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Saskatoon Rocked their Roots with the Walk for Reconciliation

  • Published - 21/06/2018
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  • Posted By - OTC
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It was a record crowd for the third annual Rock York Roots Walk for Reconciliation in Saskatoon on June 21.

More than 4,600 people of many different ethnicities traveled from across the province to gather in Saskatoon to promote inclusion and Reconciliation on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

“It’s a very visible, visceral way of connecting, and showing people they can connect,” Harry Lafond, executive director of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner said to a NewsTalk 650 CKOM reporter.

“That’s what reconciliation is about. Going on a journey to know yourself, but also to know who your neighbour is.”

Participants, including classrooms of school kids, celebrated their cultural heritage by holding or wearing traditional symbols of their culture or organizations.

Planting the Seed was the theme of the walk, because by walking together, participants plant the seeds of reconciliation—honouring survivors and answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action, growing into a more inclusive community.

As the walk wrapped up at 11:30 a.m. participants joined up with National Indigenous People Day celebrations.