Several activities have been on the go this week as Lloydminster public schools accentuated its learning with Indigenous programming to recognize the National Truth and Reconciliation Day being observed on Sept. 30.
On Friday which is also known as Orange Shirt Day, schools will be having a moment of silence at 2:15 p.m. in remembrance of all the Indigenous Children who attended residential schools, including the 215 whose remains were discovered in Kamloops last May.
Students will be dressed in orange shirts as they walk to remember Indigenous children who did not make it home. Jack Kemp students will be walking with the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre at 1:00 pm and College Park will do their walk right after the moment of silence at 2:15 p.m.
Indigenous coach Denae Bruce says under the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission they are committed to making age-appropriate curriculum available that deals with Residential Schools.
The activities have ranged from video presentations, Indigenous storytelling, games and art, bannock making and as well, Bishop Lloyd and Lloydminster Comprehensive will be facilitating blanket exercises for students and staff to participate.
“Through this exercise they will explore the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. How this relationship has been damaged over the years and how we can work together toward reconciliation. So it’s a powerful activity.”
Bruce says the school division is committed to wholeheartedly moving forward with reconciliation to build understanding and grow together.
“There has to be awareness of the past and acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes and actions to change the behaviour.”
Honour and respect will also be shown at the football game on Friday as the Lloydminster Comprehensive Barons host the Wainwright Commandos at Armstrong field from 6 p.m. For this event, they will be singing O’Canada in Cree at 5:45 p.m. and players will be wearing an orange patch. Spectators are also encouraged to wear orange. Bannock with soup and/or Bannock burgers will be served at the game.