Making a statement

Contrary to earlier reports, there weren’t any official Canada Day celebrations in M.D. of Opportunity communities. As late as June 23, a whole slate of activities was being planned, including fireworks and a concert in Wabasca. But following a meeting with Bigstone Cree Nation on June 28, all of that was scuttled.

‘Out of respect for those who have lost their lives and the survivors,’ is how one councillor put it.

It is fully expected that the remains of children in unmarked graves will be found at former residential school sites in Wabasca and Desmarais, much as they are turning up in other locations.

Hopefully some good will come out of this, and other gestures and conversations going on around this sad chapter in Canadian history.

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