Reconciliation conversations, learning and listening continue in Pembina Trails. Recently, École Tuxedo Park students and staff participated in creating a school-wide heart garden to pay a small tribute to the 215 students who did not return home from the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Students learning in class as well as remotely created orange paper hearts and decorated them with personalized messages.
Below are a few thoughts and reflections from the school’s Grade 2 students:
“I felt very sad that they didn’t get to go home, because I get to go home every day and that makes me fortunate." – Jackson, Grade 2
“…It is very different and school is a safe place. I can be me and be proud of my culture.”– Anabella, Grade 2
“I think it was good making the heart garden because it makes me remember how lucky I am.” – Julian, Grade 2.
Learn more about the ways Pembina Trails students and staff are honouring the communities of Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation.