Sagamok walks to Spanish boarding schools


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On National Truth and Reconciliation Day, a group of residents and supporters of the Sagamok First Nation walked from their home community to former residential school sites in Spanish. March organizer Salena Sutton said the march lasted between six and seven hours. About 20 people joined Sutton on the walk on a bright sunny day with a light breeze making the walk more comfortable, she said.

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After arriving at the site of the old boarding school, community member Robert Stoneypoint spoke to the original group and others at the site.

Stoneypoint held vigils at the old school site last summer to honor and commemorate residential school survivors and those who never returned home. After his speech, Chief Alan Ozawanimke of Sagamok, Local MP Carol Hughes joined the Massey Walkers to accompany them to the children’s residential school site. Hughes spoke to the people gathered in the sharing circle. A Sacred Fire awaited the walkers on their arrival.

Reflecting on the walk afterwards, Sutton said, “I am very proud of the children and youth of Sagamok who took part in this walk.

“It was a beautiful day to take a healing walk. It was difficult in terms of my own physical limitations.

Photo by LESLEY KNIBBBS Sagamok Walkers arrive at residential school sites in Spanish.

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