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Sep 28, 2017

2018 Announcement:

Thank you for all your inquiries about the Walk for Reconciliation this year, and for all your support during previous Walks.

Unfortunately, Reconciliation Canada does not have a Walk for Reconciliation scheduled in 2018.

We are currently focused on achieving core funding stability in order to be able to continue our work, develop new initiatives and offer large-scale events like the Walk for Reconciliation in the future.

At present, we are able to offer our Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops, Lunch and Learns, and speaking engagements. Click here to learn more about our ongoing programs and initiatives.

Click here to make a donation to help us deliver our work and create lasting change.

Thank you for your support and continued commitment to reconciliation!

 

Fifty thousand people gathered at the 2017 Vancouver Walk for Reconciliation, in the spirit of “We are all one”

 

On Sunday September 24, 2017, 50,000 people of all backgrounds gathered downtown Vancouver to take a step on the road to reconciliation. Participants gathered on Georgia Street from Seymour to Cambie and adjacent streets. The procession went over the viaduct and ended at Strathcona Park.

Born from the vision of Chief Robert Joseph, Ambassador of Reconciliation Canada, the walk was a call to action, inspiring all Canadians and Indigenous Peoples across Canada to make a shared commitment towards reconciliation and revitalized relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.

The crowds began gathering outside of Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 9:00am. We could feel the excitement in the crowd as people from all backgrounds, faiths, cultures and ages filled the streets of Cambie and Georgia.

At 10:30am, Walk participants began to gather at Strathcona Park for the Reconciliation Expo. We were blown away by the turnout at the Expo. Individuals engaged with different community organizations, local artisans and had the chance to participate in various experiential activities—all of which were a huge success!

We heard from many people that the Lacrosse drills, the Kairos Blanket Exercise, the Mural Festival, the Commitment Wall, the Witness Blanket and Site Unseen Exhibit allowed them to learn more about Indigenous culture and history in Canada.

We were so grateful to have 343 volunteers present along the Walk and at the Expo. Their smiling faces and helpful attitudes ensured the success of the event. Our volunteers went above and beyond in helping with everything from organizing the event, to posting on social media, to assisting participants, and so many more activities. We could not have done this without you.

We would like to thank our co-host, partners, supporters and friends for their tremendous help in making the Walk for Reconciliation and Reconciliation Expo a success. The Walk for Reconciliation and Reconciliation Expo would not have been possible without the tremendous support from the Government of Canada. We are so proud to have been able to deliver this event as part of a Canada 150 Signature Project: Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy.

We are enormously grateful for the commitment of the City of Vancouver who co-hosted this event. To have been one of three Canada 150+ Signature Events is incredibly meaningful. We also extend our gratitude to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation for their genorsity and guidance.

To our sponsors, we thank you for your generosity in supporting this event.

To our Capacity Partners – without you we would not be able to do this work. Your commitment to reconciliation is inspiring, and we are honoured to have the opportunity to work along you in this important work.


Cinquante mille personnes se sont rassemblées à l’occasion de la Marche de la réconciliation de 2017 à Vancouver dans l’esprit de « Nous ne faisons qu’un »

 

Le dimanche 24 septembre 2017, 50 000 personnes de toutes les origines se sont réunies au centre-ville de Vancouver pour avancer ensemble sur la voie de la réconciliation. Les participants se sont regroupés sur la rue Georgia entre les rues Seymour et Cambie, ainsi que dans les rues adjacentes. La marche a procédé sur le viaduc pour terminer au parc Strathcona.

Issue de la vision du chef Robert Joseph, ambassadeur de Réconciliation Canada, la marche était un appel à l’action, inspirant les Canadiens et les peuples autochtones de tout le Canada à prendre un engagement commun envers la réconciliation et renforcer les relations parmi les Autochtones et tous les Canadiens.

La foule a commencé à se rassembler à l’extérieur du Queen Elizabeth Theatre à 9 h. Nous pouvions sentir son enthousiasme, alors que des gens de toutes les origines, confessions, cultures et de tous les âges affluaient vers les rues Cambie et Georgia.

À 10 h 30, les participants à la Marche ont commencé à se réunir au parc Strathcona pour l’Exposition sur la réconciliation. Nous avons été impressionnés par le nombre de personnes qui sont venues à l’Exposition. Les personnes ont communiqué avec différentes organisations communautaires et des artisans locaux et ont eu la possibilité de participer à diverses activités expérientielles, lesquelles ont toutes remporté un grand succès!

Nous avons reçus de nombreux commentaires de personnes nous disant que les démonstrations de la crosse, l’exercice des couvertures de Kairos, le festival des murales, le mur de l’engagement, la Witness Blanket et l’exposition Site Unseen leur ont permis d’en apprendre plus sur la culture et l’histoire des peuples autochtones du Canada.

Nous étions vraiment heureux d’avoir 343 bénévoles le long de la Marche et à l’Exposition. Leurs sourires et leur gentillesse ont assuré le succès de cet événement. Nos bénévoles se sont dépassés et ont contribué à l’organisation de cet événement, à l’affichage de messages dans les médias sociaux, au soutien des participants et à de nombreuses autres activités. Nous n’aurions pas pu faire ce que nous avons fait sans vous.

Nous aimerions remercier nos co-animateurs, partenaires, défenseurs et amis de leur aide incroyable, qui a permis de faire de la Marche et de l’Exposition de la réconciliation un véritable succès. L’Exposition n’aurait pas été possible sans l’immense soutien du gouvernement du Canada. Nous sommes vraiment fiers d’avoir pu organiser cet événement dans le cadre du projet de premier plan de Canada 150 : Réconciliation en action : une stratégie d’engagement nationale.

Nous sommes très reconnaissants de l’engagement de la Ville de Vancouver, qui a co-animé cet événement. Être l’un des trois projets de premier plan de Canada 150+ est incroyablement émouvant. Nous sommes aussi très reconnaissants envers le Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation pour sa générosité et ses conseils.

Nous remercions nos commanditaires de leur générosité et de leur appui à cet événement.

Nous remercions aussi nos partenaires de la capacité, sans quoi nous n’aurions pas pu faire ce travail. Votre engagement envers la réconciliation est inspirant et c’est un honneur pour nous d’avoir pu travailler avec vous sur cet important projet.


AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde to deliver keynote speech at Reconciliation Expo

Sep 5, 2017
We are excited to announce that National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be the keynote speaker the Reconciliation Expo! Perry Bellegarde was elected as the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations on December 10, 2014. Previously elected as Councillor and then Chief of Little Black Bear First Nation, Treaty 4 Territory, he also served as Tribal Chair of the Touchwood-File Hills-Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, and as Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and Saskatchewan Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations.

National Chief Bellegarde is a strong advocate for the implementation of Inherent Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. He has made presentations at the national and international levels in many forums, including the United Nations Committee for Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and various United Nations bodies on the subject of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We are honoured that National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be joining us on September 24!

Learn more about the Walk for Reconciliation and the Reconciliation Expo here!


Le chef national de l’APN, Perry Bellegarde, prononcera le discours-programme à l’Exposition sur la réconciliation!

Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que le chef national Perry Bellegarde sera l’orateur principal de la Marche et exposition de la réconciliation! Perry Bellegarde a été élu chef national de l’Assemblée des Premières nations le 10 décembre 2014. Élu auparavant conseiller puis chef de la Première nation de Little Black Bear, territoire visé par le Traité no 4, il a également été président tribal du conseil tribal Touchwood-File Hills-Qu’Appelle et chef de la Fédération des nations indiennes de la Saskatchewan (FNIS) et chef régional de la Saskatchewan de l’Assemblée des Premières nations.

Le chef national Bellegarde est un fervent défenseur de la mise en œuvre des droits inhérents et des droits découlant de traités des Autochtones. Il a fait des présentations à l’échelle nationale et internationale dans de nombreux forums, y compris le Comité des Nations Unies pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale (CERD) et divers organes des Nations Unies sur le sujet de la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones.

Nous sommes honorés que le chef national Perry Bellegarde se joigne à nous le 24 septembre!

Pour en savoir plus sur la Marche de la réconciliation!


Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy, a Canada 150 Signature Project, is funded in part by the Government of Canada. | Réconciliation en action : une stratégie d’engagement nationale est un projet de premier plan de Canada 150. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.

 


Why We Walk – Babs Kelly

Aug 4, 2017

Babs Kelly

For me in my life, reconciliation really has been a journey. The first time I engaged with reconciliation was back in the mid 80s. My father had been incarcerated in a variety of institutions and he had ended up in an outreach program for Indigenous men who were in prison, and it involved a circle. It was a kind of restorative justice program and they spoke of reconciliation with his family and with people he had harmed. On my mother’s side, her father had been to a residential school and that had always been part of her family’s story. They were always working through the legacy of shame and anger and other consequences of a family that ended up disconnected from their place and their people. So I’ve felt connected to reconciliation for a long time.

Something that I am drawn to now in regards to reconciliation is furthering conversations in disruptive, creative and hopeful ways. I often notice that people find it startling the moment when we say that reconciliation is not just a program that we do— it is not as simple as a checkbox system, or bringing an elder in. It actually is about stopping and thinking about who’s land are we guests on. It is considering how we can we be good allies and how can we look at the world with an anti-oppression framework. Then, reconciliation is looking within and thinking “now this requires a change in me.”


The Why We Walk campaign asks individuals to share their story and personal connection to the reconciliation movement. Stories will be shared in the weeks leading up to the Walk for Reconciliation on September 24th, 2017.

We believe that every person has a story to tell and that by sharing these stories, people may feel a more personal connection to the reconciliation movement.

Learn more about the Walk for Reconciliation here.

Read more Why We Walk stories here.


Beau Dick – Until We Meet Again

Mar 28, 2017
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear friend and family member, Beau Dick. Beau passed away last night just before midnight. Beau was a son, brother, father, brother, nephew, Chief, master carver, mesmerizing orator, mentor, a leader and so much more. He was a prolific artist whose work perpetuated the culture and traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. A man of infinite generosity and tremendous spirit, his loss will be felt throughout many families, communities and nations. We at Reconciliation Canada will keep in our hearts many memories of Beau including his magnificent contribution to the Walk for Reconciliation in 2013 with the design & creation of the start site, stage and masks along the route.

To his children, grandchildren, mother and all who loved him, we send our love and strength during this difficult time of saying ‘until we meet again’.


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Statement on Sixties Scoop Ontario Superior Court Ruling

Feb 16, 2017

All of us at Reconciliation Canada extend our love to all the individuals that were a part of and affected by the Sixties Scoop — a dark period in Canadian history that continues to impact thousands of individuals and communities to this day.

This week, an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the federal government failed to protect the cultural identity of Indigenous children who were forcibly taken from their homes and communities during the Sixties Scoop era.

With this landmark ruling, we take a step forward in the reconciliation process. May the survivors celebrate this liberating court decision and begin to find healing and reconciliation in your lives.

‘Namwayut – We Are All One.


Statement on the tragedy in Quebec City

Jan 30, 2017

We send our love.

We are extremely shocked and saddened hearing of the tragedy in Quebec City. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families, friends and community members.

At this time it is important for us to reach out and to care for each other. We at Reconciliation Canada want our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community to know that we stand with you.

We need to live out the vision of an inclusive Canada. To all people in this country, we want to remind you that you are welcome, accepted, and are part of the Canadian family.

The urgent call for all peoples in Canada to answer and act for reconciliation is now.

After all, ‘Namwayut – We Are All One.


Welcoming Gordon Holley to the Reconciliation Canada Board of Directors!


 
We are excited to announce that Gordon Holley has joined the Reconciliation Canada – A New Way Forward Society Board! Gordon has been appointed to the role of Treasurer of the Reconciliation Canada – A New Way Forward Society Board.

The Reconciliation Canada – A New Way Forward Society Board accepted the resignation of Michelle Grant, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. We are so grateful for the incredible work that Michelle brought to Reconciliation Canada and we wish her the best in her future endeavours.

Gordon Holley is the President and CEO of Humanity Financial Management Inc. As a CPA, CA for almost 25 years now, Gordon loves helping individuals and organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.

In his role at Humanity Financial, Gordon sees the stress and anxiety produced by finances and financial reporting for many not-for-profit-organizations (NFPOs), charity board members, and senior staff. He excels at providing financial oversight to small to mid-size NFPOs and charities to help them better manage their internal finances and financial budgeting and reporting. Ultimately, his company hopes to instil confidence and credibility in organizations by streamlining their internal financial management so that they can focus their energies on their programs.

Gordon has chosen to work in the not-for-profit sector because he believes that it has not only the biggest opportunities for improvement, but includes the added bonus of being filled with the people he enjoys working with the most. He says, “Life is too short not to feel like you are making a meaningful contribution and working with people that you really enjoy.” He is happy to leverage his company’s financial expertise to make a meaningful contribution to people and organizations that are trying to make the world a better place and finds inspiration from the individuals who work tirelessly for their causes.

“Many people think that working with numbers is dry and boring,” he says, “but I ultimately work with people – and I love it when I can make their lives easier and less stressful. Working with numbers allows me to do that and I love it.”

We are incredibly excited to work with Gordon and look forward to all the positive change he will be bring!


Re-learning Canada’s history has led me to the reconciliation movement

Dec 15, 2016
As a Nisga’a and Kwakwaka’wakw woman, learning about the history of colonialization and impacts that government decisions have had on First Nations people has greatly impacted my life.

Becoming aware of the injustices that have been orchestrated by the Canadian government has changed how I viewed the world. It has fueled my commitment to find solutions and work towards the betterment of our communities.

For me, reconciliation is about ending the cycle of violence within and toward our communities. It is about identifying hope, strengthening our culture and working towards our aspirations. Being aware of our shared history has inspired me to be an activist, to find solutions and take action on creating a better way forward.

You can take action with me today.

 
Make a gift to support reconciliation now

 

Reconciliation is one of many movements that seek to change the way Canadians see Indigenous peoples. I am really encouraged to see how much the message of reconciliation has resonated with the City of Vancouver staff and Mayor and Council.

For me, it is inspiring to see how much impact this movement of reconciliation is having on all peoples.

Reconciliation Canada has given us a chance to reflect on what this country can become, showing us a path that is more inclusive and respectful.

I believe that together we can create a new Canada where all Canadians celebrate and accept Indigenous cultures as an integral part of who we are as a nation and a country.

Join me in a making a gift to support this vision.

 

YES, I want to make a gift to support reconciliation in Canada

 

Thank you,

Ginger Gosnell-Myers
Aboriginal Relations Manager at the City of Vancouver

P.S. Even a small gift can make a difference. Support Reconciliation Canada today!


Ginger’s story is the last in a series of four impact stories that Reconciliation Canada is sharing with you this holiday season. By making a gift, you invest in Reconciliation Canada’s charitable programs and organizational capacity to engage increasing numbers of Indigenous peoples and all Canadians in reconciliation. These impact stories coincide with the annual Giving Tuesday movement on November 29, 2016, which encourages giving and volunteering during the holiday season.

Did you miss Troy’s impact story? You can read about his experience with reconciliation here.



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