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

JOIN US: Walk for Reconciliation

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in downtown Vancouver
9:30 a.m.: Marshaling at Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
10:15 a.m.:  Walk begins

Lunch & Learns (at the BC Alliance, 100-928 Howe St.):
Sept. 12, 12:00 p.m.: Norm Leech and Donna Dickison
Sept. 19, 12:00 p.m.: Lillian Howard

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, on September 24. The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture will be there, leading a large contingent of BC arts, culture and heritage representatives, who have joined our Walk team, Arts & Culture for Reconciliation.

We invite you to join us! Artists and cultural workers of BC, let’s show up as a community and walk in solidarity to demonstrate our commitment to the reconciliation process.

Click the button below to join the Arts & Culture for Reconciliation team. We’ll see you there!

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


How to Join the Team

Click this link to join the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's team, Arts & Culture for Reconciliation. You'll find two buttons at the top of the page: "Join the Team" and "Donate Now."

If you click "Join the Team," you'll be asked to register a user profile. Along the way, you'll be asked if you'd like to donate to the Walk, set a personal fundraising goal, and invite others via email and social media to either support you or join the Walk for Reconciliation themselves. These are all optional. If you would just like to join the team, you need only complete the compulsory fields with the red asterisks.

If you click "Donate Now," you'll be brought to a field that asks you for your credit card information to facilitate the donation. For donations of $25 and more, a tax receipt will be issued. Donations go to Reconciliation Canada. The BC Alliance has set a team fundraising goal of $1,000, so we ask that you consider donating to this worthy cause.


Free Lunch & Learn Series

In the weeks leading up to the Walk for Reconciliation, the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture would like to serve you lunch and to give you an opportunity to hear firsthand the stories of people affected by the residential school system. We’ll nourish you and provide an environment of openness and honesty. We just ask you to bring an open heart and a willingness to better understand the need for reconciliation.


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.


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.

This event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, please click the button below.