In the spirit of peace, Regina will have its first Miyo-wiciwitowin Day.
Thursday is the first Miyo-wiciwitowin Day in Regina. Mary Simon, who is the Governor General of Canada, will be one of the speakers.
Miyo-wiciwitowin means “to walk together in a good way” in Cree. It is also the word for “reconciliation.”
About 18,000 people are expected at the event the day before the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which was made a federal holiday last year to remember the children who died while being forced to go to church-run and government-funded residential schools and those who survived.
Miyo-wiciwitowin Day has been set up to teach people about the past and make the future better. The focus will be on how important it is to act on the 94 calls to action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the spirit of reconciliation.
Cadmus Delorme, Cowessess First Nation Chief and co-chair of Miyo-wiciwitowin Day, said in a May news release, “On Treaty Four territory land that we all share, we will gather, learn, better understand, and walk away with actions to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.”
There are also songs and dances.
The event starts at 9:30 a.m. at Mosaic Stadium. to 1:30 p.m. It is expected to have music, dance, and personal stories from people who went to residential schools.
RoseAnne Archibald, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Ted Quewezance, a survivor of a residential school who went to Rome earlier this year to try to get Pope Francis to visit Canada, and Lori Campbell, the associate vice president for Indigenous engagement at the University of Regina, will also give talks.
It will start with the Metis jigging and square dancing group Creeland Dancers and end with the Indigenous trap music duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids from Vancouver.
It was made by Cowessess First Nation, Regina Exhibition Association Ltd. (REAL), and a number of other partners.
A staff report from the beginning of August said that the whole event would cost $400,000.
About $50,000 came from the federal and provincial governments, and another $50,000 came from the Regina Executive Committee.