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Accept the ConnectR Reconciliation Challenge & help celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

For immediate release: June 19, 2020 - 1:00pm

The City of Saskatoon invites residents to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) by accepting the ConnectR Reconciliation Challenge. This initiative is replacing this year’s Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation and events at Reconciliation Circle in Victoria Park, which have been cancelled in keeping with COVID-19 provincial health orders.

“We’re hoping individuals and organizations will see this ConnectR challenge as an opportunity to explore, learn, and take up their own Calls to Action” says Warren Isbister-Bear, the City’s Acting Director of Indigenous Initiatives. “There are many people that want to be a part of the Reconciliation journey but they aren’t sure how or where to start – this is the perfect place.”

What is the ConnectR Reconciliation Challenge?

Beginning June 21, visit every week for eight weeks to choose a new commitment under the categories of Spirit, Head, Body, or Heart. Commitments include things such as:

  • Attend an Indigenous cultural event
  • Authentically engage with an Elder
  • Learn more about a First Nations community near you
  • Try an Indigenous recipe
  • Watch an Indigenous film

Organizations and individuals can also join the ConnectR Challenge Facebook Group to share experiences and receive updates to help guide and support their journey. This group will provide the link to several scheduled video calls with Indigenous Elders, leaders, and youth for discussions to facilitate learning and reflection on Indigenous issues. Those not on Facebook can email to be added to a mailing list.

The ConnectR Reconciliation Challenge is an initiative of Reconciliation Saskatoon – a community of over 115 organizations, non-profits, businesses and partners who have come together towards one mission: to initiate a citywide conversation about Reconciliation and provide opportunities for everyone to engage in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. The City of Saskatoon co-chairs Reconciliation Saskatoon.