OBSERVING THE FIRST NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Sep 26, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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Educators and residential school survivors in Canada say they have been getting questions from non-Indigenous people on how best to honour the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation this Thursday.

Geraldine Shingoose, who is known as Gramma Shingoose, has been sharing her truths as a residential school warrior with schools in Manitoba for the past six years.

She says she’s been getting even more requests this year in the lead up to September 30th.

Shingoose says it’s important to hear directly from survivors about their experiences being forced to attend residential schools.

She also says people can observe a moment of silence at 2:15 p.m. Thursday to acknowledge the number of graves discovered at the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Linda Isaac, a First Nations educator, says teachers can share Indigenous values with younger students so they can fully understand the impacts the schools had on families and communities when they learn about them.

Both women say education needs to continue throughout the year.

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