Sacred Heart School participates in Orange Shirt Day
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
Students at Sacred Heart School donned orange clothing October 2 in observance of Orange Shirt Day.
Held annually in Canada on September 30, the day honours Indian Residential School survivors and their healing journeys, as well as students who did not return from the schools.
The day also thrusts the legacy of the schools into the spotlight and commemorates the ongoing process of reconciliation.
School vice-principal Kim Savoie shared, “It was an opportunity for us, as a school community, to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.”
On September 29, school staff took part in a professional development session with Elliott Doxtater Wynn.
A recipient of the youth achievement recognition award in 2007 and the first Indigenous man to receive the Northwester Ontario Visionary award, “Top 20 under 40” through the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, Wynn has also taught arts and culture education throughout the city of Thunder Bay and in school boards across Northwestern Ontario.
Savoie explained, “The professional development session Cross Cultural Literacy and Understanding provided the opportunity for Sacred Heart School teachers, school staff, and board leaders, to increase their knowledge and awareness of Indigenous cultures, histories, traditions, and perspectives, as well as supporting First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students in their educational achievement.
“It was an amazing experience. It was on this day that all staff at the school were provided with a t-shirt depicting one of the Seven Grandfather teachings. These t-shirts were given to the school by Jonathan Baum at the Sioux Hudson Literacy Council in the spring. We were blessed to have enough to provide one to every staff member. We are excited to have the shirts and look forward to including them on our casual Fridays.”
School staff wore the t-shirts October 2.