Sagamok Anishinawbek observes Ensa bezhik binoojiinh kchi twaawendaagzi Giizhgat – Every One Child is Very Sacred Day – Anishinabek News

October 14, 2021

SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK— The Grandmothers and Aunties in Sagamok Anishnwabek First Nation were asked by the youth in their community what would be a good name, perhaps a better name, for the day remembering children, especially those who attended Indian Residential Schools. Sept. 30 was proclaimed National Truth and Reconciliation Day by the federal government and is now recognized as a national holiday by Canada, which also falls on Orange Shirt Day. Following the proclamation by the federal government, the Youth Council in Sagamok decided there was an urgent need to come up with another name for this day of remembrance to honour all children.

Following a dialogue between the Sagamok Youth Council and the Grandmothers and Aunties, Sept. 30 will now be known in Sagamok as Ensa bezhik binoojiinh kchi twaawendaagzi Giizhgat, translated into English meaning, “Every One Child is Very Sacred Day”.

“This is a name that has come from our Grandmas and Aunties for us to call September 30, and remember together this year and each year to come,” stated Robert Porter, Sagamok spokesperson. “While Canadians are observing September 30 as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in Sagamok, we will use the date to remember all our children who attended Indian Residential Schools, especially those who never returned home.”

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