The’í:t qas Slilekwelelhlàt / National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

Remembering the Children

hákw’elestset te’ stá:xwelh

Attend the National Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day Event on Sept. 30:

This event is timely in that, as per the website XYÓLHMET YE SYÉWIQWÉLH (TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN),  “Stó:lō Nation Chiefs’ Council (SNCC), under the leadership of Chief David Jimmie, President of the SNCC, launched a broad-based and inclusive initiative to investigate potential unmarked graves and missing children related to three of the former Residential School sites within S’ólh Téméxw.  This initiative includes the former St. Mary’s (Mission), Coqualeetza (Chilliwack), and All Hallows institution (Yale), in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.”

This work began in early September 2022 at St. Mary’s in Fraser River Heritage Park and will continue every Thursday and Friday of each week in September, as long as the weather cooperates (i.e., no heavy rain). As the rain impacts the accuracy of the equipment, the work will stop for the rainy months and resume in late Spring 2023. There are a few different sites within the former St. Mary’s grounds that will need to be investigated over the course of the next year or so. Once the work is complete a report will be generated and findings shared.

The event is presented in partnership by Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Education Advisory Council and Members of local Nations, including Sq’éwlets, Leq’á:mel, and Kwantlen.

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Mental Health and Wellness Supports:

______________________________________________________________________________________________

Resources and Support for Educators and Families:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation:

Registration required in advance

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

BCTF: Beyond September 30th: Doing the Work

Click here to access this document for all educators.

______________________________________________________________________________________

CBC Unreserved Article and Podcast with Murray Sinclair

Every Child Matters – Educator Guide
English
French
“Written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, this magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed for students in grades 5–12 and is available in both English and French.
Each chapter teaches children about residential schools, Treaties, and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Accompanied by supplementary educational resources, the magazine is both a guide and a journal for young people as they explore their feelings, build confidence, and foster greater respect and empathy throughout their reconciliation journeys.”

_________________________________________________________________________________________

“Content Warning (CW)/Trigger Warning (TW):  Viewers are advised that the following website may contain/contains images, names and voices of people who have passed away”.

K-12 Residential School Curriculum for SD75:
“The Elders would like all visitors to this website to know that “none of these teachings are forced upon you.  These lessons are not meant to offend but are offered with Respect, Honour and Trust”.
This entire Website and All learning resources are the result of the courageous efforts of Elders and Survivors. We Thank you for sharing the Truth with us!”

St. Mary’s Documentary – Content Warning:

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Siwal Si’wes Library: Every Child Matters Collection

(features educator resources, websites, books available at Siwal Si’wes library, and more)

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Halq’eméylem Phrases (k’was hoy to Brenda Pierre)

The’í:t qas Slilekwelelhlàt (Truth  and  (harmony + day)) / Truth and Reconciliation day

hákw’elestset te’ stá:xwelh / Remembering the children

Hi::kw te mekw’ stá:xwelh / Every child matters.

Shxwelistexw mekw’stl’itl’eqelh / Every child matters.

Éy kw’s hákw’elestset ye stá:xwelh / We remember our children.

Xwelmi:aytset / We are the future.

A’altha hí::kw / I matter.

Hi::kwtsel ta’a’altha! / I am important. I matter!

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Made with Padlet

Preparing for Reconciliation Week

Designed by Peggy Janicki.

K’was hoy to Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Education for sharing these learning opportunities and resources:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: Walking the Path to Reconciliation in 2021

“This year, we gained a deeper collective understanding of the devastating and ongoing impacts of Canada’s residential school system. The recognition of unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools reopened the wounds that Survivors and their families have been tending for generations.

It also sparked a new conversation across the country as more people learn, engage, and reflect. Truth and Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to bring together people from nations and cultures across the country to continue this reconciliation journey.

In the week leading up to September 30, Orange Shirt Day, we will honour the children who were sent to residential schools and the many who never came home. We will come together to embrace the hope we see in this renewed conversation as we work to ensure the truth of this country’s history is known. Truth and Reconciliation Week would not be possible without the Survivors, the children of Survivors, Indigenous Elders, and Knowledge Keepers who continue truth-telling to advance reconciliation through education.”

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

CBC Unreserved Article and Podcast with Murray Sinclair

Truth and Reconciliation Week runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2021. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is planning week-long learning opportunities for educators and students.
 
Over the course of five days, teachers will share videos created by Indigenous storytellers, which show traditional ceremonies and artistic performances, alongside conversations with Elders and knowledge keepers, survivors, and children of survivors of residential schools. There will also be a moving tribute to the missing children that never returned home from the residential schools. On September 30, Orange Shirt Day, a special program will be held to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Registration is accessible on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website.

NCTR Supporting Resources:
Schedule for Educators
-Educator Magazine (English)(French)
Educator Guide (English)
Le Guide de l’enseignant (French)
-Reconciliation through Education (all grade levels) (English) (French)



_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

What Is Reconciliation from TRC – CVR on Vimeo.

Every Child Matters – Educator Guide
English
French
“Written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, this magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed for students in grades 5–12 and is available in both English and French.
Each chapter teaches children about residential schools, Treaties, and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Accompanied by supplementary educational resources, the magazine is both a guide and a journal for young people as they explore their feelings, build confidence, and foster greater respect and empathy throughout their reconciliation journeys.”

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

K-12 Residential School Curriculum for SD75.
“The Elders would like all visitors to this website to know that “none of these teachings are forced upon you.  These lessons are not meant to offend but are offered with Respect, Honour and Trust”.
This entire Website and All learning resources are the result of the courageous efforts of our Elders and Survivors. We Thank you for sharing the Truth with us!”

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society – Virtual Participation (films, stories and more)

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Siwal Si’wes Library: Every Child Matters Collection

(features educator resources, websites, books available at Siwal Si’wes library, and more)

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Local Event

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Join Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc on September 30 at 2:15 pm Pacific to drum and sing for the missing
children of Indian Residential Schools.

Article with details from the Wellness Almanac.

Video:

Shared by MPSD students:

Two of 171 letters sent in response to the recovery of children at Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc:

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Mental Health and Wellness Supports:

Image
Image
______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Shared by the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

____________________________________________________________________________

Related Event October 13th: