Presented by Reconciliation Saskatoon, the first Rock Your Roots: Walk for Reconciliation happened in June 2016 and drew thousands of people to Victoria Park in Saskatoon to show their commitment for reconciliation. Countless community members came together to realize a vision of diverse peoples walking together and honouring Residential School Survivors, as well as showing pride in their own cultures by “rocking their roots” and wearing cultural regalia or painting signs identifying their ethnicity. Along the route of the walk, diverse cultural performers showcased their talents for the community and in honour of the Residential School Survivors.
This year is a very different Rock Your Roots event, as we invite everyone to walk on their own or in small groups in accordance with health and safety guidelines. The Rock Your Roots organizing committee wanted to create this online event to share the origin of the walk, tell stories, and bring to you some performances to inspire your own walk.
We hope that on this day, you’ll find time to pause and reflect on how you are responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Please visit www.beaconnectr.com to find ideas about how you can respond to the TRC and move forward on your reconciliation journey!
Special thanks to the Saskatoon Survivors Circle for their input and guidance. And to the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association for bringing this production to life. We are grateful for support from the Saskatoon Community Foundation, Celebrate Canada and Nutrien. We also could not have done this without the in kind support from the City of Saskatoon. Finally, thanks so much to Bang Up! Productions for putting this video together.
– Rock Your Roots organizing committee & Reconciliation Saskatoon
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