On September 29th, the Pine Tree group helped show awareness for Truth and Reconciliation Day, also known as Orange Shirt Day, by making an orange flag and hanging this proudly on the fence in front of the school. In big letters the flag reads, “Every Child Matters”. We filled the flag with words that express what we are grateful for within our program. Children also wrote how they are grateful for the love and care they receive, the friends they’ve made, and the lessons they have learned. After writing their thoughts, they added their handprints and invited leadership and the educators of Dawn and Dusk to add their handprints as well.
Pine Tree took pride in the flag they made and decided to make a shirt to fit onto the baby dolls we have at Dawn and Dusk. We worked together to tie dye a shirt orange, and then once dried, we filled the shirt with more words to show our knowledge and support to those affected by residential schools.
The Pine Tree kids invited the Oak Tree group to come sign the flag and shirt they made while sharing things they've learned in school. In Indigenous culture, sharing stories and knowledge to younger generations is an important practice in keeping history alive throughout the years. Sharing this piece of my culture with the students of Dawn and Dusk was a heartwarming experience, and was a proud moment to see our children take a leadership role and have fun while doing so.