Treaty 1 Territory – Thursday marked the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which was created this spring in response to one of the 94 calls to action put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that documented atrocities committed against our First Nations, Métis and Inuit children in government-funded, church-run residential schools over more than a century.
Treaty 2 Keepers and Helpers spent time in both the Treaty 1 and Treaty 2 Territory to assist at events hosted to honour Survivors, their families, their Nations, and in memory of all those little ones who never made it home.
A Healing Walk organized by the 60’s Scoop Legacy of Canada, began from the Canadian Human Rights Museum. Our Keepers and Helpers were tasked with the gracious honour of providing the medicines and lead the walk while smudging the way for all those following.
The walk continued up Main Street in Winnipeg, ending at St. John’s Park where walkers were greeted by a park full of patrons wearing Orange Shirts reading “Every Child Matters”.
September 30th, was already known as Orange Shirt Day, in honour of the experience of Phyllis Webstad, from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in B.C., whose gift of orange clothing from her grandmother was taken away on her first day at a residential school.
In attendance were IRS Survivors, Day School Survivors, 60’s Scoop Survivors and their families, Veterans, Pow-Wow Dancers and Drummers, along with many Indigenous Leaders, Knowledge Keepers, Families, New-Comers, and Volunteers.
Our Treaty 2 booth was visited by countless patrons throughout the entire day. We were honoured to have so many of our Urban members from our Treaty 2 Nations stop by. We visited with members of the African community, European families, and Asian families. These short visits were all very positive steps in reconciliation, and we were thrilled to be able to provide some teachings on the history of the Treaties, and the purpose of our Government.
Miigwech to the 60’s Scoop Legacy of Canada, Wa-Say Healing Centre, and Anish Corporation for the inclusion, and granting a space to connect with Survivors, and members from our Nations on such an important day for our people. We were moved to be part of such a well organized day, and we look forward to future collaborations to acknowledge our Survivors, and those MMIWGT+ and all of the families who are affected by these atrocities.
Be well relatives. Stay safe. Giga Waabamin. Every Child Matters.
Submitted By: Marlene Davis, Communications Keepers
Last modified: October 2, 2021