The Laichwiltach Family Life Society is hosting an Every Child Matters walk starting at Spirit Square in Campbell River Friday.
Friday is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and the walk begins at 11 a.m.
“The road to reconciliation is through understanding that although those children were lost, they could be called back home through ceremony and remembrance,” said James Quatell, elder, residential school survivor and hereditary chief of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation.
“I want people to hear the voices of those children saying ‘Help me get home. I don’t want to be lost any more. I want to go home.’ It’s people acknowledging and accepting that, yes, that really did happen. A new page has to be turned for all of us in order to find some kind of understanding of why that happened.”
The City of Campbell is encouraging residents to attend the event and wear orange.
“As the city continues along its journey of learning and reconciliation, we acknowledge and thank Liǧʷiłdax̌ʷ for sharing with us their works as we look to recognize and honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation,” said city manager Deborah Sargent. “I encourage residents and visitors alike to take time to learn about Indigenous Peoples and the history and tragic legacy of residential schools across Canada.”
All City of Campbell River facilities will be closed during the day including the community centre, city hall and the Campbell River Sportsplex.
Curbside garbage, recycling, and yard waste won’t be picked up Friday and will move forward one weekday.