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Thursday, 20 October 2011 08:07

ONEHEART Day celebration set for Oct. 22 in Cardston

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By Susan Quinlan
The Shinah House Foundation will host ONEHEART Day Oct. 22, a celebration organized by area youth.

“ONEHEART day will be filled with entertainment, learning, awareness and honour. May it also be a night to mark a new beginning, one with a new spirit of understanding, appreciation and inclusion within our communities,” said Sharon Unger, director of the Shinah House Foundation.

“There have been many instances throughout history when people have come together despite differing culture and backgrounds, to build something for a greater future. Whole cities have had their foundations dug by the hands of neighbours, and walls have been raised when strangers cooperate. This Saturday… people are coming together — only this time, the walls are coming down,” said Mackenzie Millward, One Heart Youth Founding Committee.

The entire event from early planning through to setting up the last chair, has been directed by youth, said Unger.

“The youth of the Blood Reserve and Cardston areas saw a need for change in their communities. They also saw those that were bringing about that change.”

At 6:30 p.m., Cardston High School will host Voices for All, the Shinah House Bridge Awards.

“The night will showcase the music, drama and dance of inspiring youth leaders, as they honour individuals, groups and organizations with hearts of courage, social inclusion and civic engagement.”

Among those honoured will be Alonna Leavitt and the Carriage House Theatre, Mayor Rick Schow and the Town of Cardston, Jerry First Charger and the Soaring Eagles, and many others including more than 50 children and youth for their contributions over the past three years.

In addition, Joshua Scout-Bastien will receive a youth award for having written and directed the play, A Tribute to Highway of Tears.

The play, which is about First Nations women disappearing in this country, will be performed by the Pretty Moon Theatre Group at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 22, at the Cardston Carriage House.

“This play is raw, based on true experiences and definitely more for adult consideration. Youth over 16 are welcome to attend if accompanied by an adult. This part of ONEHEART day is about awareness, human rights and seeing people as people.”

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