This Friday, Cochranites are invited to take part in a reconciliation walk for Every Child Matters, marking the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Taking place just west of town at the McDougall Stoney Memorial Church along Highway 1A, the walk will take participants along a closed-down section of the road to the Morley United Church.
Last year, nearly 200 people participated in the ceremony and walk, and event organizer Eve Powder is hopeful for an even bigger turnout this year." I was very amazed by everything last year, I have a feeling it's gonna be a really, really big turnout."
"Everyone is more than welcome to come, promote and support because I would like to see the support from our neighbouring communities"
The day is set to begin with a pipe ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by a ceremony featuring stories and prayers from residential school survivors. The walk is set to begin at 11 a.m.
"Following the walk, we will be having a mini Pow Wow, some demos, dances to demonstrate and we will also be having games as well."
Participants are encouraged to wear orange and bring cash to participate in a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds from the draw will go on to fund the organization of the event in 2023.
COLT will be on hand to provide free transport from the Stoney Tribal Hockey Arena in Morley to McDougall Stoney Memorial Church. Carpooling is encouraged and BGC of Cochrane and Area will be providing a free shuttle from their Fifth Ave location. Spaces are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.