A massive downpour didn't drench the enthusiasm of thousands of Vancouverites, who gathered in the downtown to celebrate the conclusion of Reconciliation Week.
The event attracted numerous high-profile First Nations leaders, including Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, and former B.C. Treaty Commission chief commissioner Miles Richardson.
Marching along with them over the viaducts, through Chinatown and to Concord Pacific Place was a massive number of nonaboriginal people showing their support for the survivors of residential schools.
Some of these survivors told their stories this week to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada during its visit to Vancouver.
You can see Straight reporter Yolande Cole's photos of the dignitaries here.
Below are some snapshots I took along the walk as a member of the crowd.