Sunday, September 22, 2013
Downtown Vancouver – starting at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza, 4 km
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Start Location: Queen Elizabeth Plaza, W. Georgia at Hamilton
Finish Location: Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd
|8:30-9:00 AM||Walker Assembly & Entertainment|
|9:00-10:00 AM||Opening Ceremony|
|10 AM||Walk begins|
|11:20 AM||Closing protocol begins|
Just Announced! Dr. Bernice A. King to deliver keynote speech at Canada’s first Walk for Reconciliation.
This is history in the making. Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be the keynote speaker at the Walk for Reconciliation on September 22, 2013. Dr. King’s visit marks the 50th anniversary of her father’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech and a pivotal moment in the human rights movement. Read more.
WALK WITH US
- To help achieve far-reaching impact that will be felt amongst everyone — all ages, all cultures, all faiths.
- To demonstrate your commitment to building better relationships to achieve resilient, sustainable communities.
This is the finale event of Reconciliation Week Vancouver 2013!
- No event day registration is necessary. Just plan to meet your friends, families or teams in advance as there will be a lot of people in the marshalling area.
- Live entertainment, storytelling, song and dance before, after and along the walk route
- Multicultural food options at the post-walk celebration
- Come yourself — bring your friends/family — create a Team
- Fundraise if you like, to support Reconciliation Canada’s work
- Registering allows you to set up a personal web page to help you invite others to join or support you
- 2 KM walk available for those challenged by 4 KM
- For a map of the Walk route, see below!
This is a gathering of all the peoples in Canada. Let your heart be open and your voice be heard. Stand up for ‘Namwayut — We Are All One.
Why We Walk
The Walk for Reconciliation is designed to transform and renew the very essence of relationships among Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians. It sounds so simple, but just the act of gathering and walking and sharing our stories can join us all in a shared commitment to creating a new way forward in our relationships with each other.
It’s time to move past apologies and politics and money. It’s time to move forward. Together.
Our future depends on being able to simply get along, respecting each other for the unique gifts we bring. The time is now to show our children, our neighbours and even other countries that Canada knows how to get it right.
The meaning behind the Walk for Reconciliation
Originally conceived as a healing between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians, in light of the legacy of Indian residential schools, the Walk for Reconciliation is a new way forward. That said, the Walk is for everyone; it is a walk for peace. It is a chance to reconcile our differences, and our own hearts, for the better good.
What you can expect to see during the ceremony
- A blessing, inviting everyone to walk for peace
- Presentations, including keynote speech by Dr. Bernice A. King
- First Nations music and art, including a modern expression of gilskamlił
What is gilskamlił?
Traditionally, gilskamlił is a ceremony performed during the potlatch by the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations—whose territory lies on the north tip of Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland of British Columbia. The gilskamlił is not a dance, but an intimate sharing of community and spirit.
On the day of the Walk, witness a twist on a sacred storytelling. Curated by artist Beau Dick, this gilskamlił draws upon elements of the ceremonious tradition, but is set in a modern context and inclusive of neighbouring nations—Haida, Musqueam and more—in view of the intent: to lift all people.
Walk Route Map
Walk Map for 2KM and 4 KM
Start Line: W. Georgia at Hamilton
Finish Site: Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd
A 2km option will be available as well with the same start and finish locations.
For a PDF version, click here.
Group Bus Drop-Off and Parking Information
Wearing a Reconciliation Canada t-shirt is a great way to connect with other participants and show your dedication to the wider reconciliation movement. T-shirts are a positive souvenir to take away from the Walk for Reconciliation, and can be worn again in the future to show your continuing support.
Click here for the t-shirts page.
Above all, walk with us. We welcome any fundraising you’d like to initiate to support your participation in the Walk.
- Donations can be collected using our secure online donation system — sorry, no cash or cheques can be accepted. Donations over $5 receive a tax receipt.
- Fundraising brings lasting and meaningful benefits for people from all walks of life
- Grassroots community dialogue workshops — creating sacred space for meaningful conversation and relationship-building
- Engaging youth and developing positive attitudes. Giving them a positive message that inspires a hopeful outlook in their everyday lives
- Funds raised will go towards the Reconciliation Canada Legacy Fund held at Tides Canada Foundation.
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