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Splatsin’s 150 residential school survivors and victims honoured in Enderby

Sea of orange expected as truth and reconciliation day marked with walk
Former Splatsin Kukpi7 (Chief) Doug Thomas (left), Terry Rysz, former Enderby mayor Greg McCune and former Enderby councillors Brad Case and Roxanne Davyduke took part in the 2022 walk in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

There are 150 known Splatsin members who attended residential schools over the decades.

Of those, 45 remain.

To honour those who survived, and remember those who did not, the First Nations are walking Saturday.

Splatsin invites everyone to the annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also called the Orange Shirt Day, Sept. 30.

“This day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities,” said coordinator Donna Felix. “This honoring is a vital part of reconciliation process.”

Participants will meet at the Enderby Chamber of Commerce building (702 Railway St.) at 10 a.m. and proceed to the Splatsin Community Centre.

Following the walk, there will be an honouring ceremony of the Splatsin survivors, music and lunch will be provided.

Orange Shirts will be available for purchase prior to the walk.

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