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National Day For Truth and Reconciliation

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National Day For Truth and Reconciliation

Students in Grades 6-12 heard from Howard Jolly (Executive Director of the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada) and his wife Karen during a special Chapel on September 29. 

September 30 marked the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is dedicated to acknowledging the long-lasting effects of Residential Schools; inviting everyone to take time to honour and remember Residential School survivors, as well as the children who never returned home. Together, we can work towards healing and a more collaborative future.

Students and staff were encouraged to wear orange shirts to show solidarity with Indigenous peoples and to bring attention to the Every Child Matters Movement. Howard and Karen both spoke and sang about the hurt their people have experienced and their hope in Christ. The two shared that brokenness can be mended through storytelling and by recognizing the good things that come from God’s glory. Howard sang two original songs to communicate these messages in a particularly meaningful way. 

Reconciliation is an ongoing process that involves actively listening to one another, learning from each others’ stories, and loving our neighbours as ourselves. Students were challenged to be a part of this healing solution at our Truth and Reconciliation Chapel.