Tens of thousands join Vancouver Walk for Reconciliation across Georgia Viaduct

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      It was impossible to estimate the size of the crowd at today's Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver.

      But the number easily reached into the tens of thousands. And it could have exceeded the estimated 70,000 who attended the city's last Walk for Reconciliation in 2013.

      The walk was led by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Belgarde and the main organizer, Chief Robert Joseph, the ambassador with Reconciliation Canada.

      The crowds crossed the Georgia Viaduct and ended at Strathcona Park, where a Reconciliation Expo will continue until 3 p.m. today.

      Update: Mayor Gregor Robertson has announced that the plazas of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Vancouver Art Gallery will be renamed to celebrate Indigenous peoples and commemorate reconciliation. He also said that flags from the Musqeuam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Wauthuth Nations will be displayed inside Vancouver's council chamber.

      Tens of thousands of people walked across the Georgia Viaduct.
      Charlie Smith
      Green Leader Elizabeth May and Green councillor Adriane Carr were among the throngs walking for reconciliation.