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Orange Shirt Day and National Truth and Reconciliation Day

On September 30th, our Dearcroft Montessori community marked National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a visit from our good friend, Doug Pawis ( an Anishnbe elder from Shawanaga First Nation) and Trisha Cowie from Hiawatha First Nation.

We felt very fortunate to have Doug and Trisha visit our school and share their stories and First Nations teachings to all levels from Toddler to Grade 8.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Dearcroft community for participating in our Toiletries Drive for Shawanaga First Nation.

For many years Dearcroft has been incorporating First Nations history and Indigenous teachings within our curriculum. As part of this ongoing commitment and as we further acknowledge the truth and reconciliation journey.  More than ever it is a time of reflection as we pursue a path of shared healing alongside the generations of First Nation families affected by this dark chapter in our shared history.

Thank you to Indigen artsy and @pass_the_feather_indigenous by Dawn Lehstoseran:nha (she keeps the feathers) for our ‘Every Child Matters’ t-shirts.   https://indigenartsy.com


West Wind Junior High is raising funds to support education in Wabauskang First Nation through SchoolBOX North

Hello parents and students,

We are Hugh and Holly from the West Wind Junior High classroom. This term our classroom has been studying First Nations. Moreover, we just finished an eight-week independent study project on the Residential School System.


Residential Schools have had a lasting and multigenerational impact on First Nations all across Canada. Additionally, many modern First Nations currently lack access to education. For this reason, we are organizing an Orange Shirt Day fundraiser to help raise awareness of the lasting impacts of residential schools, as well as helping to improve the access to education for a Northern First Nation community.

We ask on Tuesday, December 15 every student wear an Orange Shirt to spread awareness of the effects residential schools have had on First Nations. Additionally, we are asking for any donations, small or large, from the Dearcroft community. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the charity SchoolBox North, which is helping the Wabauskang First Nation community improve their access to education. This community located in Dryden Ontario is currently lacking a classroom, and the children have to drive an hour to get to school and an hour back each day. We are trying to buy them the necessities of a classroom such as desks, chairs and computers. The donations would greatly benefit this community, and we thank you in advance for your support.

If you are able to, we ask you donate to SchoolBox North through the link below:


For more information about please check out this blog series trying to dispel myths and educate people about indigenous issues. https://apihtawikosisan.com/2013/10/from-residential-schools-to-the-first-nations-education-act-colonialism-continues/