Reminder: National Indigenous Peoples Day & Third Annual Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation
People of all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities, are invited to join the third annual “Rock Your Roots” Walk for Reconciliation and National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in Victoria Park on Thursday, June 21.
The “Rock Your Roots” Walk begins at 10:00 a.m. at the top of Victoria Park. We recommend people arrive at 9.30 a.m. for marshalling and a communal warm up exercise. The walk culminates at 11:30 a.m. and joins up with National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations, which includes free lunch, special guest speakers, live entertainment and fun for the whole family.
This year our theme is “Planting the Seed”. By walking together, we plant the seeds of reconciliation - honouring survivors and responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action as we grow a more inclusive community.
Participants and groups are encouraged (but not required) to “Rock Your Roots” by holding or wearing traditional symbols of your culture to show and share the diversity within our community.
7:30 a.m. Pipe Ceremony – open to all. *Information on Pipe Ceremony protocol can be found on page 24 of the ayisīnowak guide on Saskatoon.ca/ayisīnowak.
9:30 a.m. Gather at the start line for a group warm up exercise!
10:00 a.m. “Rock Your Roots” Walk for Reconciliation begins. Along the way, you’ll see the Chinese Martial Arts Academy, Curtis Peeteetuce, German Junior Folk Dance, India School of Dance and Music, Taste of China Academy and others perform!
11:30 a.m. Grand Entry of dignitaries and special guests.
12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Free lunch, cultural entertainment and family fun as part of National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations hosted by Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre.
Celebrations are free and open to all. Golf carts will be available for those unable to walk.
The City of Saskatoon’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action supports the City’s strategic goal of Quality of Life by identifying actions for enhancing Aboriginal well-being and participation in our community.