Photos: Thousands honour Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Saskatoon


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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.

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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.

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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.

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StarPhoenix photojournalists Matt Smith and Michelle Berg attended both events. Here are some of their pictures:

A wave of orange shirts filled Saskatoon as people walked from CUMFI to Victoria Park during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
A wave of orange shirts filled Saskatoon as people walked from CUMFI to Victoria Park during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
A wave of orange shirts filled Saskatoon as people walked from CUMFI to Victoria Park during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
A wave of orange shirts filled Saskatoon as people walked from CUMFI to Victoria Park during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
From right: Tim Rosebluff, Cara Arcand, Kimowan Ahenakew and Okimaw Ahenakew stand at the ‘Where our Paths Cross’ reconciliation circle art installation in Victoria Park during Rock Your Roots on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
From right: Tim Rosebluff, Cara Arcand, Kimowan Ahenakew and Okimaw Ahenakew stand at the ‘Where our Paths Cross’ reconciliation circle art installation in Victoria Park during Rock Your Roots on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
A wave of orange shirts filled Saskatoon as people walked from CUMFI to Victoria Park during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
A wave of orange shirts filled Saskatoon as people walked from CUMFI to Victoria Park during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Saskatoon residents wave to the crowd as they walk from CUMFI to Victoria Park during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
Saskatoon residents wave to the crowd as they walk from CUMFI to Victoria Park during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Saskatoon mayor Charlie Clark speaks during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022
Saskatoon mayor Charlie Clark speaks during the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022 Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Cara Arcand dances at Rock Your Roots at Victoria Park on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
Cara Arcand dances at Rock Your Roots at Victoria Park on National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022 Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Men’s traditional dancer Josh Bear attends the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022
Men’s traditional dancer Josh Bear attends the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022 Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022.
Hundreds of people attend the STC powwow at SaskTel Centre as part of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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