Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Walk for Reconciliation 2017

The above poster was pinned to a bulletin board at the downtown Central Library.  

This morning I took part in the Walk for Reconciliation that started around 8:00 a.m. from the Harry Hayes Building and ended at Fort Calgary. I asked Charlotte, an elder carrying the American flag, if it would be okay to take photos of the walk.  She laughed heartily when I said I'd post them to Flickr.

After Charlotte's opening prayer, a fellow wearing a Metis belt gave brief directions of the route.  The walk was led by drummers, then banner carriers, then residential school survivors and elders. Some carried walking sticks representing each of the residential schools in Canada.  Some wore feathers. I followed the diverse group of fifty or more people along the river bike path, under Reconciliation Bridge, and through East Village. At Fort Calgary the group was met by one lone videographer from Global News.

Here are some of my images. Click on the photo to see a larger slideshow version.

Participants walk under the newly named Reconciliation Bridge.  Originally the bridge was called the Langevin Bridge, named after Sir Langevin one of Canada's Father of Confederation who is considered on of the architects of residential schools. 


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