Shahrad Mezerji/Staff Reporter
Canada’s new national day for Truth and reconciliation is a new day the government created to honour all the wrongdoings and pain Canada has committed against its Indigenous people. It takes place on September 30 ; citizens can commemorate this day by wearing orange shirts.
Gleneagle students and teachers had varying reactions to the creation of this day.
When asked what they were doing on Truth and Reconciliation Day and what it meant to them, Gleneagle gave different examples of what they did that day. One student said it was just another day off. Others tried to honour the day by participating and compared it to Remembrance Day for indigenous people. Most of the teachers and staff viewed the day as essential and took time to reflect or participate in the event.
Many students felt that each province treated this day differently because each region is affected differently, leading to different opinions.
“I think [the provinces] treat it differently because they might have more people who encountered this traumatic experience,” said Dominic Runghen, grade 11.
Most students said that Truth and Reconciliation Day should unify the country on this day.
Teachers also hoped Truth and Reconciliation Day would be consistent because it’s an important national day, but understandably, different places honour the day differently.
In terms of Canada righting its wrongs, most teachers and students believed that it was not enough. Most said that that it’s a start and that we can do more.
Kelly Zimmer stated, “It is our first year of Truth and Reconciliations. We need to keep talking and learning. To listen to each other, but also listen to our Indigenous educators and teachers.”
A majority of Gleneagles people were glad that National Truth and Reconciliation Day is now recognized.
Gleneagles teachers gave their insights on how they’re affected by reconciliation day.
The teachers can use this day to teach their students and incorporate a day like this into their lessons, specifically Social Studies and History teachers.
Regarding teaching younger generations, social studies teacher Shawna Smith said, “It should be taught in younger grades but appropriate to the age.”
When asked how their countries would react, several immigrant students believed that the countries that came from would approve of this day and positively view national Reconciliation Day.
Overall, Gleneagle was pleased that the government made Truth and reconciliation day due to varying reasons. Although some see Reconciliation Day as nothing more than a day, others care and honour indigenous culture and lives.