Led by Sarah Letkeman, through the Rotary Club of Whitecourt, the group was armed with tons of chalk, ready to decorate the sidewalk around the pond.
Letkeman said that after seeing something similar in another community, she decided to do something in Whitecourt because the news of more graves found at residential schools weighed heavily on her heart. “Having a stepson who is almost 13 and my son who is two, it’s heartbreaking to think about what the children went through.”
Since the Kamloops residential school graves came to light, more graves have been found elsewhereAtlantic Provinces and i, including Brandon, Manitoba. Due to public outcry, several provincial leaders have announced they are putting money towards further testing, including Ontario and Alberta.
Letkeman said that encouraging people to be curious about the topic is essential. “I hope that every person, Indigenous or not, can start exploring this subject from a place of genuine curiosity. We have to be more open-minded and try to drop those perspectives that have been learnedThe spread of COVID-19. So, we would expect other provinces to do that as well,. If you come at something with curiosity, there is no judgement. It is just exploratory, and you never know what you can find, both in yourself and in other people.”
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