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FMPSD Statement: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

FMPSD Statement: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021

Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) stands in solidarity with our Indigenous communities as we observe the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation today. The goal of the day is to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. We observed Orange Shirt Day yesterday, and as evident from our social media - a sea of Orange was across 16 schools as students and staff embraced the day remembering the children who never made it home, and the survivors still living with the trauma as well as their families.

Truth and Reconciliation is about action and FMPSD is living this as a priority. Our advocacy does not start and begin with a day, it is ongoing. FMPSD staff have opportunities, resources, and lessons available for their students. And, students in turn benefit from this as they participate in land-based camps, hear from Elders from our Elders’ Council, share in the Seven Sacred Teachings and so much more. Reconciliation is action and we are taking action plus preparing our youth to continue the work for future generations.

As settlers on Treaty 8 land - we promise to keep listening, learning and growing through education - for the lost children, for survivors - because Every Child Matters.

Jennifer Turner

Superintendent

                                                                                      Fort McMurray Public School Division