Video – Memorial June 2, 2021

On June 2, a large number of people in Slave Lake came out to hold a memorial for the 215 Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc children found recently in unmarked graves at a Kamloops Indian residential school.
Slave Lake area had three residential schools. One each in Grouard, Joussard, and Wabasca.
At the memorial, two Swan River First Nation residential school survivors spoke. The video contains part of Dustin Twin Sr.’s speech. Also, children of residential school survivors and local First Nations leaders spoke. There were also prayers, smudges, Cree songs and dances.
The event started around 5:15 p.m. at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre and ended shortly after 7:30 p.m. at the Town of Slave Lake office. There were too many people involved to mention them all, but there were representatives from Sawridge First Nation, Swan River First Nation, Driftpile First Nation, the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, the Town of Slave Lake, and both the Treaty 8 flag and Métis flag were prominent.
Local Métis, First Nations, and various non-Indigenous people from the area attended.

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