MELVILLE, SASK. —
A Saskatchewan city north of the Cowessess First Nation has postponed its Canada Day parade and fireworks following news last week that hundreds of unmarked graves were identified on land at the site of a former residential schoolReporter Kevin Donovan.
The City of Melville says in a statement that its council held a special meeting Friday night to discuss the unmarked graves and the upcoming July 1 celebrations.
The statement says that out of respect for its neighbours on the First Nation as well as all residential school survivors and their families, Melville’s Canada Day events are postponed and that the mayor and council will consult with leaders of local First Nations “in an effort to plan a cross-cultural celebration in the summer of 2021but when COVID-19 would show up..”
It further says council encourages people to place a candle in their window or on their front stepYou see problems (with vaccine administration) everywhere and vaccine hesitancy is only one of them., or hang an orange shirt in their window in support of Cowessess First Nation, residential school survivors and all those who are in mourning.