Treaty 2 Territory – On Friday September 30th my family attended the Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Parkland Crossing; an event that FNT2T hosted in partnership with Dauphin Friendship Centre. I was tasked with documenting the event using still photography and helping to haul material and help set up FNT2T’s table at
Treaty 2 Territory – On Friday September 30th my family attended the Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Parkland Crossing; an event that FNT2T hosted in partnership with Dauphin Friendship Centre. I was tasked with documenting the event using still photography and helping to haul material and help set up FNT2T’s table at the event where we would be sharing orange t-shirts with the crowd.
The day started early for us travelling to Dauphin from our place on Lake Manitoba. Our 3 kids slept much of the way – but when we arrived at the office I was sure glad my 2 boys attended with me. Aside from just having them with Mom and Dad they were a tremendous help throughout the day hauling, loading, setting up etc. My little girl (6) was quiet and observant (which is unusual) until the dancing started. She loves to jingle dance and made sure she didn’t miss anything. For a second year in a row my middle son (13) was invited to sit in and play with the drum group. There are photos of him participating and the look on his face says more than I ever could about how honored he feels every time he picks up a drum stick.
My wife jumped in and helped when I threw the drone up to capture some aerial footage. She took over my camera on the ground during most of the dancing part of the program – so all credit to her for capturing what I think are some of the more compelling images taken that day! I see now it could be considered an injustice if I don’t get her her own camera. She is a natural photographer.
After sharing time with the other attendees as well as many stories and messages (also maybe some cake) it was time to pack up and head home. Tired as they were the children asked many questions as we drove home that night. Their questions sometimes revolve around my work at Treaty 2 and our place in the world as a metis family. This particular conversation turned more towards the why’s and how’s of the horrible legacy of colonization. Eventually the talk turned to how we can all work together to make things better for everyone. Together. Throughout the conversation the simple terms they used responding to me again taught me how much our children have to teach us about how we should be with each other.
As the kids settled down in the back seat and the long shadows turned to dusk it wasn’t lost on any of us how lucky we were – just to be together. To have “won the birth lottery” for the place and time we find ourselves in.
There are many hard challenges ahead on the road to truth and reconciliation. Although we can’t get there fast enough at least I can say that I think we have started on that road and judging by the people that turned out at the various events across the country I can say that there are many walking with us!
There are tons of more photos available by clicking on the link below:
Submitted By: Shawn Gurke, GIS Technician/Care & Protection of the Natural World