Native Americans gather on Alki Promenade to honor children who died
By Patrick Robinson
Over the past month 1,148 unmarked graves of children from indigenous people have been found at the sites of three former residential schools in Canada. Some of remains are believed to be of children as young as three.
Across that nation and on Thursday July 1, Native Americans and others gathered on the Alki Promenade to remember, mourn, call attention to, and honor all those lost.
Led by Roxanne White & Ixtli’s Whitehawk and their Ceremony family, speakers took the microphone to sing, lead other voices in song, offer stories, poems and testimony about their own feelings and experiences throughout the event.
White is an organizer and social justice advocate who has dedicated her work to Indian Country. She is Nez Perce, Yakama, Nooksack, and A’aninin (Gros Ventre.) She is recognized nationally for her work on issues related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and for her work with MMIP families and communities seeking justice and healing. She is also known her work on human trafficking in Native communities.
The crowd, many of whom wore orange to honor those lost, gathered at the water's edge where luminaria representing the children were lit and carnations were thrown in the water.
Paper lanterns were lit and set aloft.
Such a beautiful tribute to the tragically lost children.
Hello Kimberly thank you very much for showing up and covering our community gathering at Alki for our First Nations Ancestors being found every day over in Canada at the Residential Schools. The world needs to learn our true history. The world needs to learn the truth about the Holocaust & Genocide on Indigenous People. I appreciate you very much. With that being said can you please change the intro to Roxanne White & Ixtli’s Whitehawk and their Ceremony family. All the other information is correct. Thank you very much my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
this is sad for the little ones.
But also someone is burning down old wooden Christian churches in Canada
this is not the way to peace
Thank you for your show of such compassion and caring...it means much!
Agree with you...that is NOT the way to peace.
We do not know if the children died of chlorea, small pox or other other causes. This is not genocide, but the Church wanted to give the children an education in these poor areas.
These schools continued until 1997, perhaps someone can shed light on what happened,. The children were buried because that is one of the corporal works of mercy.
We need to sow seeds of love and understanding, not seeds of blame and hate