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#ActOnReconciliation by taking a Walk of Reconciliation

For immediate release: June 23, 2022 - 12:05pm
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Following the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) on September 30, 2021, the Saskatoon Tribal Council has initiated a campaign called #ActOnReconciliation. It’s intended to harness the momentum of NDTR and Orange Shirt Day (also September 30) and keep Reconciliation top of mind all year long. The campaign calls for action and awareness on the last Friday of each month in 2022.

The City is supporting the #ActOnReconciliation campaign by highlighting Reconciliation actions and activities. As well, to further heighten awareness, the City will apply an orange filter to their social media accounts and light the following civic facilities in orange: City Hall, the City’s Prairie Wind art installation outside the Remai Modern, and SaskTel Centre.

#ActOnReconciliation – June Action

On Friday, June 24, demonstrate your commitment to Reconciliation by:

  1. Wearing your EveryChildMatters shirt or any other orange shirt.
     
  2. Following the cancellation of the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation, consider planning to take your own Walk for Reconciliation. Walk alone or walk with friends and take some time to reflect personally on Reconciliation or to discuss. Residential School Survivors have indicated that the significance of a walk can be attributed to the Sunday walks in residential schools. This was often the only time when siblings and cousins of different genders might be reunited.
     
  3. Help build awareness for Reconciliation by joining the online conversation using hashtag #ActOnReconciliation.

In order to establish and maintain a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) found that “there has to be awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour.”

The City has been actively engaged – as a municipality, co-chair of Reconciliation Saskatoon, and through other community partnerships – in efforts to help raise awareness about Reconciliation and in providing opportunities to participate. Learn more at saskatoon.ca/Indigenous.