“You Can Hear Us, A Walk Of Healing And Recognition”
September 30 at Neyaashiinigmiing 

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Photo Credit: Marydale Ashcroft Photo: Every Child Matters orange sign located near McIver Road and Boundary Road.
By Joanne Rodgers, Bruce Peninsula Press

Organizers for the “You Can Hear Us, A Walk Of Healing And Recognition” say “We will walk again, together, September 30 at Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker)”.

If you were part of the Walk held on the evening of July 3, 2021 you will remember the emotions. Many of us had just recently become aware of the atrocities our Indigenous community had lived through. We were outraged, our hearts were broken, our tears flowed at the thought of the poor children and families.

The organizers remind us that the tragic legacy of the Residential Schools and the aftermath “was not news to our Indigenous community. They had been living with the scars and ongoing trauma of not only the Residential Schools, but the Day Schools, the ‘60s Scoop and the mistreatment of their Veterans after returning from war.”

Community’s promise 

“It was at this walk last year that many of us vowed to not forget, to become a voice in demanding recognition. We would do more. Then the media news became silent, the tee shirts worn less, and we carried on in our daily lives. Meanwhile bodies are still being recovered, the count over 10,000. These children can not be forgotten.” say the Organizers.

Walk starts at 10:30 am September 30

On September 30, 2022, the Organizers are inviting the Community to “Walk with us again. Show we have not forgotten. That we still stand with our Indigenous community. That even though we have not been vocal, our promise still stands, that our word is worth something, that we can rebuild the trust that has been broken again and again. Let us join hands in a circle that day and vow that our hearts are sincere.”

Attendees are asked to meet at the intersection of Purple Valley Road and McIver Rd prior to 10:30 a.m (a suggestion is to start to arrive about 10 a.m.). Parking attendants will be there to direct traffic and assign parking spots. For those with mobility issues, parking will be available along Boundary Rd. 

Photo Credit: Google Maps Photo Attendees are asked to meet at the intersection of Purple Valley Road and McIver Rd prior to 10:30 a.m. Parking attendants will be there to direct traffic and assign parking spots.

At 10:30 a.m. the participants will start to walk towards the Every Child Matters Orange sign located near McIver Road and Boundary Road.

At the same time Community members from Neyaashiinigmiing will also start to walk towards the Orange Sign.

Both groups will meet at the Sign to recognize the lives lost. One of the Organizers Marydale Ashcroft says “There can’t be reconciliation without recognition.”

The Organizers say “From there we will walk together in healing, to the Pow Wow grounds which is located at Cape Croker Park. We will join hands, acknowledging each other, the children lost, the suffering that continues and make a silent commitment to be a voice for those who can no longer speak.”

Everyone is invited to sit as a Community, to listen to some music and to the guest speakers and to enjoy a sandwich and drink. 

Volunteers needed

Anyone able to assist with food, transportation or as a parking attendant are invited to a planning meeting to be held on September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rotary Hall in Lion’s Head or can email Marydale Ashcroft at marydale@amtelecom.net or call 519-793-4782.