On September 30, Indigenous elders, survivors, community activists, and Unifor members gathered on Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg’s Wellington Park) to honour and celebrate the resilience of area residential school survivors, their families, and the children who perished at the schools.
The first annual Orange Shirt Day Pow Wow was organized by Grace Redhead at the former site of the Assiniboia Residential School. The event featured a powerful and moving ceremony led by survivors and featured many drum circles and dances throughout the day.
“Canada is culpable, and acknowledging that is important, indeed critical to righting these wrongs. Building a better world is the responsibility of all Treaty people, in fact the responsibility of all Canadians,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director.
The pow wow wrapped up with a feast onsite that was open to the community.
Unifor helped to sponsor the event along with the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.