Supporting Indigenous neighbours and reflecting on the past for a better future.
Hundreds of New Westminster and Burnaby residents gathered today, Sept. 30, for a four-hour powwow, Voices of our Children, as part of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
This included traditional dancing by Wild Moccasin Dancers, drumming by StarChild and guest speakers about the impacts of the former residential school system.
As well, several Indigenous vendors and food trucks were set up for the event in Westminster Pier Park (1 6th St.).
The Spirit of the Children Society organized the powwow, which was supported by the First Nations Health Authority City of Burnaby via a $3,000 grant.
Burnaby has also made a commitment to support the event in future years, a city spokesperson confirmed. Mayor Mike Hurley also attended the teaching powwow.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Learn more about the commission's 94 Calls to Action and what work is being done towards achieving them.
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- Check out the Government of Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation site for more about the day, how it came about and how to mark it.