During a professional development day Monday, the Nanaimo school district hosted CUPE staff and guests for a blanket exercise, an role-play activity to inform about colonization and a time in history for aboriginal people. The district anticipated more than 200 people to attend and Laura Tait, district director of instruction, referred to it as one of Canada’s largest ever blanket exercises during her opening remarks. It’s considered to be a way to support the district goal of reconciliation. FILE PHOTO

Reconciliation advisory committee recommended in school district

Nanaimo school board considers striking a new committee to further goal of reconciliation

Nanaimo school district could strike a new advisory committee to help build a vision for reconciliation.

Nanaimo school trustees recommended at a recent education committee meeting that the school board create a new advisory committee to help move work ahead on reconciliation.

The board has been working on reconciliation, a goal in its strategic plan, with initiatives such as a book club for the education committee, a blanket exercise and workshops. But trustee Stephanie Higginson, who has been helping to lead the education committee’s work on reconciliation, said there needs to be a re-focus on the institutional side; to find a vision statement of what reconciliation looks like for the district.

RELATED: Nanaimo school district taking initial steps to reconciliation

RELATED: Nanaimo school district trustees explore next steps on reconciliation

Each goal in the strategic plan has an accompanying document with words and a vision on how to achieve it, or what the board wants to do, according to Higginson, who says this advisory committee would be a small breakout of the education committee and look at how to get the vision statement together.

The district will also include student input in a vision for reconciliation.

“Everything we do needs to keep the students at the centre and the heart of these decisions so we need to hear from them, what this means to them and make sure that their words and thoughts and hearts are reflected in any kind of visioning statement that we produce for this,” Higginson said.

The school board will make the final decision on an advisory committee and its make-up.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

First night market fills Commercial Street

Downtown event will continue every Thursday until the end of August

Nanaimo seeking court order to shut down Discontent City

Injunction filed, hearing could take place as soon as next week

600 litres of gas stolen from Nanaimo golf course

Suspects cut through the fence at the Nanaimo Golf Club last week

Snuneymuxw totems rise over Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Two poles put up this week which overlook the water and welcome visitors

UPDATE: Suspect charged in alleged robbery spree in Nanaimo

A jogger spotted the suspect and alerted police, who made an arrest Wednesday near Port Place

VIDEO: Trades jobs the way of the future on Vancouver Island?

Hundreds of people attend Black Press Career Fair in Nanaimo

Beefs & Bouquets, June 21

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Lawsuit claims Lantzville mayor violated competition agreement after selling accounting practice

Colin and Denise Haime receive notice of civil claim filed in the Supreme Court of B.C.

Free Wi-Fi now available at NRGH

Nanaimo hospital is second on Vancouver Island to get free, public Wi-Fi

Lions need to focus on football after disruptive fan incident: coach

Wally Buono says his players need to focus on football after defensive back Marcell Young hit a fan

Liberals set hiring, procurement rules for federally-funded projects

Indigenous Peoples, recent immigrants, veterans, young people, people with disabilities and women to be hired

Get your hot dog water, only $40 in Vancouver

‘Hot Dog Water’ seller in Vancouver gets laughs, sales with savvy marketing

Privacy questions linger in Canada-U.S. terror list deal struck

Two years after Canadian and U.S. security agencies signed an updated agreement officials consider privacy risk

Manitoba MP was allegedly abusive at Red Cross shelter

Canadian Red Cross has filed a complaint that Liberal backbencher MaryAnn Mihychuk ignored protocol

Most Read