Indigenous organizers hope for massive crowd at second Walk for Reconciliation – The B.C. Catholic

by ahnationtalk on September 13, 2017207 Views

Sep 13, 2017

VANCOUVER—Thousands of people flooded Georgia Street in the name of peace and reconciliation in 2013. Now, indigenous organizers are hoping they will do so again.

A Walk for Reconciliation is scheduled to hit Cambie and Georgia Streets Sept. 24. The two-kilometre demonstration will end at Strathcona Park, where indigenous performers and keynote speaker Chief Perry Bellegarde will take the stage.

“Reconciliation is an ongoing process,” said Squamish nation member and Catholic deacon Rennie Nahanee. “People need to know that reconciliation is not just for us as individual people, but it’s for all Canadians.”

The last reconciliation walk was held at the close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2013. Despite pouring rain, more than 10,000 people (some estimates said as many as 70,000) participated. Now, Deacon Nahanee is hoping for 100,000.

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