September 24th, 2013

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.

Media Corner 

In Vancouver, tens of thousands walk for sovereignty and justice for First Nations. It was an exceptional week in Vancouver for First Nations rights., Roger Annis, September 23rd, 2013

Thousands brave rain to show support for residential school survivors - 70,000 people turned out in the rain for Sunday’s Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun, September 23, 2013 (with video)

Photo gallery: Reconciliation Week wraps up with Vancouver walk, Yolande Cole, September 23, 2013

Thousands walk for reconciliation in Vancouver, CBC, September 22, 2013 (with photos and videos)

Truth and Reconciliation walk turnout amazes organizers, as an estimated 70,000 brave downpour in Vancouver, Sarah Taguiam, The Province, Septemer 23, 2013

Residential school reconciliation walks draws thousands in Vancouver, Ottawa Citizen, September 22, 2013

Reconciliation Walk, Global TV, September 22, 2013

Walk for Reconciliation draws thousands in Vancouver, Yolande Cole, Georgia Straight, September 22, 2013

Reconciliation Canada Volunteers captured some stories from the streets!

Walk for Reconciliation, September 22,2013

It seemed a little crazy. It was a wet, cold Sunday morning, but for many Vancouverites, the Walk for Reconciliation was an event not to be missed. Many spoke of the important role the Walk for Reconciliation played in their lives. 

 “It means a possibility and a hope of a new beginning…it means my people, the settler people, listening to the stories of indigenous people, it means indigenous people reclaiming what settler people denied them for so long,” explained Michael Batten, an Anglican priest from East Vancouver. He hoped to express his deep support of the cause of healing and reconciliation. 

 “I’ve been here [Canada] three weeks,” said Kitty, an exchange student from China. “I went to the TRC the other day and I’m just interested in this history and how Canadian people treat this history.” For many, the presence of Rev Dr Berenice King played a key role in attracting them to the event, but they stayed to watch the performances and soak up the atmosphere. 

For Aboriginal youth, participation meant honouring their traditions and the Survivors in their communities. 

“Truth and Reconciliation…I wanted to witness this,” Matthew Ambers, of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation. As the two ends of the Walk seemed to stream endlessly past each other on the Viaduct, participants waved and called to one another as the rain stopped long enough for many to take photos and videos of their fellow walkers. 

Len Dennis, a Survivor from Port Alberni, BC, called for more honesty and clarity in the history of the residential schools. He said that he was there with lots of his friends and family. When I asked him how the huge crowds who had turned out for the Walk of Reconciliation made him feel, he had a simple answer.“Good. Very good.” 

And the stories kept coming - click here to read more.

A New Way Forward has begun 

Reconciliation Canada events and initiatives 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. Simply click the “Donate to us” button so that we can continue to support engaging Canadians along this journey of reconciliation.

History has been made

It is just a couple of days after tens of thousands of people braved the weather to participate in the Walk for Reconciliation – A New Way Forward and people are saying, “You must be exhausted!” We can tell you that we’ve never been more energized about Reconciliation Canada’s vision. 

On Sunday, the crowds and crowds of people took a significant step forward on the journey of reconciliation and that physical act symbolized their passion to revitalize the relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians. Take a look at our events media archive and you will see that our vision of promoting reconciliation by engaging Canadians in dialogue is being realized.  

 Are we tired? No. All of you have inspired and energized us more than you know. 

 A New Way Forward has just begun, 

Chief Robert Joseph & Karen Joseph

What a day! So many great visuals.

Here's a video we created in celebration of the Walk for Reconciliation.  

Click play to watch some highlights from this day:

Visit our Facebook Page to see the many fantastic pictures and messages people are sharing.  Here are just a few:

Photography by:  Photographie Lumineuse

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