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A Bright Day for Community: Celebrating the 215+ Memorial Garden at the IWRS Fall Festival

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Yesterday marked a significant moment in our community as we came together to celebrate the Fall Festival and the grand opening of the 215+ Memorial Garden in Beaconsfield Park. This sacred space is dedicated to survivors and is a place for reflection, ceremony, and community-building. The garden honours Residential School survivors, as well as survivors of the 60's Scoop, the Opioid Crisis, and families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.


The event was a vibrant gathering, filled with music, entertainment, vendors, and a prize raffle. The bright, sunny day was the perfect backdrop for our festivities. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the remarkable performers who came to our event, including JB First Lady, Sandy Scofield, and the Indigenous Women Rise drum group. Thank you as well to Suzette Amaya for being our MC and to DJ Stan Amaya for supporting sound for this event. Your talents and contributions were so special, and we are truly grateful for your presence.


We also want to express our deep appreciation to all the volunteers who dedicated their time and materials to make this event and the 215+ Memorial Garden a reality. It is through your collective efforts that we can create a space that brings together our community and honours the resilience of survivors.


As we move forward, the 215+ Memorial Garden stands as a symbol of remembrance and unity. We can’t wait to see all that our beautiful garden will bring to our community.


In Unity,

IWRS



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