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Alouette Library Learning Commons: Honouring our Indigenous Peoples


This song was written, recorded and filmed with students from Sk'elep School of Excellence in Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc, Kamloops, British Columbia.


Honouring the memory of the 215 children who lost their lives at the Kamloops Residential School, here is a song produced by the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Indian Band school: Sk'elep School of Excellence.

This is one many songs the school has produced. Check their videofeed on YouTube.

N'we Jinan Artists - FOR OUR CULTURE // Seabird Island Community School, BC

“For Our Culture'” is an original music video project written, recorded and filmed with a group of students from Seabird Island Community School in Agassiz, British Columbia.

Talking to Kids About Residential Schools

National Truth and Reconciliation Day September 30


Why are orange shirts a symbol for National Truth and Reconciliation Day? 

Formally known as Orange Shirt Day, wearing an orange shirt on September 30 each year began in Williams Lake, BC in 2013 at the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event at which survivor Phyllis Webstad told the story of her shiny new orange shirt taken away from her on her first day of school at the Mission.

The residential school era began in the early 1870’s, with the last school closing in 1996. More than 150,000 Indigenous, Métis and Inuit children attended these schools. There are an estimated 80,000 survivors living today.

Online Resources:

Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools. 

AbEd has used this resource and found it to be fantastic!  The whole book is attached as a PDF.

Project of Heart 

This ebook is an interactive resource. It includes films, images, documents and much more.  

The Manitoba Teachers Society- Orange Shirt Day Lesson Plans: 

A variety of lessons for Kindergarten to grade 12.  These lessons are offered in both French and English.  

Gladys We Never Knew:  

Incredible resource discussing the backstory through interactive resources.

Orange Shirt Day Activities

This pdf suggests videos, stories, whole school, and grade activities. 

Stained Glass Window in Parliament 

This art activity commemorates the legacy of residential schools.



Orange Shirt Day Virtual Classroom

Click on the picture below to enter the virtual classroom!

Fraser Valley

Stories of Truth

This entire Website above  and all learning resources are the result of the courageous efforts of our Elders and Survivors.  Thank you for sharing the Truth with us!


Here you can take a virtual tour of STALETA SKWUL ST. MARY’S RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL in Mission.



Kamloops Drum Introduction

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc wishes to involve the world in recognizing the very first Canadian National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.(2021)

Click here for the 2 minute drumming intro

Scroll down and play the second video which is the actual drumming

Kwantlen Welcome Song

In preparation for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, below is the link to the Kwantlen Welcome Song recording.

Indigenous Legacies Through Sports

Click above for lesson plans and resources.

In honour of Truth and Reconciliation Week, the Canadian Olympic School Program is proud to feature the stories of two distinct Indigenous Team Canada athletes, Jesse Cockney and Jillian Weir. Through their personal growth and achievements, they have brought Indigenous voices to the forefront.

Students will explore the themes of gratitude and inclusion, making links between their world, curriculum and stories.