Humboldt Strong - We Stand Together

Headline: Humboldt Strong - We Stand Together

As the country comes together in support of Humboldt, Saskatchewan following the tragic deaths of 15 members of the Broncos hockey team, Red Deer Public Schools is encouraging students and staff to wear their favourite jerseys on Thursday, April 12th, along with the rest of the country.

Jersey Day is an opportunity for Red Deer Public Schools to unite with the country and show that in times of despair, we as Canadians are in this together and are there to support one another.

It is important for students to realize that Jersey Day is a gesture or act of remembrance, honour and community. This is not about your team, but that we are standing together as Canadians to show how we can respond and care for one another.

For those students who may not have a jersey, we encourage families to share any extras they have that day by bringing them to your school. However, just because a child is not wearing a jersey, it doesn’t mean they are not showing their support.

“The tragedy out of Humboldt, Saskatchewan is unimaginable and touches us all,” said Stu Henry, Superintendent of Schools. “Together on Thursday, we will show our support for the Broncos, the community of Humboldt, the lives that were taken and for all those who are affected.”

Tips for Parents

Talking with children about death and traumatic situations is never easy. But it is important to have an open conversation. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Children do not have to know everything about death or a violent situation to come to some understanding about it.

  • Answer questions to the best of your ability, but remember it is okay not have all the answers.

  • Be sensitive to children’s questions, taking cues from what they ask and their level of cognitive and emotional development.

  • Do not talk children out of their feelings. Rather, permit them to talk about their feelings.

  • Children’s concerns do not always reach us through conversation. Sometimes they come obliquely through play. Our most important role is as a silent observer of play, staying nearby, but unobtrusive. Always make yourself available for conversation if the play leads naturally to talk.

  • Don’t be afraid to show your feelings as well.

  • For older children, they may not be ready to talk when you are. Don’t force the conversation. Help them identify other adults with who they can speak to when they are ready. Always be prepared to have a conversation and listening ear when they are ready.

For more information please contact:

  • Bruce Buruma, Director of Community Relations

  • Red Deer Public Schools

  • Phone: 403-352-2827