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Remembering the Children

Aboriginal and Church Leaders’ Tour to stop in Saskatoon Sunday March 9

Toronto: This week the spiritual leaders of the Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches, along with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Assembly of First Nations, will be participating in a multi-city tour to promote the work of the upcoming Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The Remembering the Children tour was launched in Ottawa on Sunday, March 2 and will make stops over the next week in Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. The Protestant church leaders who are travelling to Saskatoon are:

At various times throughout the tour, local Roman Catholic representatives, along with regional Aboriginal leaders, and representatives of both Inuit and Métis groups, will participate in major public events that are being planned in each city by local organizing committees.

In Saskatoon, the Roman Catholic Church will be represented by Keewatin-Le Pas Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie and Saskatoon Bishop Albert LeGatt.

The Saskatoon public event is being hosted by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. It will include a traditional welcome, prayers and songs, a time to speak truth about the past, a time to acknowledge some significant steps on the healing walk, a time to speak of hopes for the future. The event will conclude with a light supper and a round dance.

Guests expected to attend the Saskatoon public event include: Ted Quewezance, Executive Director of the National Residential Schools Survivors Society; Wayne Courchene, Senior Aide to National Chief Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations; Seetal Sungasenior representative of the Office of the Interim Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Warren Mitchelson, MLA for Moose Jaw North; Rt. Rev. Rodney Andrews, Anglican Bishop of Saskatoon; Cam Broten, MLA for Saskatoon Massey Place; Frank Quennell, MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin.

Aboriginal and church leaders will be available to meet with reporters prior to the 3:00 p.m. public event.

News Conference
5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
McLeod Hall
The Western Development Museum
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Public Event
3:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Butler Byers Century Hall
The Western Development Museum,
2610 Lorne Avenue South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

There is no charge for this public event. A donations basket will be available. Pre-registration for members of the public is strongly advised to help plan seating, and is ESSENTIAL if you will be staying for supper. Register by phone (306-653-1633) or email Please note that Space is limited to 350 guests.

For further information about the Aboriginal and Church Leaders’ tour, please visit: .

To arrange media interviews with Church and Aboriginal leaders who are taking part in the Remembering the Children tour, please contact:

Mary-Frances Denis
Communications Officer
The United Church of Canada
416-231-7680 ext. 2016 (office)
1-800-268-3781 ext. 2016 (toll-free)
416-885-7478 (cell)

Karyn Pugliese
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789 ext. 210


For information on Remembering the Children: an Aboriginal and Church Leaders' Tour to Prepare for Truth and Reconciliation, email

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