The eagle statue was unveiled last Friday during an emotional ceremony at Lakes District Secondary School.
The ceremony was part of the school’s roots and reconciliation project, which seeks to educate students on what happened on residential schools and the impacts that those schools have had on First Nations culture.
The eagle represents the ability to “fly above the storm” and it carries a message of hope, peace and love into the future.
Representatives from the six local First Nations groups spoke during the ceremony, sharing their personal experiences with residential schools. Students who had family members that were directly impacted by residential schools also spoke during the ceremony.
Artistic performances helped make the ceremony even more memorable.