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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.
All Nations Canoe Gathering Finally Here!
The All Nations Canoe Gathering is finally here! Over 50 Canoes arrived at Vanier Park yesterday and this morning, and 800 paddlers and crew are all set for their journey to Science World this morning. We're expecting them to arrive at 10am, with entertainment and cultural performances starting from 9:30am. Keep checking our Facebook page and Twitter account throughout the day for updates and pictures, and make sure to send us some of your own! See you at Science World!
Reconciliation Week: Day 1 - Lighting the Fire of Reconciliation
By Brad Beattie, Reconciliation Canada Team Member
“There is to be no recording of this ceremony, no pictures and no voice recording. "These words have been passed down, and now belong, to these workers who are here today to do this important work, and are not to be taken from them”. It was the Main Speaker who speaker informed the crowd that gathered together on the beach at the sacred Lighting of the Fire ceremony early this morning. The rain faded to a light mist that seemed, to me, an appropriate mystical background for this first event of Reconciliation Week. It was my first experience at such a ceremony and I felt welcomed by the generosity of our hosts; the Squamish, Tsleil-waututh and Musquem Nations.
I have to admit, I balanced feeling fortunate and special to experience this sacred ceremony in person with my desire to share it with every Canadian. I hoped that they too could experience this event that reflected my personal perception of Canadian nationalism; one that is inclusive and multi-cultural.
We have a responsibility. We were challenged by the speaker to go forward and share the ancestors’ message of a new day and a fresh starting point, symbolized by the tide coming in during the sacred event. The heron that sat with us at the ocean side all morning represented our need to be patient, respectful and to listen to what the ancestors have to share with us. They have accumulated their experiences and wisdom over time, and are proud to see their traditions continued today. This morning's ceremony was an offering reflecting this, as well as a request for positive energy and good will for this most important of weeks. I paused and thought more of the residential school survivors that would be such an important part of our journey this week.
Most importantly, the speaker reminded us that we are all one. We need to stop hurting each other. We gathered today with the love of different ancestors which together made us stronger, and made us better.
Reminder: T-Shirt Pick Up
Don't forget to pick up your t-shirts! 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
Please note that any t-shirts ordered after September 10 will ONLY be available for pick up on Saturday 21, 2013 between 9am-4pm.
We will be accepting orders until 5pm on Tuesday, September 17 while quantities last.