The City of Fort Saskatchewan will set aside some time on Friday night (Sept. 30) to honour Indigenous peoples in the community.
As part of the city’s plans for National Truth and Reconciliation Day, there will be a commemorative film screening at the Shell Theatre. The event will start with a meal at about 6 p.m. before going into a screening of The Forgotten People.
Jessica Weller, the culture and heritage supervisor for the city, says the short film will give the audience an opportunity to reflect on Indigenous history and culture.
“It’s a compilation of interviews with residential school survivors that is produced by the Metis Nation of Alberta,” said Weller.
The screening will be followed by traditional Indigenous dance performances as well as some cultural activities.
Weller says tickets are free and they are hoping for a big turnout.
“We’re hoping to get as many people from our community out to come together to learn a little bit more about reconciliation in our own community and some history as well,” said Weller. “[People] can also spend some time celebrating indigenous culture and traditions.”
Weller added the city is aware that the subject matter surrounding residential schools can be tough for some people. They say that the movie being shown doesn’t contain explicit details of abuse and they welcome people of all ages to join in.
“We do consider it to be a family-friendly event.”
People are encouraged to wear orange.
Grab a ticket for free by visiting the Shell Theater’s website here.