Plans are under way to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 with a pair of events in Humboldt. The local events are part of the province’s Culture Days and are sponsored by The City of Humboldt Department of Cultural Services, the Westminster United Affirm Team, and Arts Humboldt.
Acclaimed fiddle player and activist Tristen Durocher will be in Humboldt on Friday, September 29 to play a concert at the Humboldt and District Gallery. The free concert starts at 7 pm; doors open at 6:30 with the concert hosted by Arts Humboldt.
The following morning on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Durocher will participate in a Walk for Reconciliation organized by the Westminster United Affirm Team. Walkers will meet at Civic Park at 9:45am on Saturday, September 30 and walk to Westminster Hall for refreshments and an official program with Durocher as guest speaker. Orange shirts are welcome, but not required for the walk.
Durocher has been an instrumental figure in sparking change and dialogue around Northern and Indigenous People’s interests. Inspired by the defeat of a suicide prevention bill in the Saskatchewan Legislature, Tristen created the “Walking with Our Angels” campaign to raise awareness of the disproportionately high rate of suicide among Northern and Indigenous peoples, walking 635 km from his home in Air Ronge, SK, to the Legislative grounds in Regina, SK. He set up a teepee and started a 44-day ceremonial fast to convince the provincial government to adopt the bill it had recently voted down. The bill ultimately passed in April 2021.
These City of Humboldt Cultural Services events are supported by Culture Days funding from SaskCulture and Sask Lotteries.
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