Don McKay wears blanket
Don McKay wears blanket

Don McKay wears blanket
United Church of Canada Pacific Mountain Region Archives

20 Sept. 2008
Image > Photograph
Creators and Contributors
Doug Goodwin (creator)
Description
Don McKay wears the button blanket as a symbol of being welcomed back to his community.
Curatorial Comment
Wii Haughtkm Skiik (Don McKay) is a survivor of the Residential School in Edmonton. He sued the United Church and the government of Canada for the abuse that he endured during 12 years at Residential School. In 2005, an out-of-court settlement agreement was reached among all the parties. That settlement with Don included compensation and the provision that the United Church would host an apology feast in his house. Representatives of the Church and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada offered apologies on behalf of The United Church of Canada and the Government of Canada. Among those present at the feast were members of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, as well as other survivors of Residential Schools. In addition to the formal apology, the feast included a ceremonial retelling of Don’s story of being taken away to Residential School. The Church presented plaques to the community and gifts to Don, including a blanket symbolizing comfort and healing.

More Information

Commission Object Identifier
38f-c001524-d0046-001
Extent and Medium
923 KB photograph : col.
Notes
Original file name: McKay Feast 08-09 50
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Copyright holder: The United Church of Canada
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