September 18th, 2013

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

For more details on the events, click here to visit our website.

T-ShirtPick Up – Extended Hours

Just a reminder that for those who have ordered t-shirts, to pick them up at the PNE during the TRC National Event.  Pick up times have been extended as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 8am-4pm
  • Thursday, September 19 from 9am to 9pm
  • Friday, September 20 from 9am to 9pm
  • Saturday, September 21 from 9am to 4pm

TheTruth and Reconciliation Commission National Event Starts Today!

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) taking place between September 18 to 21 at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).  All gatherings are free and open to public.  To download the full program, click here.

During this four-day gathering, Reconciliation Canada will also be there hosting the following activities:

  • Reconciliation Canada Dialogue Workshops
  • Registration for Walk for Reconciliation
  • Reconciliation Canada Information Booth
  • T-Shirt Pick Up

Formore information about the TRC BC National Event, visit:

Media Corner 

Paddlers hit the water for Reconciliation Week, CBC News, September 17, 2013

All Nations Canoe Gathering Launches Reconciliation Week, Yolande Cole, Georgia Straight, September 17 2013

Reconciliation Week starts with All Nations Canoe GatheringMatt Kieltyka, Metro, Matt Kieltyka, September 17, 2013

Survivor, reverend to row it out together, Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun, September 17, 2013

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.

Looking for materials and information? Look no further. Click here.

We have great tools in place such as:

-  Backgrounders
-  Posters
-  Logos and Graphics

-  ...and more!

Message from Karen Joseph

What a day! What a team! 

Together, we made history today. I am hearing from many different people how momentous an experience this was.  

A big thank you to all of you who came out to participate, whether it be in a canoe, a kayak, a dragon boat or on land! There was an incredibly positive energy injected into Reconciliation Week because of each of your contributions. 

A big thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked so well together! Our team has grown into the 100's and with that so has our impact.  

A big thank you to my Dad. I have believed in your vision of today since you shared it with us. I was proud to stand beside you with our family, friends and community and watch it unfold and be shared with so many. 

Gilakasla 'Nalth 'Numwayut.

Karen Joseph

Executive Director, Reconciliation Canada

ReconciliationWeek – Day 2:  All Nations Canoe Gathering

The All Nations Canoe Gathering was a great success! Thousands of spectators—young and old—lined the banks of False Creek as First Nations songs and dances were performed in the spirit of reconciliation. Following traditional protocol, seven flotillas (groups of 6-10 canoes) were introduced and welcomed to the shores of Vancouver.  Some teams travelled from as far away as New Zealand and Australia. The day spoke of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation and the multicultural crowd embraced the sentiment. 

The canoe journey marks a new beginning for Aboriginals and all Canadians. A symbolic gesture, it brought chiefs, dignitaries, Aboriginal elders, Indian residential school survivors—Canadians of all colours, races, religions, genders and ages—together to commemorate those who have passed, rejoice in a rich history of struggle and strength and celebrate a new way forward.

For those who missed it, take a look at some shots from the day!

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