Vancouver’s Walk for Reconciliation Continues to Inspire Action One Year Later
The City of Vancouver is to proclaim the week of September 22, 2014 “Reconciliation Week”, marking one year since 70,000 people braved the heavy rain to join the Walk for Reconciliation. The proclamation demonstrates a continued commitment by the City to build new relationships among Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians, as well as to further support the initiatives of Reconciliation Canada.
This Fall promises the launch of many new reconciliation initiatives within the city, including events hosted by Vancity Credit Union and Aboriginal Tourism BC. The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) will also host a full-day session at its annual Convention to explore reconciliation and local government-First Nation relationshipbuilding. This event follows on a resolution endorsed by UBCM at its 2013 Convention calling for a year of reconciliation with First Nations in British Columbia.
The Community Action Toolkit is intended to provide you with some guidelines and ideas on how to start the reconciliation conversation within your own circles of influence. We invite individuals, neighbours and community groups, businesses, government and other organizations to join us and to contribute to this important conversation.
Click here to find details on how to take action at home, in your community and in your workplace.
We look forward to hearing and sharing positive stories from the community on taking reconciliation action.
Kitchen Table Dialogue Guide:
An opportunity to gather friends, family, neighbours and/colleagues to join the dialogue on reconciliation.
"My vision for reconciliation is a country where we are able to function like a community where nobody is discriminated against, no matter what their background. We need a community where our thoughts, opinions and stories are able to freely be shared to create a more cohesive environment."
"I see people with family trees reaching deep into this land and those with roots in countries around the world sharing a deep commitment to unity. A united people that embrace and celebrate, not just tolerates their diversity. United in their respective walking upon this earth, honouring the life that the earth gives, humble before it's humility and strength and fearful of the power they have to spoil the water, air and land."
"History should not simply be taught as something that has passed; its effects on today's generations and the relationship between people should be discussed, understood, and reflected on. Only then can truly strong relationships and equality be achieved"
We continue to be inspired by your commitment to reconciliation. Continue the journey and share your vision for reconciliation here.
Reconciliation Begins with Me: Featured Stories
September 22nd marks one year since 70,000 people braved the pouring rain to join the Walk for Reconciliation. As part of the celebrations, Reconciliation Canada is highlighting individuals and organizations that have made transformational change within their communities through reconciliation initiatives.
Zachary Mullin, Grade 6 Student, Queen Elizabeth Elementary, learned some important life lessons while conducting research for a Heritage Fair project. Zachary had the opportunity to meet both Chief Robert Joseph and Robbie Waisman, a Holocaust survivor. He found both their characters and approach to reconciliation particularly inspiring.
Beau Dick is a renowned Kwakwaka'wakw carver. Beau performed the copper breaking ceremony in front of the British Columbia Parliament Building in Victoria and Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa “to bring attention to the social injustices and the attack on mother earth”.
Jennette Stark, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Presbytery Representative, propelled the “Tiles Project” into over 50 Vancouver elementary schools, reaching thousands of school-aged children who collectively decorated more than 23,000 tiles.
Linda Morris, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Member and Community Engagement at Vancity (Vancouver City Savings Credit Union), and her team became instrumental in making Vancity Credit Union a founding partner of Reconciliation Canada.
Tara Ney, Municipal Councillor in Oak Bay & Associate Professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Public Administration, attended a Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop in Victoria in January 2014. Inspired to take action at the end of this workshop, Tara committed to advancing Aboriginal Art as a pillar of reconciliation in her Oak Bay community.
Arlene Strom, Vice President, Sustainability and Communications at Suncor Energy Inc., attended a Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop in Fort McMurrary, Alberta, in June 2014. She pledged to share her insights and what she had learned with her colleagues at Suncor and with people in her community.
Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning is the former Executive Director of the World Sikh Organization of Canada, a non-profit organization that promotes and advocates for the protection of human rights for all Canadians, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity and social and economic status. Click here to view Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning's story.
Andrea Reimer has been a catalyst in the historical initiatives and actions that the City of Vancouver has undertaken to advance Reconciliation.
For Lillian Howard, reconciliation has both a personal and professional meaning. As a residential school survivor and Co-Chair of the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee (UAPAC), for Howard, reconciliation has been a long journey.
Mark Winston believes that building relationships is the first piece in creating a reconciled world.This philosophy guided the workshop series held at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue with Reconciliation Canada, for Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation.