Looking back with retired Okanese First Nation Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier – Global News
January 2, 2023
It was a year of reconciliation in 2022. Global News’ Jeanelle Mandes spoke with retired chief from Okanese First Nation Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier.
Day Walker-Pelletier was given the Order of Canada in 2018. She was acknowledged on Canada Post stamps and recently, she was the Saskatchewan representative for residential school survivors who travelled to Rome last year.
Q: It was a busy year with reconciliation at the forefront of your work. I want to start with the visit from the pope, which resulted in an apology to residential school survivors on Canadian soil. As you reflect on that moment and your involvement in that event, what stands out for you?
A: First of all, the visit to Rome to see the pope was an overwhelming, overwhelming process for me. Because the process that I was engaged in, I was carrying the survivors their pain and suffering and their abuse…it still bothers me because the reflection of the children is unanswered. We will never know.
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