations, ancestry and language.