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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Sept 30, 2022


On September 30th, 2022, TIA marked the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honors 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. This day has been created by the Federal government after the shocking discovery of graves with hundreds of bodies found in residential schools in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, in the spring and summer of 2021. Approximately 1400 victims, mostly children, were found in mass graves across the country. 

 

The history of residential schools in Canada is one of great pain, suffering, and trauma. Indigenous children were taken away from their families, many never to see them again, and were forced to undergo a brutal education system that aimed to strip them away of their culture, language, religion — ultimately, from their Indigenous identity. It was a dark period of ethnic cleansing in Canada’s history that should never be repeated again. 

 

TIA students wore orange, red, and black to commemorate this day. Mr. Bakri delivered a speech followed by a moment of silence to honour the victims.


Posted at 2022-09-30