Moose Cree First Nation is not celebrating Canada Day again this year

The Moose Cree First Nation (MCFN) band council has declared July 1, 2022, an official Day of Mourning for the second consecutive year. Chief Mervin Cheechoo is calling on Moose Factory and Moosonee residents to also use the day to engage in acts of remembrance to honour the lives lost through residential schools. Last year, the discovery of unmarked graves at former residential school sites across Canada sparked calls to ‘cancel’ Canada Day celebrations. “Over the past year these sad discoveries continued to be made at the grounds of many former residential schools across Canada, and will likely continue to be made in the months ahead,’’ said Cheechoo in a statement. These incidents, the chief said, are still having a ‘triggering effect’ on many people, especially survivors and inter-generational survivors….

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