City of Moose Jaw Statement regarding July 1st Events
MOOSE JAW – At the June 28, 2021 City Council meeting, Council observed a moment of silence in solidarity with Cowessess First Nation. “The City of Moose Jaw supports Cowessess First Nation and the entire Canadian Indigenous Community through these difficult times,” said Mayor Tolmie on behalf of Council.
The City encourages the people of Moose Jaw and area to join in the Standing in Integrity – Canada Day Rally hosted by Our Home on Native Land (an unaffiliated group) at 12:00 noon on July 1, 2021. The rally starts at 220 Main Street North, and the group will walk towards Athabasca Street.
The City will keep the flag lowered and the City Hall Clock Tower shining in orange lights. Further, the Canada Day fireworks will stop at the halfway point and a moment of silence will be observed to remind us of this tragedy.
“We want people to understand the truth of the past and will seek advice from Elders and the entire Indigenous Community to understand what further actions we can take as a City to work towards reconciliation,” said Mayor Tolmie.
The City of Moose Jaw is on Treaty 4 Territory, and residents are urged to move forward with open hearts and minds to understand the truth of the past and work towards reconciliation.
The Indian Residential School Survivors support line is 1-800-721-0066. For 24-hour crisis support, call 1-866-925-4419.