September 30, 2023, marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process (Government of Canada, 2023).”
We were honoured to welcome Arnold Taylor to our Fall Fair on Saturday. Arnold is a residential school and 60s Scoop survivor and a councillor and member of the Children's Aid Society board. He joined us on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to share his story and experiences.
Through a deeply moving talk, Arnold shared glimpses of the abuse he faced as a young boy who was taken from his family. We are grateful to Arnold for further illuminating the atrocities Indigenous Peoples faced and continue to face, highlighting the ongoing need for more significant strides toward reconciliation.
"I was pretty resilient. They never took my spirit from me. I always had my spirit as Anishinaabe. I lost my language and I'm just learning that back now [...] They took my language but not my heart."
"Ninety-four calls to action. To this day, there's only 13 out of 94. They've got a long way to go yet."
Thank you to Arnold for speaking with our community and contributing to our ongoing conversations about reconciliation in the local community and beyond.
Orange Shirt Day
To mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our community wore orange shirts. Many of these shirts were bought through student-led sales throughout the week. The shirts, designed by Nish Tees (a company donating proceeds to the Natwin Project), were sold to support the cause. We are delighted to announce that we raised $753.30 through these sales, which will be donated to the Nogojwanong Friendship Centre. Thank you for your support and contribution.
Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.