Reconciliation Week 2013 Pics

We were blessed to attend many Reconciliation Week Events on Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, BC in September 2013.  Organizers chose the theme "Numwayut - We Are All One' ... and there was a strong spirit of interconnectivity across Nations, ages, and beliefs that week at events around Vancouver.

Reconciliation means acknowledging the past so that we can have a better understanding of our current situation to enable us to move forward together in more respectful and inclusive ways.

Here's some pictures of Reconciliation Week 2013: Canoes arriving for Reconciliation Week All Nations Canoe Gathering

Reconciliation Week All Nations Canoe Spiritlink

 

Pride Parade Vancouver Reconciliation Canada Float with DJ O Show

 

Kristin and Felicia Greekas Reconciliation Canada Float at Gay Pride Parade Vancouver 2013

The Globe and Mail article, Prosperous, self-reliant First Nations are in everyone’s interest explains, "Aboriginal communities benefiting from self-directed economic development see reduced mortality, infectious and chronic disease, fewer mental health issues and less substance abuse."

Let's face it... the basic concept is that I will 'cost the system' less if I can 'earn and contribute' more. Empowered, educated, healthy individuals have a better chance of reaching their own potential and building stronger, more inclusive communities. But it is necessary to acknowledge a history of past injustices, rampant racism, and on-going systemic oppression that continues to limit many Aboriginal people from fully participating in Canada's economy.

To learn more about Reconciliation Canada initiatives and the events from September 2013, visit http://reconciliationcanada.ca/events/