Thousands of people headed to the riverbank in Saskatoon and hundreds more attended a powwow at SaskTel Centre on Friday to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The morning started along the riverbank with the annual Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation. A pancake breakfast kicked off the free public event at Central Urban Métis Federation, Inc. (CUMFI), followed by a blocks-long walk that ended at Reconciliation Circle in Victoria Park.
The Orange Banner Project, presented by the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Tribal Council to honour people affected by residential schools, was also highlighted on the walk.
“A big part of the walk is to see these banners and read the messages and stories of the survivors along the way,” event organizer Donna Heimbecker said.
Into the afternoon and evening, the Saskatoon Tribal Council hosted a powwow at SaskTel Centre to honour residential school survivors, followed by a concert headlined by Canadian country star George Canyon.
StarPhoenix photojournalists Matt Smith and Michelle Berg attended both events. Here are some of their pictures:
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