‘Truth, Then Reconciliation Walk’
September 30, 2021 was the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In Slave Lake, the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre organized a ‘Truth, Then Reconciliation Walk’ from the Slave Lake RCMP detachment to the Friendship Centre.
Local Indian Residential School survivors, their families, and allies all attended. Many wore orange, as since 2013 orange shirts have been a symbol to raise awareness about Indian Residential Schools. As one of the survivors wore her brand-new orange shirt to her first day of school, only to have it be taken away. She never saw it again.
The motto of Orange Shirt Day is ‘Every Child Matters.’
The focus at the ‘Truth, Then Reconciliation Walk’ was on listening to survivors. Two of local elders (Theresa Campiou and Florence Gladue) shared their stories. Their stories in this video.