There is a cry deep within the heart of our nation.
The cry has echoed throughout many generations.
It is a cry for healing, for peace, for restoration.
The time is now for true reconciliation.
Since 2007, Rising Above has worked with Indigenous People from countless Nations across the province of Alberta. We have seen the affects of the countless atrocities inflicted upon the people of this land and our hearts grieve with every announcement of unmarked graves discovered. The discovery of these unmarked graves shed light on the many injustices done to Indigenous People since first contact. We see daily the generational effects residential schools have had on Indigenous Peoples. Faith based and government organizations played a role in this lasting trauma that left so many families and individuals broken.
Reconciliation starts when everyday people ask themselves “how can I make a difference?” On Wednesday, August 11th at 7pm at the Muskoseepi Park Amphitheatre, Rising Above is inviting Indigenous communities, the faith community, and the general public to attend an event that is long overdue: Standing with the Nations: Rising Above’s Response to Indigenous Injustice. This is the first step to reconciliation by one, acknowledging the injustices Indigenous People have suffered and two, the beginnings of a path forward to healing, restoration, and peace together. Rising Above will have 2 Indigenous women share their stories of intergenerational trauma and what their road to peace has looked like. During the event, an emotional support worker from Native Counselling Services will be available to support those who need someone to talk to as well as representatives from Rising Above Ministry and Pastor Brent and Priscilla Badger from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation.
This is a free public event for those who wish to attend. Since there's no seating at Muskoseepi Park's Amphitheatre, we are asking that people please bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.
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