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Frontier students and staff honour the 215 children found in Kamloops, BC

June 11, 2021

​Frontier School Division is collectively mourning the loss of the 215 children who were found in the mass grave site in Kamloops, BC.​

Here's how many of our students and staff have been taking time to honour the children.

Barrows Junction School

Barrows Junction School held a moment of silence each day. Staff and students created orange hearts to hang on the fence with words of prayer and hope. They also hung 215 orange ribbons on a tree in school yard.

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Berens River School

The Berens River School community did a drive-by vigil to drop off 215 shoes acknowledgement of the 215 children. The next day, they held a burial of the 215 shoes.  

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Chan Kagha Otina Dakota Wayawa Tipi School 

Although the school is in remote learning, Chan Kagha Otina Dakota Wayawa Tipi School staff were at the school to honor the 215 children. The Chief and Council along with staff from the various First Nations departments attended an outdoor service, including an honor song and message from the Chief. Staff and students will continue their heart garden project. 

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Dauphin River 

Although the school is in remote learning, the Dauphin River School staff created a garden of hearts in the school yard. Parents were encouraged to create hearts and plant them as well. Families in the community were also encouraged to place similar hearts in their front yards and doorsteps to show their solidarity in remembering these children and their families.  

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Duke of Marlborough School

The Duke of Marlborough School had a moment of silence during morning announcements. The staff and students also wore orange t-shirts, but were unable to go for a community walk and take a group photo due to public health measures.

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Falcon Beach School

At Falcon Beach School, teachers and students engaged in discussions, read newspaper articles and watched news reports. Students also created their own art piece, which are now on display, to represent their thoughts and feelings about what happened, and to honor the victims and their families. The school also gathered outside for a group discussion and moment of silence.

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Gypsumville School 

All staff and students at Gympsumbille School wore “Every Child Matters" orange t-shirts and held moments of silence throughout the week. 

Matheson Island School

Matheson Island School students made posters to put in their windows at home and to share with neighbours. They also tied 215 orange ribbons to the fence.

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Poenan Point 

Students at Poenan Point have been learning by reading articles, watching videos and listening to podcasts this month. Following each text, video or podcast, students have the opportunity to write about it or discuss it. Students were also invited to wear orange shirts.  ​

Rorketon School 

Rorketon School held a moment of silence every morning. Staff and students also tied 215 orange ribbons to the outside fence. 

Wanipigow School

Wanipigow School distributed information about the tragic discovery to teachers and lowered their flag. Kateri Phillips conducted a virtual event with students, staff and community. The virtual event included opening remarks and lighting of the smudge by Kateri, an opening prayer by Elder Burma Bushie, prayer songs by Marcel Hardisty and a drum group, words from Ian Bushie, MLA of Keewatinook and Miss Fontaine, and closing remarks by Lisa Raven on behalf of Returning to Spirit.

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