by Jamie Wilson
NDDHS Minister of Communications
The month of June is Indigenous Recognition month. It is important to recognize the strength of the Indigenous people of Canada, learn about their culture, and honour their history. The bodies of 215 children were just recently discovered at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. This is devastating news and has been a call to realize that residential schools are not just a part of our history; there are residential school survivors alive today. At North Dundas, we have been sharing residential school survivors’ stories on our school’s social media accounts. Please take the time to read or watch the posts and be a part of reconciliation for the children who never got to go home.
June is also LGBTQ+ Pride Month. We are having a pride/rainbow-themed day on Friday, June 11. LGBTQ+ youth face many challenges; they are more likely to be bullied, they endure hateful comments in person and online for just being who they are, and many experience abuse and abandonment from their families. Every student deserves to feel safe at school and in life, so let’s raise awareness and work together against homophobic and transphobic attitudes. No matter who you are or who you love, be proud of yourself and know that there are people who love and support you.
Mr. Bourne emailed all North Dundas families about grade 8 and grade 12 graduation plans at the end of last week. School will continue online for the remaining weeks of the school year. At this point, both graduation ceremonies will be virtual as well. Grade 8 graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm, and grade 12 graduation on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00 pm. There will also be drive-thru graduation on Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25. Final arrangements for this in-person portion of graduation have not been made yet. Stay tuned for more information.