Celebrating Mi’kmaq History Month Why does every child matter? That’s the question Jacob Gale asked students during Orange Shirt Day assemblies at two junior high schools. HRCE’s Coordinator of Mi’kmaq Education Services took the opportunity to delve deeper into the significance behind Orange Shirt Day by engaging students in stories, poetry and music from – and about – residential school survivors. Following the cultural presentation, students were asked to reflect on why they believe every child matters and explore their answers through art. Here’s part of what that presentation looked like at Highland Park Junior High. 3 Blanket Exercise Many of HRCE’s Program staff recently participated in a Blanket Exercise facilitated by members of the Diversity Team. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a participatory history lesson that explores the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Participants assume roles of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and move through historical situations. Facilitators act as European explorers and settlers and read scripts to guide the experience. The purpose is to deepen understandings around our shared history. Equitable Education Instruction and Leadership