Walk for Reconciliation
- September 24, 2017
- Times: Walk starts 9:30 AM , expo 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
- Location: Begins at Cambie and Georgia Streets. Ends at Pender and Carrall Streets
September 24th, 2017
Walk for Reconciliation
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Queen Elizabeth Plaza (650 Cambie St.)
Time: 10:30 am to 3 pm
Location: Strathcona Park (857 Malkin Ave.)
Join tens of thousands of Vancouverites in this second-ever Reconciliation walk. In 2013, over 70,000 people of all Nations, ages, abilities, communities, and faiths walked together. The brainchild of the inspirational Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C., the walk was originally conceived as a healing tool among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians, in light of the legacy of Indian residential schools.
As the final Canada150+ event, City of Vancouver in partnership with Reconciliation Canada, will be hosting the Walk for Reconciliation on September 24th 2017. The Walk for Reconciliation and Expo will be a multi-faceted and memorable one-day event to inspire and build commitment and action towards reconciliation in Canada. Following the Walk, we will be hosting the Reconciliation Expo at Strathcona Park—a multicultural, inclusive and inspiring event featuring musical performances, community booths, educational exhibits, cultural demonstrations, artisans, food trucks and a keynote speech.
As you make your way along the 2km route, you will experience first-hand the healing and transformational power of 'Namwayut — We Are All One, which will guide our journey of moving forward together.
The Walk for Reconciliation will begin with an opening blessing led by Chief Joseph. The Walk follows a 2km route starting at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza on the corner of West Georgia and Cambie, and will cross the Georgia Viaduct to end in Strathcona Park. Along with the amplified sound in the start area at Georgia and Cambie, there will be sound along the Walk route and throughout the day at the Expo site, Strathcona Park.
The Reconciliation Expo will take place from 10:30 am to 3 pm.
At the inaugural Reconciliation Expo at Strathcona Park, the keynote speech will be delivered by National Chief Perry Bellegarde. Other remarks will be given by Mayor Gregor Robertson, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, BC Premier John Horgan, and Chief Dr. Robert Joseph.
Reconciliation Expo attendees can connect with community organizations from 10:30 am – 3 pm which will feature a dignitaries' remarks, Indigenous artisans, local food trucks, exhibitions and interactive activities, and artistic performances, including musician and activist Emmanuel Jal, George Leach, Susan Aglukark, the Soujourners, and more. . Special guests will be honoured and blanketed in recognition of their work towards reconciliation.
Everyone is welcome to these free activities.