Karina Tsoy / Staff Reporter

September 30, 2021 is the first official National Truth and Reconciliation Day. This day is given to us as a chance to honor the Aboriginal children that were forced into the horrors of residential schools as well as their families and communities. Recognize the terrible part of history of Canada and take the chance to learn and better from it. 

On this day wearing an orange t-shirt symbolizes the freedom and culture that was taken away from the children sent to residential schools. Parnia Hojjatpanah, grade 10 student fully supports the government’s decision of making this an official day. “It shouldn’t have happened, the least we could do it is own up to it,” said Hojjatpanah.

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Students and staff at Gleneagle experienced many different emotions during the day. “Disbelief” and “shock” overcame most people. “How could someone hurt kids this way intentionally?” said Lori Gregory, careers education teacher. “How can one think one think that their culture is more important than the other?”

Mixed opinions came up on whether or not we should have spent the day at school. Some thought that it was a great opportunity to allow students to take part in the bigger community rather than the school community in events such as the “Drum for the Children” at Lafarge Lake. Others thought the opposite. “We should spend the day at school to learn more about it and have events happening here.” said Parnia Hojjatpanah.  

Lower Mainland events marking National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

“We have to honor the past to prevent future mistakes.” said Lori Gregory. Most agreed with the thought that it is important for us to remember and reflect on the past.” It still has an impact on who we are today.” said Lily Hodson, grade 10 student. The Canadian Council advises everyone to take their time on this day and “honor the memories of survivors, who were harmed by horrendous abuses at residential schools, and their families, who have suffered intergenerational traumas.”  

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It is important to help the Indigenous communities heal from these horrific events. “We have to show that we care and that we are listening.” Mira Khang, grade 10 student. Take your time to learn, reflect, attend the events, and wear an orange t-shirt. As said by Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister “Every child matters.”   


What is Truth and Reconciliation Day?

Prime Minister’s Statement

Canada Council’s Statement

Drum For the Children Event


Truth and Reconciliation Day banner

Truth and Reconciliation Day parade

Truth and Reconciliation Day Lower Mainland event

Every Child Matters