Submitted by : Rebecca Wabigwan (Grade 12 student at Kina Awiiya Secondary School)
September 30th, 2020, marks the first National day in history for Truth and Reconciliation. A new federal statutory holiday meant to recognize the legacy of residential schools, acknowledging the lost children, their families and communities who are continually impacted from residential schools.
We wear orange on this day as a reminder of the tragic and painful truth that has been left with our people.
Although this is not a public holiday, and only federally regulated workplaces (such as federal government, post offices, etc.) will be closed, is it important to respectfully educate everyone about our true history on this day. In honor of Every Child Matters, students and staff at Kina Awiiya school wear orange shirts and volunteer their time tying orange ribbons on the fence surrounding the school.