On September 21, the school district learned about initial findings connected to former residential schools in the Fraser Valley, on the traditional territories of Stó:lō Nation. The findings confirm the deaths of at least 158 children at four locations. This is tragic news that will impact all communities in the region.
To honour the lives and memories of the many children who didn’t come home, the survivors and their families, school districts throughout the Fraser Valley will be lowering their flags to half-mast. Our flags were lowered before school started this morning and will be returned to full mast on Tuesday, October 3.
Importantly, today marks the beginning of National Truth and Reconciliation Week. During this week, students and staff will be taking the time to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors and their families and communities. Students will be learning about the cultures and histories of Indigenous peoples, and we will be sharing our learning throughout the week on our platforms, as we strive toward Truth and Reconciliation.
While there is still much work to be done, we have heard the voices and stories of Indigenous learners, families, communities, and staff, and are committed to our journey towards deepening Indigenous education and equity in our district.
As a reminder, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is formally recognized on September 30, and October 2 is the designated statutory holiday. As our school district has a non-instructional day scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, schools will reopen for students on Wednesday, October 4.
Superintendent of Schools