City of St Albert cancels Canada Day fireworks at site of former residential school

“The City of St. Albert encourages residents to spend this Canada Day considering both the opportunities and freedoms afforded to many within our country as well as the tragic history that our nation’s story has been built upon,”

 

 

Out of respect for survivors of the residential school system, The City of St Albert has cancelled this year's Canada Day Fireworks.

In a news release last week, The City of St. Albert said that Mission Hill, where the July 1 display was planned, is the site of the former Youville Residential School and that it “likely” contains unmarked graves of former students.

The release notes that the city wasn’t able to find another suitable location in time that met the technical and safety requirements for a fireworks display.

Virtual July 1 activities will take place throughout the day with a pre-taped online concert featuring St. Albert’s Dan Davidson, River Poets , Kym Simon and George Canyon.

Fort Saskatchewan, Devon, Leduc, Beaumont, Strathcona County, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove and St. Albert have pitched in to organize and share a single digital celebration.  The revamped festivities highlight Canadian history, our can-do spirit, talent and creativity.

Throughout the day, families can download a digital book packed with 17 Canadian-themed activities and crafts. Check out instructions on how to fabricate a mini-drum, build an edible Inukshuk, plan a scavenger hunt or watch a rocket launch.

Organizers are also encouraging residents to get creative and post a Canada Day photo or make a video and tag it with #T8NTogether or join in national celebrations at #CelebrateTogether.

For a complete list of events and activities, visit the City of St. Albert website at stalbert.ca/rec/community/events/canada/

 

As for Edmonton’s Canada Day fireworks, the city says it’s planning on making the display higher to allow viewing from more places. Details on Canada Day will be announced next week.

 

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