Schools commemorate Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

For years, Slave Lake, Kinuso, and Smith Schools have recognized Orange Shirt Day. This year, it has been renamed National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. All schools recognized the day in some way.

Some schools were closed for the day. For example, Swan River School was closed, but did activities for the remainder of the week. Others were open. For example, Grade 6 students at E.G. Wahlstrom Elementary School in Slave Lake, took part in the community-wide ‘Truth, Then Reconciliation Walk.’

Lisa Palko, E.G. Walstrom principal says, “We’ve been doing activities through the last week; letter writing to the students of the residential schools and creating hearts for a heart garden which will eventually be out front of EGW by the teepee.”

Most photos are courtesy of the schools.

Ann McLeod and Wynter-Grace Thunder Muskego in orange shirts and ribbon skirts at C.J. Schurter School in Slave Lake.
Cree, and other Indigenous women, often wear ribbon skirts at powwows and other ceremonies. Each skirt tells a story.
Students at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School use their bodies to spell out ‘Every Child Matters’ in the backyard of the Slave Lake school.
St. Francis Assisi Catholic Academy staff in front of the school in Slave Lake.
Lakeside Outreach School in Slave Lake handed out orange shirt cookies to all its students.
A heart garden at the teepee outside of E.G. Wahlstrom Secondary School in Slave Lake.

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