COCHRANE— Looking to bridge the relationship between Cochrane and Stoney Nakoda First Nation residents a memorial honouring the memory of Indigenous Children who attended Residential Schools is planned for Canada Day.
The vigil will take place at 9:30 p.m. at the Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge on Canada Day (July 1). Participants are encouraged to stand in solidarity to honour the children and their families who endured abuse and assimilation at Residential Schools.
The event is being organized by Teresa Snow and a non-Indigenous ally.
During the event, participants will be able to share stories and hold space to honour those who suffered abuse or died at Residential Schools. The event will end with the lighting of the bridge to honour the children.
"Truth and reconciliation are about uncovering truths and working toward building mutually respectful relationships. This happens when we have open minds and hearts to hear and feel, acknowledging we stand together in unity toward healing," said a press release. "In recent weeks, the country has learned of some very sad events that our Indigenous brothers and sisters and their families have experienced while attending residential school."