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September 7 - District Planning Day

Residential school students

SD#27 was honored to host Kevin Lamoureux (University of Winnipeg), who helped us begin the conversation where we imagine schools as places of healing through truth and reconciliation. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission provided Canada with an opportunity for healing with the 94 Calls to Action they provided to the nation. These Calls to Action offer us hope, inspiration and motivation in describing how we, in our careers, can participate in the kind of change that will allow us to respond to the wreckage of that past, while creating a welcoming and just society for all Canadians. This day (and subsequent sessions) will focus on how those Calls to Action speak to the role of education, reimagining schools as places of healing. Where schools were once used as a weapon, today’s schools can ensure that students experience wellbeing, safety, and trauma-informed care.

It was a unique opportunity to bring our entire district together for this crucial conversation, and we have had numerous anecdotes and pieces of positive feedback on the day and how powerful it was for us all to be together.

Special thanks to Chief Willie Sellars and Chief Fred Robbins for their welcome, as well as Board Chair Patenaude, IUOE President Sue Sim, and CCTA President Murray Helmer.

Mr. Lamoureux will join us again in November.

To view a recording of the session choose this link.


 


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