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The 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation comes amidst heightened social awareness and momentum around reconciliation. We are at a critical crossroads of transformational change. 2017 has inspired us to reflect deeply on our past and actively shape our shared futures together. Now is a crucial time to recognize that within Canada, there are broken relationships among us that need nurturing.

“Canada 150” alludes to two vastly different narratives that hold different meanings for people who live in Canada—all of which must be recognized. Canada’s history stretches much longer than the 150 years since confederation, and we recognize that many Indigenous people feel as if the past 150 years do not warrant a celebration.

The conversations and awareness this year have provided us with the opportunity to engage thousands of Canadians on what this year means, and how we must all be part of the reconciliation process. This Canada Day we encourage you to register and commit to attending an important event later this year — The Walk for Reconciliation on September 24th, 2017. The Walk for Reconciliation is part of a positive movement to build commitment towards reconciliation and build stronger relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. It is designed to inspire action and transform the very essence of all our relationships and we encourage everyone to join us.

There are many ways for you to join us and take part in this historic event. Register for the walk. Invite your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to join a walk team. Volunteer on the day of the Walk or at one of the community events we are participating in this summer. Donate to Reconciliation Canada. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Walk for Reconciliation.

This is a historic moment for all of us. Each one of us plays an important role in building an inclusive and just society. This Canada Day, ask yourself what you can do to move reconciliation forward, and how you can build stronger, more resilient communities for all people in Canada.