Indian Springs School – Residential School Walk for Awareness
The MFNERC attended the Residential School Walk for Awareness on June 10th, hosted by Indian Springs School in Swan Lake First Nation.
This annual event is intended to raise awareness for the Kindergarten to Grade 8 students on the issue of residential school and its survivors. Elders, community members and teachers took part in this event. At the end of the walk, Swan Lake Chief Francine Meeches showed incredible leadership by speaking to the students about the history of residential schools and the impacts on families, communities and nations. Her words were powerful in that her presentation was at a level in which the younger students were able to understand. The students were very comfortable as they sat in the middle of the arbor during her address. In the background, buffalo roamed while the elders sat quietly, also listening to Chief Meeches’ speech.
The event ended with a BBQ and a walk back to the school. It was truly an honour for the MFNERC to be present and to witness the incredible strength and resilience Swan Lake educators and leadership impress upon their students in endeavors such as this.