Carlton pays tribute to Victor Thunderchild on Local Day.

The flag bearers were part of the Grand Entry procession to open Carlton Desi Day on Friday morning.

Indigenous Day at Carlton Comprehension High School on Friday paid tribute to Carlton’s late teacher, Victor Thunderchild, one of the founders of the day who respected the local culture at the school. Thunder Child’s friend and colleague Kelly Klaassen, who opened the day during the grand entry, paid tribute to Thunder Child because the whole day was dedicated to his memory.

Klaassen is honored to be chosen to pay tribute to Thunderchild, who died in April from COVID-19.

“Victor was a unique and rare person who was passionate about his family, friends and his indigenous culture. As a teacher for 29 years, Victor was known in the community for his dedication and passion for learning for his students,” said Klaassen. ۔

Thunder Child belonged to Thunder Child First Nation and spent many years making sure that First Nations and Mattis students were heard, seen, advocated and walked through the doors of Carlson Comprehensive Public High School. They were protected.

He said that he will always remember generations of students as their champions. On this day, we honor Victor as a friend, colleague and someone who recognized the student’s potential and provided him with the tools to succeed.

“We are all very proud to know this and we know that their legacy will live on in the lives of the thousands of students they have guided, cared for and empowered,” he said.

Klaassen went on to say that there is no longer a gap between us when it comes to ensuring that children are educated to preserve their culture.

“It has guided and inspired many of our young people and now they have left a void with their deaths,” he said.

“Victor once said that for indigenous children, someone needs to be there to make a difference between people who don’t have a role model. He connected with people and made everyone realize that They are part of something important. As a teacher he worked to connect with each of his students, his passion was the Kari language, his culture in schools and with his grandchildren who are here today. ۔

“It has guided and inspired many of our young people and now they have left a void with their deaths,” he said.

“Today he is smiling at us because his indigenous culture is being celebrated today.”

During his speech, organizer Bonnie Vandale explained the essence of Carlton Desi Day. Thunderchild, Wandale and two others started the day to celebrate the indigenous students.

“We know June 21 is a local day across Canada, but we know there are a lot of celebrations on this day, and we thought the start of the school year was the best time to host such an event,” Vandale said. “

“This is an important year because we’ve all come together because of Covid 19. This year we would like to commemorate our colleague Mr. Thunderchild who passed away this year due to cowardice.

The committee grew from four to 15 members and recognized all the organizing committee, custodians and cafeteria staff who joined hands for the day.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you for helping me in this great endeavor,” Vandale said.

Tenisha McKay, who graduated in 2021, designed the shirt for the day at the trade fair, and a shirt was presented to Principal Jeff Court.

Special guests at the grand entry included Lieutenant Governor Russell, Mirasti, the Elder, Prince Albert Police, the Thunderchild family and other dignitaries. The Eagle staff carrier was Canon Flying Buffalo and was part of the Canadian, Union Jack, Prince Albert, Mets Flag and Saskatchewan flags.

Before the grand entry began, there was a prayer from Elder Liz Whistle that acknowledged the spirit of the Thunderchild.

He said, “He was one of the people who took this day forward, so please let the Creator guide us to continue the teachings and passion that Victor shared with open arms, open hearts, open minds.” “

Mayor Greg Dewey congratulated Prince Albert on behalf of the city, Director of Education Robert Bretold on behalf of the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division, and Carlton Principal Jeff Court on behalf of the school. During his speech, the court thanked the Thunderchild family and wore the ribbon shirt that Thunderchild had given him as a gift.

Michael Oleksen / Daily Herald Lieutenant Governor Russell Mirasti delivered a speech to open Carlton Indigenous Day on Friday morning.

Mirasti was the first speaker and as a special guest thanked everyone for the invitation. He explained that he is a member of the La La Ronge Indian Band and that his wife Donna is originally from Cumberland House.

“So whenever we have the opportunity to travel north and engage with people, especially the youth that we are celebrating here, it really makes our hearts part of it.

“It’s important to recognize and recognize and celebrate the different cultures that exist in our community and today you are demonstrating that with this celebration.”

He acknowledged that the first national day of truth and reconciliation is September 30, as well as Orange Shirt Day.

“This is a very important day for all of us in Canada to honor those who attend residential schools and to honor the children who did not make it home. This is a difficult history that we must recognize and if “If we want to move forward together as a people in this country, we have to acknowledge it. Learning the truth and acknowledging and understanding what happened is really important in paving the way forward,” Mirasti said. That way we can move forward to be better neighbors, be more helpful to each other and look forward to the future together.

Demonstrations by Michael Oleksen / Daily Herald Pavo were part of Carlton Desi Day on Friday.

“Your efforts in celebrating this day here, as well as your efforts towards reconciliation, are invaluable, and we look forward to your work and the work that is being done in this province.”

Mirasti concluded by congratulating the lieutenant governor on Queen Elizabeth’s spirit of reconciliation.

The indigenous day included poo demos, square dancing and fiddle performances, breakout sessions on various topics, lunches and trade fairs, and ended with an indoor concert with constant reminders.

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