Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 will have the day off in Saskatoon to recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day.
The divisions of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) and Saskatoon Public Schools have made changes to the 2021-22 academic calendar, moving early release days and planned professional development and learning days for teachers to April 30. September and students will not attend classes.
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“The measure will allow students to be with their families to honor the day and participate in reconciliation events in the community. The school division is planning age-appropriate learning opportunities and activities during the week leading up to September 30, ”the public division’s website reads.
“Professional development for staff on this day will be designed to help deepen our understanding and commitments to the history and impact of residential schools, reconciliation and anti-racist education. We invite you to reflect on your own this day to honor the intent of the federal declaration, ”reads the GSCS website.
In June, the Canadian government passed legislation to make September 30 a federal legal holiday called National Truth and Reconciliation Day. This day is not a legal holiday in Saskatchewan for employees who are not regulated by the federal government.
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