A Virtual Vigil Marking One Year of COVID in Saskatchewan

– Thursday, March 11th – 7:00 pm

 

NOTE:  the YouTube link will be posted on the website at covidvigil.ca. Registration will not be required for YouTube viewers.
We should point out that there will be opportunities for the Zoom participants to interact in the chat room. YouTube participants will only be able to watch and will not appear in the screen shots.


For Immediate Release — February 17, 2021

Saskatchewan Marks One Year of COVID with On-line Vigil 

March 11, 2021 will mark one year since the World Health Organization designated the COVID- 19 virus a global pandemic.

With this in mind, a small group of Saskatchewan citizens of diverse cultures, worldviews, spiritualties, and faiths in Saskatchewan gathered to share in their mutual sense that as a province we need a time when we can gather together in solidarity.

“This vigil is an opportunity for us in Saskatchewan to virtually participate in an event that reminds us we are not alone and we’re going to make it,” said committee chair, Blake Sittler.

Title:              Together in Remembrance, Together in Hope:
A Virtual Vigil Marking One Year of COVID in Saskatchewan

Date:             Thursday, March 11, 2021

Time:             7:00 PM

Where:           Zoom and livestreamed to YouTube

Website:        www.covidvigil.ca

“Over the past year, each of us has experienced varying degrees of loss and isolation,” noted Karla Combres, a Life-Cycle Celebrant. “As much as this pandemic has kept us all physically apart, it has also shown us how connected we are — to each other, to our wider communities, and the world.”

The event will include prayers from various religions, songs from Metis, First Nations and local musicians, and a candle lighting ceremony and a video of what people from Saskatchewan are looking forward to again.

“Covid-19 has hit our Indigenous communities very hard,” shared Lyndon Linklater. “We have lost friends, leaders, acquaintances and family and it is so true that we are all in this together! On March 11, we will join the Vigil to remember and to foster hope. Let’s all do this! Hai, hai, Meegwetch!”

Krishan Kapila, a member of the Hindu community, shared in this hope, “For this event, we are gathered here in solidarity to bereave, pray and promote people to live in harmony as a family.”

Robert White of the Saskatoon Baha’i Community grounded this idea of connection to the provincial motto, “The diverse program aims to bolster our strength at this one-year mark and is in keeping with Saskatchewan’s motto, ‘From Many Peoples Strength'”.

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Several committee members have put their names forward to be interviewed. We hope to get the word out especially to those who we feel need this event.

For more information or to request an interview with some of the committee members, please contact Blake Sittler at (306) 270-5452 or blake@chassk.ca

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