Whata Mohawk Territory plans to mark Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth & Reconciliation by hosting a gathering and memorial walk.
Here are the details courtesy of Wahta Mohawk Territory. You can find out more by visiting their Facebook page.
“For many of us, as First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, we live with the intergenerational trauma caused by residential schools. This year has been particularly more difficult as we grieve for the little ones who continue to be recovered in unmarked graves and those who will never be found. We know our communities and allies are also significantly impacted by these realities.Join us for a memorial walk in honor of Orange Shirt Day, the 6,509 children who have been recovered in unmarked graves across Turtle Island, and to the children who may never make it home.We will meet at the Wahta Administration Building 2664 Muskoka District Road 38, Bala and will be walking to Wahta Cultural Centre at the heart of our Community to gather around a sacred fire to conclude.WHERE & WHEN:
Wahta Administration Building
12:30pm – Gather at Administration Building
1:00pm- Traditional Opening with Ryan DeCaire
1:30pm- Begin Memorial Walk
2:30pm- Arrive at Cultural Centre, Acknowledgment, Closing remarks, Drumming***about a 3km walk- roughly an hour to walk *****The sacred fire will be lit prior to the memorial walk and will be joined by participants at cultural center to make an offering**WHAT YOU CAN DO:-Wear an Orange Shirt
-Bring your drum or shaker
-Make signs and banners
-Social Distance/ Stay home if you are feeling ill
-Bring love, respect and good intentions”
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