We would like to acknowledge that the we are on the traditional and unceded territories of the Kwantlen, sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), Matsqui, and Semiahmoo peoples

 

“The sacred walk is a distinctly Canadian and Indigenously flavoured act of political, spiritual and social witness.” ~ Bishop Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada

Since 2015, after the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, thousands of Canadians have participated in this walk annually at the end of May, in recognition of the many Indigenous families who were wrongfully subjected to the systematic abuse and cultural genocide in the Residential Schools

Join us every year at the end of May to Walk in the Spirit of Reconcilliation.

visit the website we created at ReconciliationWalk.com

In the meantime, it is important for those of us who are non-Indigenous (also known as setttlers) to educate ourselves on the journey of the First Peoples of this land we occupy and the injustices and discrimination the Indigenous peoples have endured and continue to have to endure.

Check out the information below as a starting point. Email us if you know of additional resources we can add to this page.

The Residential School System

"It is clear that the schools have been, arguably, the most damaging of the many elements of Canada’s colonization of this land’s original peoples and, as their consequences still affect the lives of Aboriginal people today, they remain so." John S. Milloy, A National Crime

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

"As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers". The book is available to borrow from our Social Justice Library.

Coast Salish Welcome Song

On a recent Forest Walk through Stanley Park, Vancouver blogger Miss604 was treated to a traditional Coast Salish Welcome Song performed by Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation.

Interactive Map of Indigenous lands

"Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as our map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide."

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