In light of the news regarding the mass grave found in Kamloops, in support of all Residential School survivors, and in remembrance of those that didn’t survive, their families, and the greater community during this difficult time, Ranchero will hold an “Orange Shirt Day” on Wednesday, June 2.
If able, we are encouraging all staff and students to wear orange for remembrance and support. Many are choosing to wear orange all this week.
The Ministry of Education has also announced that to honour those who suffered trauma and harm at the former residential school in Kamloops, and their families and communities who are mourning, all schools in BC are asked to lower the Canadian flag and British Columbia flag to half-mast until further notice, as a sign of respect.
Deputy Minister Scott MacDonald states that they continue to reflect on all those touched by the news from the Tk‘emlups te Secwepemc. “This is a grim reminder of the trauma of the residential school system and the impacts that remain in our province today,”
SD83 will be working to provide local support to staff and students. Also, you can contact the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419.