Learning, Listening, and Sharing as part of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

October 1, 2021

The Langley School District made a commitment to continuing its Truth and Reconciliation journey. As part of that commitment, on September 30th every year, students and staff wear orange shirts on Orange Shirt Day to honour survivors of Residential Schools and the children who didn’t return home.

This year was the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On Wednesday, September 29, the District encouraged students and staff to wear orange shirts and schools continued to have meaningful discussions about the impacts of Residential Schools. With their creativity, schools also found ways to bring this learning outside of the classroom, and engage the community.

Shortreed Community Elementary school grade 5 students developed an educational pamphlet for families to help further learning for parents/guardians.

Langley Fundamental Elementary grade five students painted stones orange with hopeful messages and walked over to the Derek Doubleday Arboretum to lay them at a memorial for the 215 children who had died at the Kamloops Residential School.

These were just a few of the learning opportunities taking place all week.

Below is a gallery of photos and videos from schools around the District showcasing our learning and engagement during the week.

Vanguard Secondary