saugeen district senior school to unveil reconciliation hall
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Saugeen District Senior School to unveil Reconciliation Hall

Saugeen District Senior School in Port Elgin is unveiling their Reconciliation Hall at the front entrance tomorrow.

The school is a Downie-Wenjack Fund (DWF) Legacy School which means they have the responsibility to “engage, empower and connect students to further reconciliation

This week the school is marking the days that Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack entered the Spirit World.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action # 63 is about building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect”

The new space is part of that commitment.

Representatives from Saugeen First Nation, including Elders Shirley John and Ningwakwe George, Councillor Melissa Snowdon, Program Co-ordinator for Advocacy for Healing Program, Lori Kewaquom, contributing artists from Saugeen First Nation and SDSS Reconciliation Team members will participate in the unveiling. Due to technical constraints, the live and pre-recorded portions of the unveiling will be made into a video to be broadcast into classrooms on October 21st .

As Dr. Niigaan James Sinclair stated in an address to Bluewater District School Board employees on September 24, 2020, Indigenous Voices Matter and if Reconciliation is “to live, it must be within spaces as much as in the classroom.”
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