The Ottawa Catholic School Board is pleased to share the statement of apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of this land. As a Catholic community, we are in full support and committed to continue the steps towards Truth and Reconciliation.
At the Board, we will honour Truth and Reconciliation Week from September 27 to October 1. We will recognize Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, and all flags across all schools and sites will be lowered to half-mast.
Students and staff will participate in learning opportunities to expand their knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit culture and history throughout the week.
Examples of learning opportunities and experiences for OCSB staff and students:
- Opportunities to connect virtually with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit parents
- Virtual learning opportunities with Elders and Indigenous partners in our community
- Guest speakers throughout the week including Dr. Margaret Brigham, Justin Holness, David A. Robertson, Albert Dumont, Mark Seabrook and more
- A unique opportunity offered by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to hear from Phyllis (Jack) Webstad – Residential School Survivor and Founder of Orange Shirt Day
Educators and staff can also participate in various online webinars through the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to learn about the history and intergenerational impact of the Residential School system.
Families who wish to continue the conversation and learning at home can participate in many online events. Please check out this list of Resources and Events for Families.
We wear orange because every child matters
Wearing an orange shirt (or anything orange, even a ribbon) on September 30 shows that you recognize the Residential Schools impact on multiple generations of Indigenous families. It shows you understand the need for reconciliation. You are open to being part of the discussion regarding the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy left behind. It shows you believe every child matters! On Thursday, September 30, wear orange!
Truth and Reconciliation all year long
In addition to wearing Orange, we invite all students and staff to reflect on their learning throughout the week to discuss ways to continue the conversations and actions across school communities after Truth and Reconciliation Week. Let us keep the conversation going. What is one action you can take to contribute to Reconciliation throughout the school year? Share with us by mentioning @ocsbIndigenous and use the hashtag #ocsbReconciliAction.
We will offer activities such as collaborative projects, webinars, learning journeys, and book clubs throughout the year.