In preparation for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, students and staff at RVS (Rocky View Schools) will observe Truth and Reconciliation Week from September 26 to 29.

Class will not be held and all facilities will be closed on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation because it is a non-instructional day at RVS. Every Child Matters and Orange Shirt Day will be honoured during Truth and Reconciliation Week, which gives schools the freedom to study the history and legacy of residential schools.

“Observing Truth and Reconciliation Week is an important opportunity for RVS to teach all our students about the history and contributions of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, while also communicating solidarity with our Indigenous and Métis learners,” said Superintendent of Schools, Greg Luterbach. “This is time to reflect and recommit to the work of truth and reconciliation, both individually and as a school division.”

RVS is dedicated to offering all students inclusive learning environments. They implement Call to Action 62 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which calls for age-appropriate teaching on residential schools, Treaties, and Indigenous peoples' historical and modern contributions to Canada. One way they do this is by observing Truth and Reconciliation Week. Additionally, it satisfies a requirement of the RVS Four-Year Plan, which is to support students in becoming successful global citizens through valuing variety, cultures, and traditions.

Throughout their division, schools will take part in a number of events each week. One occasion will be Orange Shirt Day, when students and staff will honour the legacy of the residential school system by donning orange t-shirts.

Numerous schools will collaborate with indigenous community leaders who will guide traditional events and educate pupils about their culture and traditions. Books and poems that focus on the experience of Canadian Indigenous people will also be highlighted in schools. In order to help schools prepare for Truth and Reconciliation week, RVS's newly established Indigenous Learning department has been spotlighting materials that support programming and initiatives for September 30.

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