September 30 is the Day of Truth and Reconciliation. A day to recognizes the victims of the residential school system in Canada.
Indigenous Liaison for Strathmore Astokomii Smith explains that the day of Truth and Reconciliation is to create a space for people to learn and find better understanding and with that come closer to having reconciliation.
"It's also very important to us that we continue to listen and share the stories of residential school survivors. In order to build a healthy future with our Indigenous neighbours we must remember the past."
The Town of Strathmore will be having a walk in Kinsmen Park on September 30 to remember and show support of the Indigenous people. The walk will be just under 1 KM, and everyone can walk at their own pace. Smith says that everyone is welcome, and they want to encourage all attendees to wear orange in remembrance.
"Elder Eileen Black will give an opening prayer and share a few words, then the floor will open up for other invited guest to speak. We’ll also hear from guest speaker, Butch Wolfleg, who will share some of his personal experiences from his time at a residential school."
There will also be some traditional drummers and dancers lined up to share Blackfoot culture and after the Reconciliation Walk, everyone can stay and share a meal provided by First Nation Cuisine and Catering.
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