Landmark truth and reconciliation event involved retired NHL Indigenous superstar Reggie Leach – Sault This Week

Oct 12, 2021

It was a history making junior hockey event at Dryden Memorial Arena in northwestern Ontario. And it was worth lifetimes of wait.

To be sure, it was no ordinary regular season contest as the Dryden Ice Dogs faced off against the visiting Thunder Bay North Stars in Superior International Jr. Hockey League action — and at the same time hosted a landmark Truth and Reconciliation game.

The junior hockey game was played in conjunction with Canada’s first ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30.

The new federal holiday honours victims and survivors of Canada’s residential schools, which sought to forcefully assimilate indigenous children. The discovery of hundreds of unmarked burial sites of students earlier this year sparked national outrage.

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