School boards celebrate First National Ribbon Skirt Day

The first National Ribbon Skirt Day was held on January 4th, and several schools marked the day in-person and online to recognize Indigenous traditions and celebrate those wearing ribbon skirts. The day responds to an incident in 2020 in which 10-year-old Isabella Kulak was shamed at her school for wearing a ribbon skirt. Divisions such as Good Spirit School Division, the Sun West School Division, and Regina Public Schools recognized the day and showed their support. Kulak‚Äôs community held a gathering of around 300 staff, students, and dignitaries which included a round dance. “It makes me really happy because lots of people can now wear their ribbon skirts [proudly],” said Kulak. “I hope they are now proud of who they are.” At the event, Good Spirit School Division Superintendent Quintin Robertson noted that the school is starting a new program that will let students directly discuss issues they are facing with the division.

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