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Walk held in Kitamaat Village on to honour residential school survivors

Haisla Nation raises flag for truth and reconciliation
Drumming at the Recreation Centre in Kitamaat Village on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Sept. 30, 2021. (Submitted photo/Cameron Orr)

Sept. 30 marked the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Various events took place across B.C.’s northwest in honour of truth and reconciliation. In Kitamaat, events were planned by the Haisla Nation Council. Leading up to the day a flag was raised on Sept. 29 at the Haisla Nation’s administration building.

Elder Marilyn Furlan thanked everyone that was there to recognize the solemn occasion in a video produced by the Haisla Nation Council.

“Today we ask our brothers and sisters of all nations for understanding as we are grieving the loss of a generation of our own,” she said.

Furlan finished by saying that the flag was also raised so the children that were lost won’t be forgotten. Amy Dianne provided and designed the flag.

A walk was then held on Sept. 30 where participants walked up to the marina in town and residential school survivors were greeted and welcomed home. Following this, participants then walked back to the recreation centre and had lunch.

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