I hope every family is having some relaxing time.
As you know, today (Thursday, September 30, 2021) is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
To help the parents understand, learn, and reflect Indigenous knowledge together with the kids on September 30, the NRP PAC has tidied up a page with resources and a book list suitable for kids of different ages.
Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30. The Government of Canada encourages all Canadians to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors. Please check more details about Orange Shirt Day in our document.
NRP school has an indigenous section of both fiction and non-fiction books in the learning commons. Their librarian, Ms. Lindsay Izat has moved the collection to the front of the library, so it is more noticeable. Students will start rotating through the library this week (some divisions might wait until the following weeks). Please note that all the students are welcome to take out books from the indigenous section of the library and read them together with the parents at home.
The school library also kept seven of the ten books on the attached list, and Ms. Izat has added the others to her ‘wish-list’ and will try to purchase them in the future.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
All the best,
NRP PAC Parent Education Committee