September 22, 2013
70,000 march for reconciliation
Reconciliation walk turnout amazes organizers, as an estimated 70,000 brave downpour in Vancouver
A sea of people that organizers estimated at 70,000 braved pouring rain and chanted their way through downtown Vancouver on Sunday in Canada’s first reconciliation walk.Thousands walk for reconciliation in B.C. Thousands of people braved a pouring rain in Vancouver Sunday to take part in a reconciliation walk marking the sad history of residential schools in Canada, erupting in a raucous cheer as the daughter of American civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. urged all Canadians to move forward and heal.Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., calls on Canada to "truly empower First Nations" She was shocked to hear about the pain and suffering Aboriginal people have gone through in Canada's Indian residential school system, Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King’s youngest child, told a group of media yesterday at the Marriott Hotel.Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. calls for end of economic injustice against First Nations The daughter of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. says economic injustice must be addressed as part of the reconciliation process with Canada's First Nations.Works of art at PNE give expression to Indian residential school tragedies Instead of the usual popcorn and cotton candy sold during the annual summer fair at the PNE, First Nations offer handcrafted jewelry and clothing and art installations with historical and political messages in the Agrodome.Comment: For more on boarding schools, see End Experiments, Honor Apology and Native American Boarding School Project.