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Vigil to Celebrate the Life of Barbara Kentner

Published: August 30, 2017

Margorie McCrea addresses those gathered at the Vigil to Celebrate the Life of Barbara Kentner at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre on Aug. 21. The event, originally scheduled for Centennial Park but was moved inside due to weater, attracted around 20 individuals.

Speakers included McCrea who told those gathered the purpose of the event was to honour Barbara and address racism.

“When I first heard about the incident I was just overwhelmed by anger. I couldn’t believe that that would happen. She was just a young, indigenous woman walking home…Because this was a racist attack I also want to make it really loud and clear statement that in this time we can’t help racism, we can’t let it go on.”

In January Kentner was struck by a trailer hitch that was thrown from a vehicle in Thunder Bay.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate individual differences,” said Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Coordinator Mollie Isaac last week while also addressing the crowd.

“Crimes of hate are not only targeted at native people but other groups of people. With so many other ethnic groups moving into Red Lake we must stand up for each other. After all we are the human race.”

Photo by Jennifer Parsons

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