Sea of orange descends upon downtown Saskatoon to lift consciousness on TRC Calls to Motion

Downtown Saskatoon was a sea of ​​orange on Tuesday to raise awareness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) calls for action.

The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) guided over 100 people through the city center. Tribal leader Mark Arcand said more people were willing to listen since the discovery of unmarked graves in boarding schools across the province.

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Still, he said systems need to change, including child and family services and education on the prairies.

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“Learning about Columbus and Macbeth does not do our people justice,” Arcand said.

“Today we have to learn something about education and learn from it how we work so that it never happens to a child in this province, in this country, in this world.”


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Home school records must be shared directly with the First Nations: FSIN


Home school records must be shared directly with the First Nations: FSIN

Many organizations and local figures joined the march, including the Roman Catholic Dioses of Saskatoon.

Bishop Mark Hagemoen said he wanted to support the injured and offer healing for past mistakes.

“We have to build and not collapse,” said Hagemoen.

“We need to move away from the understandable anger and all the feelings that come with why people did this and our story as we move forward and help people heal.”

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Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark said the indigenous voices need to be reflected in the city.

“We really need to recognize the homeless and there are people on our streets who in many cases are suffering from the effects of boarding schools,” he said.

“We need better programs that work with the tribal council and other organizations to support the people.”


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Jenny Spyglass on her experience at Delmas Boarding School


Jenny Spyglass on her experience at Delmas Boarding School

Donna Heimbecker’s grandmother attended boarding school. She said Canada would experience even more pain as more unmarked graves would be found before the heritage could begin healing.

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“Reality will be exponential for people,” she said.

“It’s really hard to figure out as a mother and grandmother and descendant of a survivor, but it’s something that needs to be done.”

The STC said more awareness-raising events are planned in the coming months.


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The search for remains begins on the grounds of the Delmas boarding school


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