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Muskeg Lake TRC Survivors and Family Gathering

For the Child Taken, for the Parent Left Behind

Muskeg Lake Cree Nation hosted a residential school survivors and family gathering for its members to help participants understand and deal with the effects of residential schools. This project highlighted and celebrated Muskeg Lake community members’ achievements while creating a platform for healing.

U of S students attended the gathering to represent the Saskatoon Tribal Council art exhibit The Child Taken. Through partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, senior art students created a series of artistic interpretations based on research and first-hand stories from survivors. The artwork intends to depict the multi-generational impacts of the residential school policy on survivors and Canadian society and served a fitting backdrop for the heartfelt honesty and sharing of personal experiences.

A guest lineup of accomplished celebrity guest speakers shared their personal residential school stories and experiences with including: actor Georgina Lightning; filmmaker Deanna Ledoux; musician Dallas Arcand; and numerous local community leaders. Descendants of survivors and a youth panel shared their experiences and hope.

The event also treated guests to a performance by the Northern Prairie Dancers, a well-known square dance and jigging group.

The family gathering is part of a series of reconciliation activities the community is hosting throughout 2014.

Upcoming Activities

March 6-8, 2014                Survivors and family gathering

March 14-16, 2014            Fundraiser hockey tournament

                                          Harold Latrace Arena

March 26-30, 2014            TRC National Event – Edmonton

May                                   Fire Pit and Memorial Park– ground breaking event

                                          Muskeg Lake Cree Nation

June                                   Monument and dedication ceremony

July 3, 2014                       Community pow wow

For more information phone Lorna at  306-220-0328 or email