September 27, 2018 | The School House steps were ablaze with orange today as the Lennoxville community gathered to participate in Orange Shirt Day.
The annual event to promote awareness about the Canadian Indian residential school system has been taking place across Canada since 2013. This year marks the second year that BCS has participated, joining local school groups and organizations including Bishop’s University, Champlain College, Alexander Galt Regional High School, and members of the Lennoxville community in a spirit of reconciliation and hope. Students and staff donned their orange outfits to walk across the river to Bishop’s University where they joined up with the rest of the participants. Following some stirring words from the Grand Chief of Odanak from the Abenaki Nation, Richard O’Bomsawin, the group marched back to BCS to hear from our Head of School, Mr. Lewis, and Bishop’s University’s Indigenous Student Support and Community Liaison Officer, Melissa Poirier. To the crowd of hundreds collected in front of our school, Mr. Lewis spoke to the importance of the initiative: “One of the reasons we come together today is to ignite awareness—and awareness mixed with conscience and a strong character leads to activism. That flame has been lit.”