Wiikwemkoong celebration is now a healing gathering

By Rosalind Russell – Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory had plans to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with a festive community gathering, but now the focus will be on healing.

Following the shooting this past weekend where two people died and a third is in hospital, the Wiikwemkoong Tourism office says the celebration at Thunderbird Park will focus on healing for community members.

It is a closed gathering, so the public is asked not to attend since the focus will be on the residents and will include a powwow with healing dances and prayers, and a community feast.

They add a Sacred Fire was lit early Monday morning and will continue burning for the next few days.

Photo: What was to be a festive gathering is now a day of healing for the community of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. Photo by Rosalind Russell

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