For the second year, the City of Grande Prairie and the Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services are recognizing Orange Shirt Day.
Michelle Grant, Regional Manager, Aboriginal Services Northwest Community and Social Services Government of Alberta, says it starts with the traditional welcoming smudge and opening prayer and will have three special speakers including Angie Crerar.
“And they are going to be talking about the impacts they’ve experienced from residential school, either going or being children of those who have gone to residential school.”
She adds “with events like Orange Shirt Day we are able to reclaim our cultural rights and freedoms by having a venue to share cultural teachings to younger Indigenous generations and community members of all cultural backgrounds.”
There will be opportunities for people to learn about the history of Indigenous peoples and Walking With Our Sisters will have a pop-up beading.
The free community event is from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the Mamawe Concourse outside the Montrose Cultural Centre.