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How the Truth and Reconciliation Committee is Changing Our POV

By Valuscha Pereira

On Monday, September 30th, Bishop Reding was a sea of orange.

As a community, each student wore an orange shirt to honour the Indigenous children who underwent the horrors of the residential schooling system. The event was organized by BR’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, a club that discusses issues related to First Nations people, and brings to light the various injustices that these people faced in the past, and continue to face to this day.

Residential schooling was a government-run educational system, in which Indigenous children were taken from their homes and communities, and were forced to practice Euro-Canadian beliefs. The goal of these schools was to assimilate First Nations children and integrate them more into Canadian society. The children were not allowed to practice their Native beliefs nor speak their inherent languages, they were often physically and emotionally abused, and many died from the poor conditions these schools were in. As the last school closed in 1996, the effects of these schools are relevant to this day, and will forever remain an important occurrence in the history of Canada.

For BR students, wearing an orange shirt was a simple way of getting involved in a significant cause, and their participation brought attention to the many issues that Canada continues to have with our Indigenous peoples.

For students who seek to be more involved in defending the rights of our First Nations, join the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, and spread awareness of the many other injustices that Canada has caused our Indigenous Peoples.

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