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Indigenous leaders inspire Montreal crowd – The Star

by ahnationtalk on October 1, 2021166 Views

Oct. 1, 2021

Every word spoken by Katsi’tsakwas Ellen Gabriel carried through the heavy air as hundreds of people attentively listened, desperately trying to absorb their meaning.

“Why did it take finding evidence of the children for you all to rise up together with us?” pleaded the Kanehsata’kehró:non, as she addressed the sea of orange shirts flooding the public space at a gathering held at Montreal’s Place du Canada to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

“Today we mourn all the speakers, artists, singers, musicians, teachers, traditional knowledge keepers, the medicine keepers, and the spiritual people. We mourn those losses of lives that could have been standing here with us,” continued Gabriel.

While the newly enacted federal holiday upholds the 80th call to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, the decree to establish a day honouring victims and families comes just short of six years after the official document was released in December 2015.

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