By Cindy Hudson, Principal.
As a community, staff and students at
Lynnmour/Xa7elcha have been undertaking a committed learning journey throughout
the past 12 months. As a Downie Wenjack Legacy School, Lynnmour/Xa7elcha is dedicated to making positive
changes and learning together.
This month, each class
examined aspects of life at residential schools and the history of the Indian residential
school system in Canada. Classes from kindergarten to grade 7 took the
initiative to create information posters and boards about what they had
learned. As a cumulative event, the school community participated in a learning
walk for understanding to share knowledge and reflections.
On Thursday October 21, every class at
Lynnmour/Xa7elcha shared their learnings on an important Secret Path--Walk for
Wenjack. The Secret Path tells the story of Chanie
Wenjack, a young boy taken to residential
school in Kenora, Ontario. He eventually ran away in an attempt to make it home
(over 600 km away) and sadly was unsuccessful in his journey. Chanie’s legacy is
one of education for us all and a call to action.
In classrooms, students have become leaders in
listening and sharing. During our Secret Path--Walk for Wenjack, student
leaders provided stories and information to all classes (and any guest who
happened to be walking by) about what Indian residential schools were, how they
looked, what some students experienced, and where they were located in B.C. The day was full of learning, reflection,
listening and talking about why it is important for all of us to know what
happened and how we can move forward to ensure all students are set on a path
Staff and students at
Lynnmour/Xa7elcha are committed to infusing Indigenous ways of knowing into
their classrooms. They have embraced opportunities for learning--from
traditional arts and weaving, to professional development, to listening and
learning the truth about Canada’s history from firsthand and secondhand
We appreciate the support and
guidance of the North Vancouver School District’s Indigenous Education Team. Furthermore,
I personally am so grateful for the open hearts, open minds and leadership of so
many of the staff members at Lynnmour/Xa7elcha because without their commitment
and passion for making a difference, students would not have the learning experiences
The history of Canada is our collective history.
We need to understand what really happened, as reconciliation is a
responsibility for all of us to take on in order to heal and come together as a
country. Our hope is that the students of Lynnmour/Xa7elcha took their learning
experience home with them and shared it with their families.