Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, renewal day

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board (UCDSB) is host­ing a spe­cial gath­er­ing of Indige­nous elders, knowl­edge-keep­ers, lo­cal stu­dents and school staff to­day (May 9) in Maxville to dis­cuss rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing about Indige­nous peo­ple’s sto­ries, his­to­ries, and cul­ture.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Met­calfe Cen­tre, on the fair­grounds.

The Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion + 3 Gath­er­ing for Re­flec­tion and Renewal takes place over four days at two lo­ca­tions to ac­com­mo­date stu­dents from across the board.

The eastern divi­sion por­tion tak­ing place in Maxville is be­ing hosted by Maxville Pub­lic School and will in­clude sev­eral UCDSB schools as par­tici- pants.

There will be an evening feast on the first day of the event, which will in­clude a Thanks­giv­ing Ad­dress, re­marks by dig­ni­taries and a pre­sen­ta­tion of a spe­cial hand-crafted Bent­wood Box hon­our­ing schools that host th­ese days of learn­ing and re­flec­tion.

The ac­tiv­i­ties are part of the board’s ef­forts to re­spond to the “Calls To Ac­tion” is­sued by the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion of Canada in 2015, which iden­ti­fied “sus­tained pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and di­a­logue, in­clud­ing youth en­gage­ment” as the way to move for­ward be­yond the sad na­tional legacy of fed­eral res­i­den­tial schools and its im­pact on Indige­nous peo­ple in Canada.

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