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
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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:
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