September 11th, 2013

A Message from Chief Joseph

In the blink of an eye we, together, will have arrived at a historical crossroad. In a few short days the Week of Reconciliation here in Vancouver will have arrived. As eagles fly, my spirit soars, and I hope it is the same for all of you. A dream is about to start and you and I, we are the dreamers. In my lifetime (74 years) I have witnessed the ‘wonder of it all’. That wonder never ends and some dreams never die. Let’s keep this one alive.

Chief Joseph
Reconciliation Canada Ambassador

Be a part of history. 

It’s happening here. 

It’s happening now.


For all people in Canada, the benefits of a social movement that bridges generations and cultures for a new way forward are profound and lasting. We’re talking about peace and a shared understanding.


This is just the beginning. Let’s create something powerful.

Experience Reconciliation Week:

Mon, Sept. 16 - Lighting the Fire of Reconciliation

Tues, Sept. 17 - All Nations Canoe Gathering

Wed-Sat, Sept. 18-21 - TRC National Event

Sun, Sept 22 - Walk for Reconciliation

T-Shirt Pick Up

In order to pick up your individual t-shirts, please visit the Reconciliation Canada t-shirt booth at the PNE during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's BC National Events. Our t-shirt booth will be open as follows:

  Thursday, September 19 from 4pm to 8pm

  Friday, September 20 from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm

  Saturday, September 21 from 9am to 4pm

T-Shirt Deadline Extended!

Back by popular demand, Reconciliation Canada t-shirts are now available for purchase here.  Please note that any t-shirts ordered from today onwards will ONLY be available for pick up at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) on September 21, 2013 between 9am-4pm.  We are accepting orders until 5pm on Tuesday, September 17, while quantities last.  

Media Corner 

Pride and Reconciliation Buoy Canoe Ceremony - by Cheryl Rossi, Vancouver Courier

Reconciliation Week Envisions ‘New Way Forward’ – by David P. Ball, The Tyee

Social Media Resources

Help us spread the word!  With just one more week left to heighten awareness and invite all to participate in Reconciliation Week, we have developed some quick and easy social media tools for you to use. To download a Social Media Tip Sheet along with other tools, click here.  

Looking for promotional materials? Look no further. Click here.

We have great tools in place such as:

-  Backgrounders
-  Posters
-  Logos and Graphics

-  ...and more!

An Easy Way to Donate

Our events and initiatives this year engage people from every part of Canadian society in an open and honest conversation about our diverse histories and experiences in order to build vibrant, resilient, sustainable communities. To reach our goals, we rely on generous donations from people like you. Donating just got easier. Please consider visiting any Vancity branch near you and talking to their tellers about making a donation to support engaging Canadians in reconciliation.

Local Community School Models Reconciliation

Norgate Elementary School is a multicultural school that demonstrates true community leadership for children and youth.  They are going the extra mile with incorporating reconciliation into their teachings and making it meaningful for our younger generation. Norgate speaks of reconciliation as a way to “fill the buckets” of others with kindness, courage and support.  With this in mind, a ceremony was held yesterday with members of the Squamish Nation leadership to bless the 600 tiles that were decorated by the children of Norgate.  For more information about the Tiles Project, click here.

Karen Joseph, Executive Director of Reconciliation Canada, and her daughter Sadie at the tile blessing ceremony of Norgate Elementary School

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Releases Program for British Columbia National Event

The final program for the TRC’s British Columbia National Event is available for downloading at today. The event takes place during Reconciliation Week from Wednesday, September 18 to Saturday, September 21 at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver.

The program features a complete “Schedule at a Glance” for all activities taking place as well as a section called “About the Program”, which gives a thumbnail sketch of all of the workshops, sharing panels and circles, discussion groups and special events such as a free concert at the Pacific Coliseum on Thursday, September 19.   

Group Bus Information

For groups traveling to the Walk for Reconciliation by private bus, there will be a drop off area in the Easypark Parking lot at 688 Cambie. Cambie will be accessible by Dunsmuir only that morning. There are a limited number of bus stalls, so please unload as quickly as possible. Drop off is available between 8:00am and 10:00 am only.

You must display a placard indicating you are dropping off for the Walk for Reconciliation. Please email us at and let us know what organization or group you belong to, the contact person and phone number and what time you plan on arriving at the parking lot. We will email you the placard to print off and display. 

After drop off, buses can proceed to Easypark lot 15  at 595 West 6th Avenue. You are only required to purchase one parking ticket for $12. In this lot, park across 5 regular stalls and please park appropriately to maximize space. 

Walk Team Profile:  St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church 

One of the first Walk Teams to jump onboard and register for the Walk for Reconciliation was St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church! We did an interview with their Team Leader Michelle Henry to gain some insight on their participation.

What does reconciliation mean to your team?

We embrace the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s definition of reconciliation as “an ongoing individual and collective process” that requires participation from all Canadians. We are just beginning this process today. We appreciate that reconciliation is a long-term goal that will take multiple generations to achieve. Our hope is that tens of thousands of people walking in solidarity with the survivors and former students of residential schools will help to raise awareness and educate the Canadian public about our shared history.

Volunteer Orientation Happening Now!

We kicked off the volunteer orientations last night and it was wonderful to meet everyone in person. The volunteers were looking snazzy in their new Reconciliation Canada t-shirts!  Orientations are taking place throughout this week for all Reconciliation Canada event volunteers.  If you are a volunteer and have not yet signed up for a session, please visit our volunteer orientation page.  We still have volunteer openings available for the Walk so if you can spare 4 hours on September 22, sign up today.

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