By Lisa Dalla Vecchia, Communications Manager
In lead up to
Truth and Reconciliation Week (September 27 – October 1, 2021), the North Vancouver School District Indigenous Education team gifted each school with an Every Child Matters flag. The flag, which includes the original artwork of Indigenous Support Worker Ann Marchand, is meant to honour the lives and lived experiences of children who attended Indian residential schools in Canada.
At Capilano Elementary this week, grade three classmates Alaina and Ivy raised the new Every Child Matters flag on behalf of students and staff.
Both students were honoured to be given this responsibility and shared a bit about how the school was planning to observe Truth and Reconciliation Week.
On Wednesday, September 29, the Coast Salish Anthem will be acknowledged for both the school community and a special guest through a virtual assembly. At a later date, grade three students from Ms. Maki's and Ms. Marining's class will have an opportunity to sing the Coast Salish Anthem for the school community. Students will continue to be supported in their learning of the Coast Salish Anthem and traditional drumming by Indigenous Support Worker Gordon Tchilaqs7Tchila Dick.When asked about their learning to date, both students enthusiastically shared how excited they were to learn more about Indigenous song, language and culture. With respect to Every Child Matters, both students explained, “Some students made it home, and some did not."
[Blog post updated September 26, 2021]