Thank you for joining us at the Walk for Reconciliation on September 18, and walking toward a more respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

 

Our future, and the well-being of all our children, rest with the kind of relationships we build today.
— Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Why We Walk

The tragic legacy of residential schools cannot be overstated. Some 150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families — many forcibly by the RCMP — and placed in residential schools where they suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Some 80,000 survivors of residential schools live in Canada today. Canadians need to hear their stories and find ways to ensure our collective future rests on a solid foundation of respect, openness, and trust. 

By coming together for the Walk, we made a commitment to transform and renew relationships with Indigenous peoples. We showed that we believe in the Walk for Reconciliation’s motto, the spirit of ‘Namwayut’ - “We are all one.”

 

 

Free Lunch & Learn Series

In the weeks leading up to the Walk for Reconciliation, the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture conducted a series of free lunch and learns with people affected by the residential school system.

SEPTEMBER 12: NORM LEECH & DONNA DICKISON

Norm Leech and Donna Dickison are members of the St’at’imc Nation. Norm is the coordinator for the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre. He was previously also executive director of the First Nations Technology Council, a facilitator at the National Centre for First Nations Governance and a school board trustee. His mother, Donna, is a residential school survivor.

SEPTEMBER 19: LILLIAN HOWARD

Lillian Howard is Mowachaht and is of Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka'wakw and Tlingit ancestry. She is an active Indigenous, social and environmental advocate. She works part-time with the PHSA Cultural Safety Framework team. Lillian is a co-chair of the Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee and a member of the Butterflies in Spirit dance group which raises awareness and education of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Girls and Men/Boys. Lillian is also the founder of the Uplifting Indigenous Families Fund which raises funds to assist families during and after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She is very involved in the reconciliation process.

We recorded Lillian's lunch and learn session, which you can watch below.