Every Child Matters – Orange Shirt Day 2018

In 5S we have been reading articles and picture books and discussing First Nations traditions, along with the impact of residential schools. Today was Orange Shirt Day. I asked students to wear orange in honor of residential school victims and survivors, and in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for the future. Every Child Matters!

We made orange Attachment hearts to help commemorate the victims and survivors. These fabric hearts were made to give to someone the student feels attached to and cares for. Attachment hearts have been used to support kinship, connections and relationships among Aboriginal children, youth, families and communities. The heart 🧡 represents relationships and connections children and youth have to their parents/guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, extended family and peers. The use of the hearts 🧡🧡, shares the importance of Traditional First Nations médecines as a form of comfort and other uses.

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