As the outdoor memorial had to be moved to clear the area for winter tobogganing activities, the partners decided it would be a good opportunity to move the exhibit to the Cree Nation Urban Preserve from Red Pheasant in North Battleford so that it can stand.
“We have an excellent relationship with our First Nations partners. We want to continue raising awareness, ”said North Battleford Mayor David Gillan of this effort. “Everyone comes together to pay tribute to this important [initiative]. “
Attendees at Wednesday’s event gathered all of the stakes from the Residential School Children Memorial Exhibit and transported them on a public walk through North Battleford to the urban lands of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation just in off Territorial Drive in North Battleford, near Centex Gas Bar.
BATC said the display will be installed there until a more permanent location is created.
Alexis Christensen of BATC, who is also a city councilor for the Town of Battleford, said she appreciates seeing municipalities and First Nations in the region working together to achieve common goals.
“The Town of North Battleford has asked us to help move the memorial to another location. In a few months, this hill will be a sliding slope for all the young people in our community. So we look forward to the partnerships and ongoing relationships that we build every day, ”she said.
Flag raising ceremony in Battleford
On Wednesday, the town of Battleford hosted a Treaty 6 and Métis Nation flag raising ceremony, also a historic moment to mark the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, which takes place on September 30.
Representatives from the Town of Battleford, indigenous communities in the area, as well as the Mayor of North Battleford, David Gillan, and Battlefords MPP Jeremy Cockrill, and some local school children also took part in the ceremony.
The Mayor of Battleford, Ames Leslie, was happy to see that the event was such a success.
“We had the song of honor and native veterans on behalf of the native community to raise the flags,” Leslie said. “[These flags] will now fly permanently outside the town of Battleford with all the other flags we fly at Town Hall. It was very appropriate, the timing. I think this will go a long way in spreading the message that the Town of Battleford is first and foremost about inclusion, recognizing Indigenous communities and our shared history.
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