On the 30th June, a rebuilding blessing event took place in the village of Lyton. This multi-denominational blessing event was an opportunity for people to gather to mark the second-year anniversary of the Lytton Creek Fire.
Revd. Angus and Father Darren represented the Anglican Church as a group of around 80 people attended the event site at the Public Works Yard. There, speeches were made, prayers were offered, along with hand drumming from members of local First Nations.
Some attendees brought clean earth and water from their villages to add to the backfill ceremony, and attendees were invited to shovel earth and offer their own prayers. Fr Darren laid earth from Lillooet to show support, and fences were adorned with artwork from the local school.
After the ceremony, attendees returned to the Parish Hall to share lunch. It was a time of reflection and sorrow but also one of hope as people came together to share stories and experiences.