First Nations Métis & Inuit Learning Services
- Expression of Reconciliation for the Legacy of the Residential School System
- National Centre for Truth and Reconcilation
- Residential Schools - 10 recommended books for children
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Where Are The Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning Services works with teachers and staff in our school district to increase understanding and promote awareness of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
“I know that reconciliation will not occur in one lifetime. It will require future generations to know our story and take on the duty of reconciliation. We need to educate our youth, and create the tools and put them in place so that our children and our children’s children can use them.”
- Chief Wilton Littlechild, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner
Orange Shirt Day - Logo contest has ended.
Mya Lapointe's, Westpark Middle School grade 8 student, artwork was chosen for the logo for the Red Deer Public Schools Orange T-shirts.
Orange Shirt Day is September 30. On this day we will raise awareness of the residential school experience and promote that Every Child Matters. This is a time for people to come together and commit to remembering, recovering and reconciling.
Orange Shirt Day began from the story of Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor. In 2013, she shared her story of when her cherished orange shirt was taken from her on the first day she attended the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in William’s Lake, BC. An orange shirt taken from this one child, is a symbol of the many losses experienced by thousands of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students, their families and communities, over several generations including: loss of family, language, culture, freedom, parenting, self-esteem and worth and painful experiences of abuse and neglect. The date of September 30th was chosen because it is the time of year that children were taken from their homes to residential schools, but also because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying within our school for the coming school year.
Thank you to all the artists who submitted an entry. Thank you to the community sponsors.
Congratulations to the runner ups at each school level:
Elementary School - Lochlyn Roberge, grade 3 Ecole Barrie Wilson
Middle School - Rosalyn Fisher, grade 8, Eastview Middle School
Honourable Mentions - Creeann Yellowface, grade 4, Fairview Elementary School
Red Deer Recreation, Parks and Culture
Information for Parents
The Truth and Reconciliation Commissions' final report includes a a call to action for federal, provincial and territorial governments to teach students about residential schools. The Alberta government is answering this call to action in it's commitment to "include enhanced mandatory content for all Alberta students on the significance of residential schools and treaties." Below is an article from Cheryl Devin, ATA Walking Together Consultant, to provide support for parents in talking about residential schools with their children.
The TRC Reading Challenge
We encourage staff, students, parents and community stakeholders to take the pledge to read the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Visit The TRC Reading Challenge to sign up and begin reading!