Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation's (PCRC) indigenous coordinators are advocating for public education regarding Orange Shirt Day (The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.)
Indigenous coordinator Cornell Pashe and assistant coordinator Jacinda Houle stopped by PortageOnline earlier this week to discuss the week of healing.
"For us, it's about education when it comes to national reconciliation," says Pashe.
Pashe shares that the PCRC has planned a walk for 10 a.m. Friday morning from City Hall to the National Indigenous Residential School Museum of Canada in Keeshkeemaquah for Orange Shirt Day.
Houle expresses her hope that the public will take the time to learn about the history of residential schools during the day of reconciliation.
"This is something that hits really close to home because I come from a family of residential school survivors, and it's important that we acknowledge the day."
Pashe notes that it is nice to see Portage be accommodating to learning the stories of Indigenous history that made-up Portage la Prairie, and it's encouraging that the PCRC is able to provide that kind of public education.