THE ENGLISH PROGRAM – Do you worry about the strength and success of Howard’s English stream? The Council is looking for someone to be a representative for the English program. Come to one or two meetings per month and make sure that the issues affecting kids in the English program are given a voice.
Resources for the first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) on September 30, 2021
Content note: The following post discusses residential ‘schools’. The National Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419 is for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience, and is also for families of those who were residential school students who are experiencing this as well.
As we approach Orange Shirty Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, The Howard PS parent/caregiver Equity Committee volunteers have compiled a (non-comprehensive!) list of community events and resources for families who wish to continue learning about the legacy of residential ‘schools’. Links below include videos, workshops, virtual tours, and a long list of titles available at the local library and for purchase through our partner, Another Story Bookshop.
Woodland Cultural Centre is holding virtual events, with tours, workshops and presentations for children 5 years old and up all week long.
September 30, 3pm onward, Dufferin Grove Park, 1492 Land Back Lane presents UnityTO Concert and fundraiser. Local public schools, including Perth Ave PS, and Pauline Jr PS, will also participate in an Orange Shirt Day march in solidarity to Dufferin Grove to support this initiative. (poster/PDF attached)
September 30, 5:30pm, Reconciliation Roncesvalles is hosting a guided neighbourhood walk to visit two murals created by Indigenous artists and a tour of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden.
Read Phyllis Webstad’s story. Phyllis took her own experience and worked to establish Orange Shirt Day, nationally marked September 30th to acknowledge the harm the residential ‘school’ system in Canada has done, honour those who survived, remember those who did not, and recognizes the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma. It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that every child matters.
Read the Indigenous Ally Toolkit created by The Montreal Indigenous Community Network. In this brochure, you will learn the role that an individual occupies and plays within the collective experience and so much more.
Books and resources shared by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website and organized by grade level (thanks to Carleton Village PS for sharing this resource).
Additional Resources: Our friends at Perth Ave PS have compiled a long list of resources for additional learning (adult and child-focused), and initiatives to support reconciliation. Access the list as a Google document.
All Howard parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign on, listen in, ask questions and help us set the school year up for success!
Join the online meeting Wednesday September 22, 7:00 to 8:30pm to energize our collective efforts for the 2021-2022 school year. This is our opportunity to enrich and support the many classroom activities.