Regina Monument Ignites Reconciliation, Commemorates Indian Residential School Suffering


For the past month, the city of Regina has been swept up in the profound sentiment caused by a truly poignant installation – a monument with piercing relevance and stirring significance. The monument serves as an enduring reminder of the untold thousands of children who suffered as students within the Indian residential school system (IRSS).

The 18-foot tall monument, weighed down by its 7000-pound mass and heavy implications of historical wrongs both, has completely transformed the perspective of visitors such as Tracey Dunnigan. Dunnigan has invested a considerable period of time in understanding the monument and interacting with its array of visitors, stating that the experiences shared by IRSS survivors, 60’s scoop survivors, and elders, all of whom visited, deeply touched her.

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Renowned master carver, Stan Hunt, resident of Fort Rupert, B.C., is the man behind the monumental symbol of remembrance. His noteworthy creation, besides towering over the surroundings, holds the indelible weight of numerous stories and shared experiences. Its imposing figure has graced the front lawn of the RCMP Depot Division since the ninth of September.

The monument has drawn in almost 4,000 onlookers, hailing from diverse demographics. Schools within and around Regina have been particularly drawn towards its imposing yet enlightening presence. According to Dunnigan, the monument is much more than just a commemorative structure; it’s a stepping stone towards much-needed reconciliation. The RCMP are consonantly involved in developing the next phase of enlightening and educational initiatives.

As the saying goes, ‘with knowledge comes responsibility’; once the truth of history is known and understood, action becomes inevitable. This monument, tantamount to a piece of this ‘action’, symbolizes the commencement of a critical process, the process of reconciliation and understanding.

However, as all good things must come to an end, so too will Regina’s time with this monument, which is scheduled to be relocated on Tuesday, October 10. Its final destination will be the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, a fitting location that will serve as its perpetual home. While the monument might physically leave Regina, its impact and the conversations it has sparked will undoubtedly persist, serving as a continual reminder of a troubled past and the necessary steps towards its resolution.