A Lytton Aboriginal mother received an apology after posting a TikTok video about a headdress her son was asked to make at a kindergarten in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Posted by Samantha Sinclair video last Thursday, the day before national day for truth and reconciliationhas since gone viral and has amassed more than 500,000 views.
Sinclair says she made the video “shocked” in her car after picking up her son from French immersion kindergarten.
The video shows a cardboard base and a headdress made of synthetic feathers.The words “Chaque enfant compte” (“Every child matters”) are written around the base of the headdress.
“This was their craft for the Day of Truth and Reconciliation – a headdress,” Sinclair says incredulously in the video.
She told CBC News all the children who were dressed in orange. orange shirt day — came out of preschool in a headdress, and other parents agreed it was “extremely inappropriate.”
“My son was very proud of his craft,” she said. “It was very difficult to tell him that he was not allowed to wear it. He is three years old so he doesn’t understand why.
Indigenous headdresses In most cultures, gifts and what must be obtained. Many non-Indigenous peoples burst into flames to divert them.
“A lot of the comments I received on TikTok were, ‘I did this when I was a kid,’” Sinclair said.
“Things have changed. The world has changed.”
Sinclair, who has a boarding school survivor in her family, said she wanted to break her son’s “vicious circle of trauma” by educating him and changing what he was taught.
She also said the timing of craft lessons, specifically the day before Orange Shirt Day, but also a month before Halloween. The headdress is still worn as a costume Despite the criticism, I was very disappointed when I tried to “normalize” it for use in a school environment.
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School co-owner Mira Banfield apologized to Sinclair the next day.
Banfield told CBC News, “This proves how much we have to learn and throw away. I never thought I was so ignorant.”
Banfield said they had a phone call to discuss ways to integrate indigenous cultures into the school curriculum.
“Our journey to find the truth is that we must begin to connect with indigenous cultures and peoples,” she said. “
Banfield said he hopes to have indigenous leaders in the school in the future, and apologizes not only to Sinclair, but to all indigenous peoples.
Sinclair said there are many appropriate ways for teachers to celebrate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“It’s important that people know the difference between appropriation and appreciation. We want to break down those stereotypes,” Sinclair said.
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