SD83 Schools will be holding special Orange Shirt Day events this week.
Assistant Superintendent Ryan Brennan notes that in light of the news regarding the unmarked graves found in Kamloops, in support of all Residential School survivors, and in remembrance of those that didn’t survive, their families, and the greater community during this difficult time, schools will hold an “Orange Shirt Day”. He notes that each school will be contacting their families with details early this week. He encourages all to wear orange on this day to show their support.
The Ministry of Education has also announced that to honour those who suffered trauma and harm at the former residential school in Kamloops, and their families and communities who are mourning, all schools in BC are asked to lower the Canadian flag to half-mast until further notice, as a sign of respect.
Deputy Minister Scott MacDonald states that they continue to reflect on all those touched by the news from the Tk‘emlups te Secwepemc. “This is a grim reminder of the trauma of the residential school system and the impacts that remain in our province today,”
SD83 will be working to provide local support to staff and students. Also you can contact the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419.