Walk for Reconciliation to begin with speech from daughter of Martin Luther King
The Walk for Reconciliation set to take place on September 22 in Vancouver will be preceded by a keynote speech from Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Reconciliation Canada announced today (September 12).
Bernice King will deliver an address to what organizers estimate will be a crowd of 50,000 participants.
Karen Joseph, the executive director of Reconciliation Canada, said in a news release that the organization is “honoured” to have King speaking at the event.
“Elder Dr. King has said that we all have a responsibility to move our world toward a beloved community,” said Joseph. “Reconciliation Canada shares this same philosophy. Having Dr. King speak at our Walk is especially meaningful, given that this year is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and her father’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’.”
The Walk for Reconciliation will be the culmination of a week of activities held in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s national event in Vancouver.
Other activities held during the week will include an All Nations Canoe Gathering, which will see hundreds of paddlers in traditional cedar dugout canoes and other boats travel from Vanier Park to Science World. Participants in that event will include Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, members of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and a Maori team from New Zealand.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s event at the Pacific National Exhibition will be the sixth of seven national events held to collect statements from residential school survivors and to inform Canadians of the legacy of residential schools.
The Walk for Reconciliation will begin at 9 a.m. at Queen Elizabeth Plaza on September 22 and conclude at Science World.