A march to raise awareness of Canada’s legacy of residential schools will take place on National Indigenous Peoples Day in Prince George.
Called the Every Child Matters march, it will begin at 10 a.m. at the Exploration Place where participants will walk around the block drumming, singing, and carrying signs.
Organizers are encouraging participants to wear orange and create signs and banners that show support for Indigenous peoples.
The march will culminate at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park where an open drum circle in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day will take place.
Organized by Wesley Mitchell of the UNHBC drum group, the event will include an opening prayer by Lheildi T’enneh Elder Darlene McIntosh and an opening speech by Chief Dolleen Logan.
UHNBC drummers and Wet’suwet’en drummers will be performing and Elders are scheduled to speak every hour on the hour at the Kiwanis Bowl.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and participants will be required to follow COVID-19 protocols including wearing masks and practicing social distancing.