As we honour the survivors of Canadian’s Residential School system and reflect on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, we as an agency and community must take firm steps towards the journey of ReconciliACTION.
For Orange Shirt Day 2023, the students in our Classroom Celebrating Neurodiversity — a classroom of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or suspected FASD — have come up with a meaningful way to make a difference. They have designed a t-shirt to raise money for an Indigenous family in need of housing security. The theme of this fundraiser is ReconciliACTION. We are honoured our students have asked us to join them on their journey of ReconciliACTION by promoting their fundraising event.
About the Classroom Celebrating Neurodiversity
Our Celebrating Neurodiversity Classroom is a safe and inclusive learning environment for students with Indigenous and non-Indigenous ancestry who self-identify with having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or suspect they have FASD. They are youth who were in search of a program that honoured their diversity and had a different approach to education and healing. Our program offers credits from the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Studies Department and aims to uphold traditional Indigenous worldview values.
We are proud to support our young leaders in the Classroom Celebrating Neurodiversity in this journey. All year, our students have been learning about the impacts of colonialism, the strength of Turtle Island’s Indigenous Peoples and the power of traditional land-based healing and education in building a sense of safety, community and positive identity.
A Thoughtfully Designed T-shirt
Students, supported by their classroom team, have hand-designed this beautiful t-shirt that tells Phyllis’s story, and honours all other Residential School Survivors. The design also features subheadings to the Truth and Reconciliations Commission’s Report along with a QR Code to the report to raise awareness of our commitments when calling Turtle Island our home. All of the proceeds of the sale will go to supporting an Indigenous family with home security.