BEARDY’S OKEMASIS FIRST NATION – On Thursday, June 9, the Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation will host a Two-Spirit Pride Festival, the first of its kind on a First Nation in Saskatchewan.
The event, which will take place on the Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation, will start off at 11:30 am with a parade through the community ending at the band office. There will then be speakers until the special Pride flag raising ceremony at 12:30pm. A community lunch will then be held right after the flag raising.
This event comes at an important time where the focus lately has been on bullying, mental health, and suicides on First Nations. An event that is as inclusive and accepting as this can only be helpful for youth who feel isolated as they grow and may begin to question their own sexual orientation. “More and more youth are identifying as Two-Spirit in our community, we want to acknowledge you and let you know you’re not alone” stated Chief Rick Gamble. •
Indigenous Times Staff
The Reconciliation Flag was raised June 1st, at City Hall in Saskatoon.
Photo: Errol Sutherland
SASKATOON, SK —The month of Reconciliation is upon us as events continue throughout the month until June 22. These events are hosted by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC), the City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC), Central Urban Metis Federation Inc. (CUMFI), and 29 businesses and community organizations.
This month, people are encouraged to not only listen to the stories of survivors, and learn of the histories, but also to share their own take on what reconciliation is to them and what they plan to do as a ‘Call to Action’ — corresponding with the 94 ‘Calls to Action’ outlined in the TRC report that was made specifially “in order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.”
The history of the residential schools has an inter-generational effect; it has not only affected the survivors, but their families as well. Many generations are troubled and struggling through various issues including addictions and mental health issues as the effect of the residential schools lingers on. Reconciliation can thus be seen as an effort to find strength together to combat these struggles and find a positive light.
The public is encouraged to attend and support the Reconciliation events. Visit www.otc.ca for more info. Ekosi.
Saskatoon Upcoming Events:
June 13: Wicihitowin Speaker Series: Calls to Action – Presented by Potash Corp. Feature Presenter: Eugene Arcand Frances Morrison Library Auditorium 10:30am-12pm Registration Fee: $20. To register:
June 20: Public Talk: Hunger, Human Experimentation and the Legacy of Residential Schools. Station 20 West 7pm.
June 21: National Aboriginal Day Celebrations. Host: SIMFC.
@ Victoria Park – www.simfc.ca
June 22 Rock Your Roots: A Call to Action – Day for Reconciliation @ Victoria Park 10:30 am to 12pm: Walk for Reconciliation
12 pm to 2:30 p.m.: BBQ and Entertainment
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