The Calgary-based Colouring It Forward Reconciliation Society is pleased to present the third annual Pokaiks (pookehks) – The Children: Orange Shirt Day Walk. This free event will be held in downtown Calgary on September 25, 2021, and will feature a walk down Stephen Ave to Olympic Plaza to honour and stand in solidarity with survivors and victims of the residential school system. The walk will begin at 10 am at 3rd Street and 8th Ave SW and will be followed by performances, traditional dancing, remarks from members of the Indigenous community, and a headline performance from Juno award winner Celeigh Cardinal, from 11 am to 3 pm at Olympic Plaza.

Olympic Plaza Schedule:

Speakers, Presenters, and Performers, 11 am

o Autumn Eagle Speaker and Dwight Farahat, Emcees
o Elder Dr. Clarence Wolfleg
o Garret Smith, Speaker
o Seth and Zach Helfenbaum, Youth Speakers
o Elder Bruce Starlight

o Celeigh Cardinal, Juno Award Winner 2020
o Nicole Acuna, Metis Jiggers
o Hail Storm (Graham Rowan)
o Library Charlie (Puppet) and Henri
o Women of Songs – Singing group
o Argintina Hailey-Lawrence – Drag Queen
o Jax Running Rabbit – Youth Musician
o Sophia Eaglehead Baptiste
o DerRic Starlight – Indigenous Puppets

There will be a closing ceremony at 3 pm.

Orange Shirt Day Walk and Performances:

When: September 25, 2021
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB