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School board to hold special meeting to debate truth and reconciliation committee recommendations

The School District 57 board of education will hold a special public meeting Tuesday evening.

The meeting will primarily be focused on adopting revised terms of reference for the ad hoc committee on truth and reconciliation and the United Nations declaration on rights of indigenous peoples.

The board created the committee in 2019 and subsequently developed terms of reference. The committee had its first meeting December 14, 2020 and recommended changes to the terms of reference. It’s those changes in the 55-page document that the board will debate Tuesday.

Also on the agenda will be a draft policy manual and a draft administrative procedures manual.

The meeting, which gets underway at 6 p.m. January 5, will be live-streamed through a YouTube link which will be posted to the school district website prior to the start of the special public meeting.

The district has moved its board of education regular public meetings to an electronic format until further notice. The change is being made to comply with the Provincial Health Officer’s order restricting the size of gatherings.

As per Policy 1120 – Access to the Board, the public input period of 30 minutes at the start of the meeting, with each person being limited to five minutes and will be facilitated through either submission of comments to a dedicated email at

An application can be made through the Secretary Treasurer by email to to attend via Zoom. Email applications to attend by Zoom to present during the public input portion of the meeting and must be received by 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the special public meeting. Applicants will be contacted via email on the morning of January 5 to confirm attendance by Zoom and to outline the procedures.  

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