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Mayor Robertson invites all communities to Walk for Reconciliation

September 15 2017 The walk will take place on Sunday, September 24

"When people walk together to share hopes and dreams, endless transformative possibilities emerge." – Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson invites people from all cultures, communities, ages, abilities, and faiths to join the second Walk for Reconciliation in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, September 24.

The walk is hosted in partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the Government of Canada and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

"Vancouver is a City of Reconciliation and the Walk for Reconciliation is the final signature event to cap off our Canada 150+ celebrations. From the Gathering of Canoes to The Drum is Calling Festival throughout July, it's been empowering to see the city come together to celebrate the contribution of our Indigenous peoples.

"The walk is a historic opportunity to show support for the progress we've made together towards reconciliation and I can't wait to walk with everyone in unity," says Mayor Robertson.

A walk for everyone

The walk is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to make a personal contribution to the reconciliation movement.

Through walking in the spirit of reconciliation, participants honour intergenerational lives taken, survivors and those impacted by the residential school system, and show support for youth in all communities.

"There is no relationship more important to our government than the one with Indigenous Peoples. We must take concrete steps toward a renewed relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. I would like to thank Reconciliation Canada and the City of Vancouver for this important initiative. It is incumbent on all of us to ensure that the next 150 years are marked by respect, trust, hope and optimism," points out Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The spirit of 'Namwayut

The brainchild of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, the Walk for Reconciliation was first conceived as an opportunity for healing among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.

The walk is also a new way to move forward together in the spirit of 'Namwayut recognizing "We Are All One". In 2013, the first walk gathered 70,000 people who were inspired and activated to work towards reconciliation.

Chief Joseph explains, "Love is at the heart of the reconciliation journey. New relationships are forged, understanding deepens and a new way forward is paved with justice, equality and inclusion."

Event details

The Walk for Reconciliation takes place on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Host Nations). 

Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Walk for Reconciliation: 9:30am - Meet at the West Georgia and Cambie Street intersection for an opening blessing by Chief Robert Joseph.
Reconciliation Expo: 10:30am to 3:00pm - Gather at Strathcona Park (857 Malkin Avenue).

 

Canada 150+ is a cultural project of Vancouver's City of Reconciliation program in 2017. The City of Reconciliation framework exists to promote Aboriginal Peoples, arts, culture, awareness and understanding and to strengthen ongoing relations with Vancouver's three Host Nations and the urban Indigenous community.

About Canada 150+

The City of Vancouver's Canada 150+ is a year-long celebration of Indigenous culture and arts. The three signature events include the Gathering of Canoes (July 14), the Drum is Calling Festival (July 22-30) and Walk for Reconciliation (September 24). For more information visit: www.canada150plus.ca.

About Reconciliation Canada

Reconciliation Canada - A New Way Forward Society is the leading voice for reconciliation across the country, acting as a catalyst and guide for social change. As an Indigenous-led charitable organization, Reconciliation Canada catalyzes meaningful relationships through values-based dialogue, leadership and action. Reconciliation Canada engages with all peoples in Canada including indigenous, multicultural and multi-faith communities to increase national awareness of reconciliation and mobilize the growing reconciliation movement.  For more information visit: www.reconciliationcanada.ca.