High school students in B.C. walkout after Haisla student say he was mocked for wearing regalia

The school district says it’s investigating the incident.


High school students at the Mount Elizabeth Secondary school in Kitimat, B.C. led a walking out Tuesday saying they were showing solidarity with a student who says he was asked by a teacher why he was wearing a costume on picture day.

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Greg Bolton, centre, says a teacher asked him why he was wearing a costume on picture day. The school district says it’s investigating. Photo: Lee Wilson/APTN.

Greg Bolton, 15, wore traditional regalia to school – not a costume.

Community members, residential school survivors, chiefs and matriarchs gathered at the school to show solidarity with the boy.

Video Journalist / Kitimat Village, B.C.

Lee is a video journalist with APTN News, who shoots, reports and edits stories out of northern British Columbia. As a member of the Haisla Nation, Lee is proud to call Kitimat Village home again after living on Vancouver Island for 18 years. He has a passion for storytelling and looks forward to sharing stories through the lens of First Nations people.