Many Communities Cancel Canada Day Celebrations

After the discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Cowessess First Nation, many communities have changed their mind regarding their planned Canada Day celebrations

From the Maritimes to B.C., many communities have opted to put a pause on celebrations with some organizers saying in a statement that “a quiet day of reflection may be the best way for our community to spend the holiday.”

Recently, Melville, Wahpeton Dakota Nation, Meadow Lake and Flying Dust First Nation, the northern tri-communities of La Ronge, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and the Village of Air Ronge have

The Meadow Lake & District Chamber of Commerce announced via Facebook there will not be a local Canada Day celebration on July 1st. The nearby Flying Dust First Nation, which also cancelled the day, is welcoming guests to join them for a mini powwow on July 2nd at the Flying Dust arbour.

Previously planned Canada Day festivities in Meadow Lake have been postponed until July 8th.

Melville has also announced its decision to postpone its Canada Day parade and fireworks on Saturday.

The city council is encouraging the community to place a candle in their front window or front step, or hang an orange shirt in their window in support of residential school survivors.

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