Schools in Niagara honouring Humboldt victims

Schools in Niagara are remembering the victims of the Humboldt tragedy.

The District School Board of Niagara and Niagara Catholic Board will lower flags at all schools and worksites in solidarity with the community in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

On Thursday, April 12, many schools will take part in jersey day, including the DSBN and the Niagara Catholic Board.

Students and staff are invited to wear the jersey of their choosing to honour those the lost in the tragic accident.

The Niagara Catholic Board, which has a uniform dress code, will take part in jersey day and encourage kids to wear either a jersey or the Broncos green and gold.

“At the DSBN, we all grieve for the Humboldt community and everyone affected by this tragic loss of life,” said Dale Robinson, Chair of the DSBN Board of Trustees. “We offer our deepest sympathies for their loss and our hope that, with love and time, healing and recovery are possible.”

“As Canadians, there are few things that unite us like hockey. Many of us have had the shared experience of sending our children to take part in athletics. As such, our hearts go out to those struggling to come to terms with this terrible loss. As an organization dedicated to the betterment of young people, we mourn alongside the community and wish them strength and resolve in this most difficult time,” said Warren Hoshizaki, DSBN Director of Education.

The Niagara Catholic Board says students and staff joined together in prayer, and held a moment of silence today.

"We are all deeply saddened and our hearts are broken over the tragic events in Saskatchewan over the past few days," said Board Chair Father Paul MacNeil. "But the vast outpouring of support for the residents of Humboldt and the hometowns and families of the individuals who were injured and killed draws us all closer together. To know that there are millions of people – here and around the world – who seek to lift their burden of grief in even the smallest of ways fills us with hope. As St. Mother Teresa once said, ‘in everything you do, do it with great love,’ and so it is in this spirit of love and compassion that we offer our support in this small way."

Director of Education John Crocco was also struck by the way the nation, and the world, have rallied in support of the tiny community.

"Throughout the last couple of days, we have witnessed a wave of national and international support, prayer and condolences for the Broncos team, their families, and the communities affected by the accident," said Director Crocco. "This includes prayers from Pope Francis, who sent his condolences to those who lost loved ones, blessings to the community as it begins a long journey toward healing and commended the souls of those lost to the mercy of Almighty God. As parents, educators and coaches, we are challenged to comprehend the incomprehensible while also providing support to students who struggle with this tragedy. We pray that those most deeply affected by injury or by loss are lifted from their grief by the merciful love of God. " 

A fundraising page has been set up to support families of the tragedy. Click here to see it.