PVNC reflects on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours 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.

As part of Truth and Reconciliation Week, our staff and students were engaged in conversations and learning about the traumatic legacies of residential schools on generations of Indigenous peoples across Canada.

The Holy Cross community joined together for a moment of silence in their orange shirts on the new field. Thank you to Janet McCue of the Wshkiigomang Native Women’s Hand Drum Singers for singing and drumming.

Students at St. Anne reflected during a moment of silence, as well as completed crafts to honour the lost children.

Grade 8 students at Monsignor O’Donoghue choreographed and performed lyrical interpretive dances to honour the day.

Across the board, classrooms participated in activities to reflect on the meaning of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.