Students and staff at Ladysmith Secondary School drummed and marched the halls to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation one day early on Sept. 29. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Students and staff at Ladysmith Secondary School drummed and marched the halls to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation one day early on Sept. 29. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Ladysmith Secondary School marches for truth and reconciliation

Ladysmith Secondary School students drummed and marched through the halls on Sept. 29

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Ladysmith Secondary School students drummed and marched through the halls on Sept. 29 for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Students wore their orange shirts as they drummed and sang songs.

Elizabeth Harris, a grade 11 student helped to organize with her teachers.

“It’s emotional, but I am glad so many people came together to help with the healing process of what happened in the past,” she said. “Singing does really help and I am glad a lot of people came out and I feel really good about it.”

Students and staff at Ladysmith Secondary School drummed and marched the halls to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation one day early on Sept. 29. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Students and staff at Ladysmith Secondary School drummed and marched the halls to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation one day early on Sept. 29. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

An event is also being held in Ladysmith at Transfer Beach to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.

“We are stronger through understanding and collective action,” reads a statement from Mayor Aaron Stone. “A better future for all of us will come when reconciliation is realized. Let us stand together to make reconciliation the story of our generation.”

Students and staff at Ladysmith Secondary School drummed and marched the halls to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation one day early on Sept. 29. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Students and staff at Ladysmith Secondary School drummed and marched the halls to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation one day early on Sept. 29. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Students and staff at Ladysmith Secondary School drummed and marched the halls to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation one day early on Sept. 29. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Students and staff at Ladysmith Secondary School drummed and marched the halls to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation one day early on Sept. 29. (Photo by Tyler Hay)


 

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