What Can I Do? What Can We Do?

Towards Reconciliation

I Can:

  • Try and get family and friends to RESEARCH and to help them understand RECONCILIATION to make sure nothing like this happens again
  • Get INVOLVED in events and learn about the culture. We have to WORK together!
  • Spread the truth and TEACH people to be respectful to what Aboriginal people have gone through
  • Teach without bias, but teach about the biases that exist
  • Recognize my own privilege, and help others in recognizing their own in different aspects of their life
  • Make sure to always be in an ACCEPTING and open-minded person
  • QUESTION adults, media and teachers about the history 
  • Create AWARENESS 
  • NEVER forget

We Can

  • Wear and Orange shirt to school on “Orange Day” to show we CARE and RECOGNIZE residential schools and out of RESPECT to the kids who lost their lives
  • Take time to recognize the trauma indigenous trauma has gone through and use these days as educational conversation tools (ie. Orange Shirt Day, Aboriginal Veterans Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (May 5), REDress Project, Walking with Our Sisters, Faceless Dolls Project)
  • SUPPORT Aboriginal families and ATTEND events to support the reconciliation process
  • Continue the TALKING at assemblies and in our classrooms
  • INVITE a residential school survivor t visit our SCHOOL and talk with us 
  • Talk to grade groups of teachers and ASK for more INFORMATION about the residential schools to be sued in the social student’s CURRICULUM 
  • Teach others what we have LEARNED
  • Use SOCIAL MEDIA to catch people’s attention
  • NEVER FORGET

Adapted from: Canadian Teachers’ Federation (2016). Truth and Reconciliation (What is it about?).

When someone discloses their sexual and/or gender identity to you.

What to Do/Say:

  • Listen!
  • I can appreciate how difficult it must have been for you to tell me this.
  • What kinds of support do you need from me?
  • What things worry you most?
  • Have you told anyone else?
  • Are you wanting to tell others?
  • What can I do right now to help you?
  • Respect confidentiality. Allow them the integrity to share what they want, when and how they want to.

What not to Do/Say:

  • Say nothing.
  • How do you know?
  • You’re to young to make a decision like that.
  • Are you sure?
  • It’s just a phase you are going through.
  • Your parent(s) are going to be disapointed.
  • I just find this hard to believe
  • I’m not surprised.