Individuals utilizing Canada Day for reconciliation at Saskatoon park – Saskatoon
Many people came to the Bring Them Home event in Saskatoon on Thursday and chose to spend Canada Day remembering and supporting the indigenous community.
The crowd at the event was a sea of orange – a symbol of the Every Child Matters movement.
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“It’s time for a change. It’s 2021, ”said Allison Forsberg, Bring Them Home organizer.
“The apology for the boarding school survivors was made in 2008. That has been a while, and I personally feel that the celebration of Canada Day does not allow these survivors to heal.”
The recent discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves near boarding schools across the country got Canada thinking and listening to survivors of the system.
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At the meeting at Kiwanis Memorial Park, a number of people shared their thoughts on the matter.
“There are many people who deny what actually happened,” said event participant Michael Linklater. “It’s an unfortunate reality. But today is a day when we will see the true story of how this land came into being. “
Backpacks line the steps of the legislative building to depict unmarked graves
Forsberg said it was critical that people take the time to support boarding school survivors, adding that it was more important than watching Canada Day fireworks.
“I am indigenous and with that in mind, it is important to show these survivors the support and understanding,” said Forsberg.
One of the speakers at the event said the tragic discoveries made it the time to educate, share stories and understand the country’s past.
“I think now is the time to truly be allied with the indigenous peoples and work together to ensure that truth and reconciliation take place in this land,” said spokesman Andre Bear.
The event was supposed to end with a candlelight vigil on Broadway Bridge Thursday evening.
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