Duane Gastant' Aucoin, Vice Presidnet for Queer Yukon Society asked us to share this story.
To honour the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were recently found at a former residential school in BC, Duane helped to organize a memorial in Pembroke, Ontario, where he currently resides. Duane purchased one blue and one pink pair of shoes. When Duane was placing the shoes on the Cathedral steps, he ended up placing the blue and pink shoes together in a pair. Duane said, "I was going to change them until I realised that this was for the 2-spirit children who never made it home!"
To learn more about Duane's story and the memorial he helped organize, please visit:
Duane also made a video you can watch by clicking the button below.
About queer yukon society
Queer Yukon Society supports, promotes, and organizes events for the LGBTQ2S+ community and our allies in Whitehorse, Yukon. Officially incorporated in 2018, Queer Yukon has been organizing Yukon Pride since 2013, as well as many other events to bring together LGBTQ2S+ and allied Yukoners to build a strong and vibrant community.