Hundreds don ribbon skirts, call for national day after SK student criticized

January 13, 2021
The Good Spirit School Division has apologized and promised to do better after Kamsack Comprehensive Institute student Isabella Kulak was shamed for wearing a traditional ribbon skirt to Formal Day at the school. Kulak, a member of Cote First Nation in eastern Saskatchewan, was scolded by a teaching assistant for wearing the ribbon skirt and was told that it was not considered formal attire. In response, hundreds of people donned ribbon skirts to show support for Kulak, and called for a national ribbon skirt day. GSSD Director and CEO Quinton Robertson expressed “great regret” that the student “felt [anything] but pride and excitement with wearing this traditional garment.” In response to the ribbon skirt day, Robertson added: “We will honour whatever the family, the First Nation wants to put forward. As I said, regardless of what happens nationally, that will be an event in the Good Spirit School Division.” CBC | APTN News (SK)