Equity Diversity Inclusion Network's
Orange Shirt Day Walk & BBQ
Healing Our Communities
Presented by Reconciliation Regina
On Saturday, September 30th, the Equity Diversity Inclusion Network is hosting the Orange Shirt Day Walk & BBQ – Healing Our Communities, Presented by Reconciliation Regina.
To commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, participants will gather at the mâmawêyatitân centre starting at 8:30am for a Pipe Ceremony and then at 10am a short program will commence. The program will feature speaker, Eagle Feather News Editor and Residential School Survivor, Kerry Benjoe who is also a member of the Muscowpetung First Nation. Following this, a special memorial song will be sung by Everet Sayer & Tony Ironchild from Piapot First Nation for those children who never made it home from Indian Residential School.
The walk will be led by jingle dress dancers and will begin at 11am. The jingle dress dance signifies healing and will help all those that are part of the event with their healing journeys. Songs will be sung throughout the walk by the Red Dog Drum Group. The route will take participants through north central, hitting main streets including Elphinstone St., 5th Ave., Albert St. and 7th Ave.
A BBQ is planned at 12pm as participants return from the walk.
8:30am – Pipe Ceremony
10:00am – Program
11:00am – Healing Walk
12:00pm – Free BBQ
Starting Location – mâmawêyatitân centre soccer pitch, located on 7th Ave and Elphinstone St. The walk will then proceed:
- North on Elphinstone St. to 5th Ave.
- East on 5th Ave. to Albert St.
- South on Albert St. to 7th Ave.
- West on 7th Ave. to Park on 7th Ave and Elphinstone St.
Orange T-Shirts - Where to Buy:
- Orange Shirt Day Society (links to retailers approved by Orange Shirt Day Society)
- Resist Clothing Brand
- Ungalli Clothing Brand
- Gabriel Dumont Institute
Regina & Area:
- Anytime Fitness – 6250 Rochdale Blvd or 3115 Woodhams Dr. East
- The Royal Saskatchewan Museum Gift store – 2445 Albert Street Regina
- Cree Land Mini Mart – 6th Ave and Angus St. in Regina
- Newo-Yotina Friendship Centre – 1635 11th Ave, Regina 306-525-5042
- Northgate Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy 2310 – 9th Ave North
- Becky’s Place – 197 Broadway Street E, Fort Qu’Appelle
Orange Shirt Day Booklet - Presented by SaskTel
Download the Orange Shirt Day reference guide, here.
In 1830, Indigenous Nations were seen as barriers to a new nation to flourish and viewed as, “The Indian Problem”. The Act of Gradual Civilization of the Indian was created in 1869. To fix this problem the government had a mission to “kill the Indian in the child.” Education was a mechanism to colonize and assimilate all Indigenous children, to destroy their culture,
beliefs, language, and sense of pride.
In 2021, Canadians were shocked by the discovery of 215 unmarked graves at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, followed by more discoveries here in Saskatchewan at the Marieval Indian Residential School and
still more to be discovered. This serves as a reminder that more work still needs to be done.