Note: The Walk for Reconciliation and the Reconciliation Expo are plastic free events. This means we will not be selling or distributing water bottles or single-use containers. There will be a water station set up at the Reconciliation Expo site at Strathcona Park, and we encourage all participants to bring reusable water bottles to the event.

We want to make sure that Elders are able to participate comfortably and safely throughout the Walk for Reconciliation and the Reconciliation Expo. Click here for information for Elders participating in the Walk for Reconciliation and Reconciliation Expo.

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Walk for Reconciliation

9:30am | September 24, 2017

Cambie and Georgia, Vancouver


Start Site

The Walk for Reconciliation begins at the intersection at Cambie Street and Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver.

Following an acknowledgement of the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the shared traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations, on which the Walk for Reconciliation takes place, participants walk east towards the Georgia Viaduct.



9:30 am – Opening Ceremony and Welcome Speech
9:45 am – Walk Begins

Walk Route

The Walk follows a 2km route from Cambie St. and Georgia St. to Strathcona Park.

Click here to view a map of the route for the Walk for Reconciliation.


Reconciliation Expo

10:30am – 3:00pm | September 24, 2017

Strathcona Park, Vancouver



Reconciliation Expo will feature a series of Indigenous and multi-cultural performances, speeches, activities and exhibitions. View the full schedule here

Reconciliation Expo Site Map

The Reconciliation Expo will take place at Strathcona Park immediately following the walk. View the full map of the Expo site here



Keynote Speaker

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde

Perry Bellegarde was elected as the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on December 10, 2014 after a career spent making measurable progress on the issues that matter most to First Nations people. First 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.

In 1984, Perry Bellegarde became the first Treaty Indian to graduate from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Administration. In 2012, he completed Certified Corporate Board Training through The Directors College sponsored by the Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. National Chief Bellegarde is the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2012), Saskatchewan Medal (2005), Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2002) and Confederation Medal (1992). He has been honoured by several Chiefs and Elders who have acknowledged him as their adopted son, and he honours them by carrying their teachings forward as he works toward the implementation of Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights, self-determination and a shared vision for a more just and inclusive Canada.



Chief Robert Joseph

Ambassador, Reconciliation Canada

Councillor Chris Lewis

Councillor and Spokesperson – Squamish Nation

Chief Ian Campbell

Councillor and Spokesperson – Squamish Nation


Councillor Liana Martin

Councillor – Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Chief Wayne Sparrow

Chief – Musqueam Nation

Karen Joseph

CEO, Reconciliation Canada


The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

The Honourable John Horgan

Premier of British Columbia

The Honourable Scott Fraser

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation


Mayor Gregor Robertson

Mayor of Vancouver




Emmanuel Jal

From his start in life as a child soldier in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan in the early 1980s, Emmanuel Jal has come through a huge number of struggles during his life to become a successful and acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador.

Learn more here.



Susan Aglukark

Singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life.

Learn more here.



George Leach

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Photo Credit: Leigh Righton

Sister Says

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Royal Academy of Bhangra Dancers

Royal Academy of Bhangra is the first not-for-profit academy in Canada to offer a formal Punjabi Folk Dance education with a syllabus consisting of three grade levels. The Academy’s Dance Director, Hardeep Singh Sahota, was key in the development of the bhangra syllabus program for all Canadian Dance Teachers, BC Branch. The Academy successfully uses the art form of bhangra as a creative outlet to promote skill, discipline, and physical fitness, and to provide team building and leadership initiatives for youth. The Academy offers training in Punjabi Folk Dances such as (Male Dances) Bhangra, Jhummar, Dhamal and Malwai Giddha (Giddha, Sammi, Luddi and Kikli).

Learn more here.



V’ni Dansi

V’ni Dansi is a Vancouver-based traditional Métis and contemporary dance company dedicated to sharing the dances, stories and culture of the Métis. Meaning “Come and Dance” in Michif from the Red River area of Manitoba, V’ni Dansi is thrilled to share the Métis people’s joyful culture with audiences of all nations.

Learn more here.



Photo Credit: Happy Man

Lorita Leung Dance Company

Lorita Leung Dance Company (LLDC) was established in 1970, and is one of North America’s pioneer Chinese dance performing groups. Led by Artistic Director, Jessica Jone, LLDC is dedicated to the professional presentation of authentic Chinese Classical, Folk and Ethnic dance, while leading at the forefront of current Chinese dance directions. LLDC maintains a wide repertoire of both Traditional and Contemporary Chinese dances, and highlights the original Contemporary Chinese dance creations of Resident Choreographer, Chengxin Wei.

Performance for the Reconciliation Expo: Embroidery of Spring

Spring is often used to symbolize love, hope, youth and growth. This elegant Classical Chinese dance depicts a group of women who embroider a spring landscape that comes into full bloom.

Learn more here.


N’we Jinan Artists

The N’we Jinan Artists are a collective of Indigenous singers & rappers selected from the Surrey School District. Together, they created a powerful song giving perspective on their identity, language and hope for future as First Nations young leaders.


Eagle Song Dancers



Sawagi Taiko and Onibana Taiko

Sawagi Taiko is the first all-women taiko group in Canada. We are a multi-generational group of women of Asian and Indigenous heritage, brought together by our shared passion for the Japanese drum. “Sawagi” means “to raise a commotion” in Japanese and we live up to our name. With thunderous drum beats, evocative vocals, and martial arts-inspired choreography, we show how racialized women are powerful and inspirational. We love to bring our creativity and exuberant energy to every song we play together. We harness the soul-awakening power of the drum to support feminist and social justice ideals. Sawagi Taiko is a sisterhood. Our playfulness and genuine love and respect for one another show both on and off the stage.

The trio Onibana Taiko are composed of Eileen Kage, Noriko Kobayashi and Leslie Komori, veterans of the form and command taiko credit at fifty (+) years young.



Tsatsu Stalqaya (Coastal Wolf Pack)

Tsatsu Stalqayu is a Coast Salish Song and dance group. A small amount of us started getting together in the Fall of 2009 to share and perform songs and dances with other nationalities. We are now a group of 50 members and counting. We have members from the reserves of Nanaimo,Kuper Island, Cowichan, Tsartlip, Musqueam, Squamish, Skway, Cheam.

Some of our songs we share are handed down generation to generation. We have a few members with in our group that have composed songs for our family to share.

We have talked to our honored elders in preparation of the group and asked them for permission to share a small amount of our culture. We got the approval to share our traditional regalia as well.



Axé Capoeira


Master of Ceremonies: Racelle Kooy

Racelle Kooy is a member of Samahquam First Nation and has strong family ties to Stswecem’c Xgat’tem (Northern Secwepemc). She is passionate about expanding opportunities and growth for Indigenous People. Racelle has dedicated her energies to respectfully representing First Nations people and cultures to the world in English, French and Spanish, from the Cannes International Film Festival to the inaugural live broadcast launch of Aboriginal People’s Television Network. For over 20 years, Racelle has been honing her leadership, communications, marketing, reputation management and brand voice skills in Canada and abroad. She enjoys community engagement work as well as collaborating with national Indigenous organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations and the Indspire Foundation. Racelle is also a bi-weekly First Nations affairs contributor for Societé Radio Canada’s “Pour faire un monde.” She stays grounded through her ancestral First Nation spiritual practices and as pow wow dancer.



Site Unseen

Gitga’at and West Vancouver Youth – Mural of Merging Voices

This unique and innovative project supports links between different groups of coastal youth. To deepen the understanding of their unique cultures and lands, students from the District of West Vancouver and the Gitga’at Nation in Hartley Bay worked together to create a large art installation.

Learn more here.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation



An exhibit from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation that explores working together for a strong future and better understanding reconciliation.

Learn more here.

Witness Blanket (Replica)

Carey Newman


Inspired by a woven blanket, the Witness Blanket is a large scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation.

Learn more here.



Lacrosse Demos and Drills

ISPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council)

ISPARC will facilitate lacrosse demos and drills at the Expo site with some of their BC NAIG athletes and coaches.

Learn more here.

Weavers Corner

Earthand Gleaners Society

Facilitated by the Earthand Gleaners Society and a diverse group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous weavers, this will be a tactile, interactive space to learn more about the craft of weaving from multiple cultural perspectives. The space will be hands-on, inviting participants to engage with plants native to this territory and learn more about the social history of weaving. 1-3pm.

Learn more here

Blanket Exercise


KAIROS will host one Blanket Exercise on site at the Walk Expo from 1-3pm. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop. 1-3pm.

Learn more here.

On-Site Mural Painting

Vancouver Mural Festival

The Vancouver Mural Festival will host an interactive mural site where with spray paint where participants can add their message of hope or reconciliation. There will also be several commissioned artists creating pieces during the Expo that aim to capture the energy and experience of the Walk for Reconciliation.

Learn more here.

Kids Reconciliation Village

Right to Play

5 stations ranging from team building games, making handcrafts, gardening (planting a seed and making your intentions for the future).

Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur. Through sports and games, we help children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact.

Learn more here.

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.

Reconciliation Canada Capacity Partners

Founding and Current Partner

For a full list of Reconciliation Canada Partners, click here.