National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2021
This week we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day gives us the opportunity to reflect on how we came to be here, in the beautiful place in which we have settled. We have so much to be grateful for.
This day also gives us the opportunity to reflect on the toll that our path to this place has taken on the Peoples whose land this was and still is. There is a lot that we want to reflect on, so we will be designating next week “Orange Shirt Week.” We invite students to wear orange shirts throughout the week. During the week, students will work with their classes to come up with a poem, song or short play about our gratitude and our acknowledgement, that they will present in an Orange Shirt Week assembly on Friday, October 1.
This year, Canada has declared that Thursday, September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, is a statutory holiday. In the past, September 30 was Orange Shirt Day and an opportunity for NWS students to recognize our past and our present. This year, although we will not be at school on September 30, we would like to ask our faculty, staff, parent and student community to join us in recognizing the day. On September 30, we encourage all those in the Nelson Waldorf School community to visit Nelson City Hall, taking some time to reflect as a family about the meaning of the day. At City Hall, we ask families to lay a pair of shoes on the fence outside City Hall in acknowledgement of the children who were sent to residential schools and those who never went home. We encourage you to join the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society for a sacred fire in Castlegar from 11am to 1pm if you are able.
In summary, please join us in acknowledging our shared history:
When: 30 September 2021
Where: In front of Nelson City Hall
Time: Sometime during the day
With: A pair of children’s shoes to commemorate the children who went to, and those who died at residential schools