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Join us for a Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

The Mayor and City Council voted unanimously to proclaim June 21, 2013 to June 20, 2014 as a Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver. 

Witnessing the process of reconciliation and healing

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City is supporting a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system, to witness the process of reconciliation and healing, and advance with a greater shared understanding of the historical impacts that have shaped the experiences of Aboriginal people to date.

A year-long initiative featuring gatherings, dialogue, public education, and more

We are embracing reconciliation through a year-long initiative as a way to mend the past, build shared understanding, and create a legacy for meaningful change in society.

The initiative will include a series of gatherings, intercultural dialogue and storytelling workshops, public education, and cultural and arts programs.

Details of the initiative

There are a host of City programs in the works that connect to Reconciliation. These include:

  • Aboriginal components within the Stanley Park 125 celebrations
  • Artworks commissioned by the Public Art Program to honour and celebrate the Year of Reconciliation
  • The creation of a Reconciliation legacy Carving Centre at Britannia Park
  • The development of Newcomer’s Guide to Aboriginal Communities, Elders and Arts program

Programming will also be included through the Vancouver Public Library’s (VPL) dialogue sessions, author readings and documentaries, including a dedicated series with a British Columbia focus.

VPL is re-energizing its Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence program, which returns later this year with a new storyteller who will share the tradition and craft in free workshops and sessions.  

Reconciliation in Canada

Learn more about reconciliation in Canada on these websites:

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Learn about the Year of Reconciliation artworks

Meet the artists selected to create artwork for an eight-month public exhibition related to Vancouver's Year of Reconciliation.

Platforms artworks

Take a creative workshop

Artist William Wasden, Junior

Join in the spirit of reconciliation with weekly workshops about cultural traditions within families, and the truth of residential school history and First Nations children.

Workshops are held by artist William Wasden Jr. of the Indigenous Artist in Communities Program and the Park Board.

Get workshop details

Last modified: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:34:09