Transition of the Awen' Memorial

June 11, 2021
Memorial baskets

At the conclusion of the 215 hours (9 days), in honour of the unmarked graves discovered at a Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory, flags on Town property were re-raised from half mast, but the feelings of sorrow remain.
 
The memorial located at the Awen’ Gathering Place including flowers and items left by the community have been carefully removed. The 215+ flowers have been set adrift on Georgian Bay in further recognition of the lives lost.
 
The items left by the community are being prepared to be sealed in a ‘capsule’ and returned to the Awen’ Gathering Place. Each of the bench installations at the Gathering Place carries the name of one of the Niizhwaaswi Gmishoomsinaan Kinoomaagewinan (Seven Grandfather Teachings). The capsule will be placed within the bench dedicated to the teaching of Debwewin (Truth). Within this space, and in others, we will carry forward the stories and Teachings from our collective past in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation.

We are grateful for the care and contributions of Jillian Morris, a Kanienʼkehá꞉ka woman, band member of the Six Nation's of the Grand River Territory, member of the Unity Collective, and Collingwood resident, who has continued to support staff as we transition the memorial to a new shared story.