February 4, 2023

A whole lot of Winnipeg highschool college students stroll for reconciliation – Winnipeg

A whole lot of Winnipeg highschool college students stroll for reconciliation – Winnipeg

A whole lot of Winnipeg highschool college students took half in a stroll for reconciliation Thursday, forward of Canada’s Nationwide Day for Fact and Reconciliation.

The Churchill Excessive Faculty college students participated in a smudging ceremony Thursday morning, earlier than strolling from their college to the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks.

“We needed college students to have the chance to take motion and to essentially suppose and be contemplative and connect with tales of residential survivors,” Kelly Friesen, a instructor on the college, instructed World Information.

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Friesen says they’ve been instructing the scholars concerning the historical past of residential faculties and colonization, together with the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died after working away from residential college in Kenora, Ont., in 1966.

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For Grade 12 pupil Quinn Proulx, tales like which are essential to study, as she has members of the family who attended residential faculties.

“I’ve heard a narrative in my household of somebody who went to a residential college, and she or he fortunately survived from it. However yeah, I simply suppose it’s essential as a result of it’s my ancestry. I wish to symbolize that and be supportive of that,” Proulx instructed World Information.

“Clearly it’s unhappy, however it makes me really feel type of joyed (to) know that individuals are beginning to lastly see how dangerous it was and simply to understand (how) the households will need to have felt. And understanding that it’s a part of my household, it makes me really feel like (I) really feel observed and appreciated from that.”

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Grade 12 pupil Shayne Cote says the day is bittersweet, however an essential studying expertise.

“It’s essential as a result of it actually reveals that you simply obtained to honour the people who have been affected by residential faculties,” Cote mentioned.

“Residential faculties have been such a horrible factor that occurred to the nation, even at this time you’re nonetheless feeling results from it. You actually obtained to honour the people who misplaced lives, lives have been affected by them, lives (that) modified course.”

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