Posted: May 24, 2017
The newly built Max Aitken Academy hosted 100 Years of Loss from April 3-14, which is a mobile exhibit that travels across the nation to build awareness and educate people about the Indian Residential School experience and it impacts on Indigenous Peoples and communities to this day.
During the time the exhibit was at the school over 700 students in grades 5-12 from the Miramchi and surrounding areas had an opportunity to view the exhibit. In addition to viewing the exhibit through a scavenger hunt, students also participated in supplementary educational programming to go deeper into the history brought to light by the exhibit. This included the opportunity to meet one of the 80,000 living Survivors and hear her story before creating cards addressed to Indian Residential School Survivors expressing which allowed students to express their thoughts and feelings after learning about this sad chapter in Canadian history.
Besides engaging students, the First Nation Education Team in the district also planned and executed an evening engagement night for the public with the support of Metepenagiag, Natoaganeg, and Esgenoopetitj First Nation. This evening, which occurred on April 6th, was an overwhelming success seeing an attendance of over 150 people. The evening provided an opportunity to recognize the history of the Indian Residential School System, celebrate First Nation cultural resiliency and pride as well as, honour Survivors and those who did not make it home.
The exhibit moved throughout ASD-N during the month of April and May and maked stops in Rexton (Eleanor W. Graham School April 17-28), Campbellton (Sugarloaf Senior High School May 1-12), and Dalhousie (Dalhousie Regional High School May 15-26).