"Let us find a way to belong to this time and place together. Our future, and the well-being of all our children, rests with the kind of relationships we build today."
-Chief Dr Robert Joseph
On June 21st, 2013, Green Party City Councillor Adriane Carr voted unanimously with other Vancouver city councillors to declare the year from June 21st, 2013 to June 20, 2014 the "Year of Reconciliation with Aborginal Peoples".
The City of Vancouver's official proclamation reads "Through the process of reconciliation we have the promise of building a common future, a future in which all of Vancouver's children - no matter what their cultural background - have an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams and contribute to the common aspiration for a just and sustainable world." Click here to read the entire Proclamation.
The Green Party has always believed that the rights of indigenous peoples and the preservation of the environment are inextricably linked, and that without peaceful reconciliation with and respect for the stewardship of our First Nations, harmonious and sustainable existence upon this land is impossible.
That is why the Green Party would like to invite you to join us on Sunday, September 22 in the Walk for Reconciliation. Let's come out in full force as Greens and reaffirm our commitment to a better future, together!
Our team will be meeting up at 8:30 AM at Victory Square (Cambie & W Hastings)
To join the Green Party Walk for Reconciliation Team, simply RSVP on this page, or for further information, send an email to Team Captain Jacquie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have had special T-shirts made for the Walk! If you can join us, please RSVP and tell us your T-shirt size to ensure we bring the right amount and sizes. We encourage you to purchase a T-shirt for $15, but you can also borrow one and return it after the walk if you wish.
To learn more about Reconciliation Canada and the Walk for Reconciliation, please visit their website
What: Walk for Reconciliation (4km walk)
When: September 22, 2013. The Green Team will meet up at Victory Square at 8:30am.
Where: Meet up with the rest of the Green Team at Victory Square at 8:30am. We will head to the starting point at Queen Elizabeth Plaza together at 8:45am. See http://reconciliationcanada.ca/participate/walk-for-reconciliation/ for the full route map.
Why: To show our commitment to moving towards a better future together.
Can't make it to the Walk but still want to show your support?
Please consider making a donation to Reconciliation Canada here: http://reconciliationcanada.ca/participate/donate/.
Reconciliation Canada is a charitable project, established as a collaboration between the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society (IRSSS) and Tides Canada Initiatives Society (TCI).
Reconciliation Canada Legacy Fund is a fund at Tides Canada Foundation established for the charitable purpose of developing, implementing and supporting public education programs, community engagement initiatives and other activities that:
(a) increases public awareness of the Indian residential school experience and the reconciliation process in Canada;
(b) establishes a groundswell of Canadians from every level of society who are committed to fostering positive relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians; connects Aboriginal communities with a diversity of cultural, faith-based and multi-generational groups in Canada to gain a better understanding of one another’s shared histories; and promotes physical, psychological and spiritual healing within Aboriginal communities.
See you on the Walk!
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