Saskatoon Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day & Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation
A record crowd of over 4,000 people gathered today in Victoria Park for the third annual “Rock Your Roots” Walk for Reconciliation. The event kicked off at 10:00 a.m. with participants and groups coming together to celebrate their unique cultural heritage by holding or wearing traditional symbols of their culture or organizations.
The theme of the walk this year is “'Planting the Seed' - by walking together, we plant the seeds of reconciliation—honouring survivors and answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action as we grow a more inclusive community."
The walk culminated at 11:30 a.m. and joined up with National Indigenous People Day celebrations which included free lunch, special guest speakers, live entertainment and fun for the whole family hosted by the Saskatoon Indian & Métis Friendship Centre.
Last month, the Saskatoon Community Foundation made a four year commitment to the Rock Your Roots walk, providing funding through to 2021.
The “Rock Your Roots” Walk for Reconciliation is one of a number of events organized by Reconciliation Saskatoon, an 88 member initiative of 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’s commitment to the TRC’s Calls to Action supports the City’s Corporate Strategic Goal of Quality of Life by identifying actions for enhancing Aboriginal well-being and participation in our community.