Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021

Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021
Posted on 09/27/2021

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) has organized various programming to support Truth and Reconciliation Week (September 27 to October 1), a five-day national event that will continue the conversations from Every Child Matters including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools system.

All schools and board sites, including the Board office, will lower flags to half-mast for the duration of the week. Some schools may also fly Indigenous flags.

Schools in Limestone will participate in this online event which will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists.

The public is invited to participate in various online events which will be live streamed. Visit the NCTR for a full schedule.
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation which is also Orange Shirt Day, the culminating activity of Truth and Reconciliation Week. Individuals are invited to wear orange on September 30 to commemorate the residential school experience and honour the healing journey of survivors and their families. On this day, we are encouraged to learn more about the history of these schools and create meaningful discussions about the effects of residential schools and the legacy they have left behind. We can do this by raising awareness, providing truthful education, and showing survivors that they matter. 

Limestone recommits to our important role in educating our school communities about the shameful legacy of residential schools, and the ongoing need for Truth and ongoing and meaningful Reconciliation. Learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's 94 Calls to Action.

Mental health counselling and crisis support is available through the Hope for Wellness Hotline by calling 1-855-242-3310 or online.  Counselling is available in Cree, Ojibway & Inuktitut, on request. The National Indian Residential School Crisis line is 1-866-925-4419. Kids Help Phone can be accessed 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 or visiting the Kids Help Phone website for text and chat options.