From September 27th to October 4th, Chatelech Secondary will be honouring Truth and Reconciliation Week. During this week we will facilitate and support discussions, activities, and learning experiences centred on the topics of Residential Schools, Truth and Reconciliation and the 94 Calls to Action. On Thursday, Sept. 29, we encourage all students and staff to wear orange as we will be holding a school wide Honouring and Remembering ceremony involving all members of our CSS learning community. Students will also have the option to participate in activities and learning experiences to mark the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit people.
These topics can be triggering for students, staff, and families. While these school experiences are meant to educate people, promote Truth and Reconciliation, and to hold space for honouring and remembering, these topics can also cause distress. Please be aware that counsellors will be onsite for support and there are also hotlines people can access for support (listed below).
- 24-hour Residential School Crisis Hotline: 1-866-925-4419
- Residential School Survivors support line: 1-800-721-0066
- 24-hour MMIWG2S support line: 1-844-413-6649
We are also sending out the information below to invite all students and families to attend the shíshálh Nation National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which is September 30th. We encourage everyone to wear orange to this event.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – shíshálh Nation/SYIYAYA
“In This We Journey Together”
· Gather at the Mother and Child monument behind Raven’s Cry Theatre (in orange shirts)
· Walk to the pier where the children arrived by boat to attend St. Augustine’s
· Talk at the pier about the significance of that location
· Walk from the pier to the site of the former school
· Remembrance of the survivors
· Crosswalk unveiling (ribbon cutting)
· Students/families/teachers line the sidewalks on both sides of the street
· 50 youth walk across with survivors (10 at a time for 5 crossings)
o 25 shishalh youth; 25 youth from the greater community (including the DSLT)
o 50 to represent the 50 First Nations whose children attended at Sechelt
· Salmon feast in breezeway of Raven’s Cry and in parking lot.
· Expecting to feed up to 500 people
-Parking at Tsain-ko Plaza or at the shíshálh Nation community hall.
-No parking in front or behind Raven’s Cry complex.
-No parking at the hospital.