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Media Release: BRSD Commemorates National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day: A Commitment to Learning Together

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BRSD Commemorates National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day: A Commitment to Learning Together

Throughout the month of September, Battle River School Division (BRSD) proudly joins communities across Canada in recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We are dedicated to a journey of understanding, reflection, and commemoration.

On September 29th, 2023, staff and students will culminate our month of learning by wearing our orange shirts in honor of Orange Shirt Day. This day serves as a symbol of our commitment to reconciliation, and a reminder that every child matters.

Throughout September, our classrooms and schools have been actively engaging in meaningful activities aimed at deepening students' understanding of the history and lasting impacts of residential schools on Indigenous communities. These activities encompass fostering empathy, promoting reconciliation, and encouraging critical thinking among our students. We believe that this extended period of learning allows for a thoughtful process of exploration, and a comprehensive approach to learning about residential schools, their impact, and their historical significance.

BRSD Superintendent, Rhae-Ann Holoien emphasized the importance of this learning, which is a significant observance with a much broader commitment.

"National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day are not just one day events for us,” says Holoien. “This learning is part of our commitment to reconciliation and understanding that takes place throughout the month of September and beyond. We are dedicated to fostering a culture of empathy, inclusivity, and mutual respect."

BRSD acknowledges that the process of learning and reconciliation is ongoing and extends well beyond a single month. Therefore, BRSD is committed to maintaining our efforts throughout the year.

BRSD encourages parents, guardians, and community members to engage in conversations about reconciliation at home and to support the educational activities taking place within our schools and communities.

Please enjoy this video which was created by BRSD École Camrose Composite High School students.

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