We would like to invite you to join us for a special event symbolizing our united stand against racism and discrimination. On February 6th, we will join for a symbolic walk we are calling “We Walk Together”. This walk was inspired by a series of discussions around bringing awareness to the systemic racism within our communities. A common goal is to create welcome and inclusive communities, where residents, employees and visitors are not at risk of racism, discrimination, or social exclusion.
On February 6th at 11:00 am our walk will start with an intention by Carl Quinn at the Spirit Bear on the Racette School corner. We will proceed west down main street with the support of our local Community Peace Officers and RCMP as well as a team of drummers. We will take a brief stop for another prayer and intention by Pierre Lamoureux at the Elder Medicine Man statue in front of the Canada Post Office. Our third stop will be in front of Portage College with a last intention by Andrew Jackson.
Our destination will be at St. Paul Recreation Centre. At the Centre you will be welcomed and served a lunch provided by the County of St. Paul as well as the Town of St. Paul. We would ask you to take the opportunity to share your lunch with a new acquaintance. There will be questions on your table to initiate discussion on what Walking Together can mean. We will close our event by 1:30 pm by participating in a celebratory round dance.
Since this walk is taking place during winter and there is no shelter along the way an alternate plan is in place. Should the temperature drop below -15c, including wind chill, the event will happen indoors at the Recreation Centre at 11:00 am. If you would like to participate in the walk but are unable to start at Racette School please feel free to join in at any time during the walk or meet the walk participants at the Recreation Centre.
We look forward to you joining us on February 6, 2018.
The We Walk Together Committee has representation from the community of Saddle Lake First Nations, County and Town of St. Paul, The St. Paul and area Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures, Champions of Change, Reconciliation St. Paul Committee, and Blue Quills University.