Mannville Canada Day
With the COVID-19 restrictions that had been in place for the last 16 months lifted MMIFCSS along with many different partners were able to hold Canada Day celebrations in Mannville on July 1.
The day began with opening speeches from FCSS Summer Student Elizabeth Lenko and Jocelyne Lanovaz who spoke on behalf of Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homenuik, who could not be in attendance. Lenko did the Indigenous Acknowledgment.
“Welcome everyone to Canada Day 2021, we are really excited to see everyone here today. Together with Payton Konieczny we put this together with the summer students of FCSS. I would like to begin today with the realities of our world and ask everyone to spend a moment taking in our version of a memorial for the Indigenous lives that were lost and changed. We have placed orange ribbons up and down Mainstreet.
We have been working with Kevin John the man behind ‘Building Bridges’ and the son of Helen John to put this together today… with that, I am honoured to read the land acknowledgment written by Kevin John. “We acknowledge that we are gathered on Treaty 6 Territory, which is the traditional home, meeting grounds, travelling routes of the Cree, Blackfoot, Nakoda, Sioux, Deana, and Métis people. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous and Métis people that once lived and fl