Remembering the Children
35 people gathered at the Memorial that honours the children buried at the Red Deer Cemetery during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. Many children were forced by the government to attend The Red Deer Indian Industrial School which opereated from 1893 to 1919. The school was built by the government with poor heating and saniation and limited resources. The children were forced to leave their families and suppress their language and culture. Many died.
Speakers included Lyle Keewatin Richards, Richard Lighting, Acting Mayor and historian Michael Dawe and Ross Smillie Minister at Sunnybrook United Church
"We remember the children and resolve to do better in the future"