oski-pimohtahtamwak otayisiniwiwaw

Oski-pimohtahtamwak otayisiniwiwaw

– “They are into their new journey to knowledge”

This day was amazing. We were visited by Sheena Koops and her class from Bert Fox Community High School. The boys all introduced themselves, and took the time to each explain a topic to our class.

The topic that stood out to me the most was the explanation of what students could learn from the blanket exercise. The young man spoke with so much passion and shared person accounts about how his family has been torn apart because of residential schools. He feels as though he is walking with two identities. One is when he is speaking to us, and the other is when he goes home to his family. He even learned English before his own language. He just kept repeating the phrase, “this could be more dark.” Overall I found it so hard to sit through, as I felt like I was learning so much from the hardships that he and his family have, and continue to endure. I can not express the gratitude I have for the heartfelt and meaningful presentation he shared.

I loved when they spoke about reconciliation. One boy explained it as, a call to action for every Canadian. Everyone should be a part of it, and not ignore it. To ignore it would mean to not be Canadian. They also explain it using the words, leadership, humility, and generosity. Us white settlers just like to put so many fancy names on everything. Sheena explained that the fact that she has created such strong and admirable relationships with her students is reconciliation in itself. I think everyone should look up to the amazing thing that Sheena, as well as her students have created.

You can easily tell how much this program is changing and benefitting students. One boy stated that “I’ve learned so much and I’ve only been there for two days.” It is statements like this that prove the impact it is having on them, and on the people they come in contact with.

“A sign is a very simple thing, she said it’s an important step to show people in the community that diversity is welcomed and appreciated.”

Notice the Exclamation Point!

“It is not necessary to say sorry. Simply participating is enough.”

– Ms. S


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