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Honouring Diversity: Truth and Reconciliation



September 30th will be the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

The Windsor Essex-Catholic District School Board is committed to sharing the true history and legacy of residential schools, acknowledging the harm that has been done and honouring survivors, their families and communities. Together, we will center this truth in the spirit of healing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, toward our board’s vision of “building communities of faith, hope and service”.

As part of our commitment and in the spirit of healing, the WECDSB will solemnly recognize this first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, by gathering as a community to honour the survivors of residential schools and the lives of those children who never made it home. All staff and students are being encouraged to wear orange shirts as a symbol of remembrance and respect.  We will honour the solemn day with opportunities for reflection as a community, through acknowledgment, prayers and school awareness activities.

As a necessary step on the road toward reconciliation, we affirm our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action for Education (#62, 63) to “embed Indigenous cultures, histories, perspectives and contributions in the curriculum (K-12), including learning about the history and legacy of residential schools, in age-appropriate ways”. This work is done in acknowledging the truth, which must come before any reconciliation can occur. We strive to build intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect in our school communities.

We recognize the need for ongoing learning and sharing of the truth in collaboration with our Indigneous Education Advisory Committee, Indigenous families and community to take meaningful action as a system this National Truth and Reconciliation Day and beyond.
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