Source: Alaska Highway News
Several hundred Fort St. John residents joined in Centennial Park on Thursday to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. Sep 30, 2021 5:15 PM By: Tom Summer
Several hundred Fort St. John residents joined together in Centennial Park on Thursday to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
The new federal statutory holiday recognizes the legacy of Canada’s residential schools, and to honour lost children and survivors.
Ceremonies at Centennial Park began with drumming and an opening prayer, followed by a walk around the city’s recreational campus along 100 Street, 93 Avenue, 96 Street, and 96 Avenue.
Connie Greyeyes, the Northern Case Manager for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, led the event and said the day is about more than just wearing orange shirts.
“It’s about working toward a better future for our children, and recognizing what a privilege it is for parents to be able to take your child to school, and pick them up and bring them home,” said Greyeyes. “Almost every single indigenous person you may know in your life is affected by intergenerational trauma of residential schools and day schools.”
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