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Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation

Community, Culture & Heritage

Jun 21st, 9:30 am

Victoria Park (Spadina Crescent and Avenue F)

The 2019 Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation is back for its fourth year and will be held in Victoria Park on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Friday, June 21.

The theme for this year is Re-igniting the Fire - a reminder that we cannot delegate Reconciliation. We must commit as individuals, businesses, and communities to listen, learn, show up and share. We must keep the fire burning to spark change in our lives and city.

People of all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities, are invited to be a part of this important event that brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together and paves the way for a shared future.

WALK WITH US: Organize your friend’s, your family, your community! We invite individuals, businesses, non-profits, faith communities, school groups and more to join the walk as a group. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! Here are some ideas we’ve seen from our incredible walkers over the years:

- Carry your company/organization banner
- Get t-shirts made
- Wear the traditional/cultural dress of your heritage to “Rock Your Roots”
- Create handheld signs to carry with you and/or your group

Since 2016, the Walk for Reconciliation has grown, drawing almost 5,000 people to Victoria Park to recognize the sacrifices and resilience of Residential School & Day School Survivors, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and Sixties Scoop Survivors.

By walking together, we re-ignite the fire of reconciliation—honouring survivors and answering the TRC’s Calls to Action as we grow a more inclusive community. Let’s Re-Ignite the Fire together!

Starting at 9:30 a.m. at Victoria Park, the Rock Your Roots walk will feature a variety of traditional and multicultural dances, music and performances along the way.

The walk culminates at 11:30 a.m. joining National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations hosted by the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre including lunch, special guest speakers, entertainment and fun for all the family!

7:00 am - Pipe Ceremony
9:00 am - Grand Entry
9:30 am - Walk Your Roots: Walk for Reconciliation
11:30 am - Dignitary Speeches
12:00 pm - Public lunch, entertainment and family fun - National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration hosted by Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre