An independent co-ed IB school (JK to Grade 12) in North Vancouver, Canada
October 4th 2021

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WEEK

This week, students and staff have been reflecting on the meaning of reconciliation and taking part in activities that help students experience learning through an Indigenous perspective. During our whole school assembly, we had members of the Billy family, including past graduates of Brockton, Mike Jr. and Reeva, share the importance of keeping the tradition of canoe carving and racing alive. 
 
All Junior School students learned about the importance of orange for Orange Shirt Day, what residential schools were, and ways we can be allies for the Indigenous communities. Students completed feathers gifted by artist, Michelle Stoney, and wrote their ideas for reconciliation on the back. Many First Nations stories were read in classes and many classes learned about the traditional territories and our JKs participated in a First Nations drum circle! 
 
In the Senior School, many classes weaved Indigenous perspectives of land and human rights, politics, and story-telling. In the advisory classes throughout the week, Grades 6 through 12 students and teachers learned what reconciliation means and made personal commitments of action towards reconciliation. All staff, students, and their families were encouraged to take some time on Thursday, Nation Truth & Reconciliation Day, to attend local events and to share their experiences and learning with the community on Friday. 
 
At Brockton, community is very important, and so it is crucial that we be on this journey to build stronger connections with our Indigenous community.
 
"I acknowledge the past, the history, and the present. I promise to commit to the right actions and to use my voice for good." - Vela, Grade 6 student

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