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Students Learn About The Legacy of Residential Schools

Wed, 26 Mar, 2014

News: Students Learn About The Legacy of Residential Schools

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, students and staff across Edmonton Public Schools will participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Education Day at the Shaw Conference Centre from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In recognition of the legacy of Canadian Residential Schools and their impact, 466 district students from 17 schools will take a healing and reconciliation journey to learn about a major part of Canadian history through meaningful activities and conversations.

“Education Day provides a valuable learning opportunity for our students to gain a deeper understanding about residential schools and recognize the resulting impact on many generations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit,” says Superintendent Darrel Robertson. “With support and guidance, students from all cultural backgrounds can begin to understand the past and participate in the ongoing healing process for a stronger and brighter future.”  

Education Day welcomes students from across Alberta to participate in educational activities to learn about residential schools. It’s a one-day program within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) national event which runs daily from March 27 until March 30, 2014. The event is free and open to the public.

The TRC has a mandate to inform all Canadians about what happened in residential schools. The Commission views reconciliation as an ongoing individual and collective process that will require participation from all those affected by the residential school experience.