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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Walk for Reconciliation


The Walk for Reconciliation this past Sunday was a great success. Although I struggled to get my sleepy and sick self out of bed on Sunday morning, it was such a moving experience to be a part of. Over 70,000 people united on the rainy streets of Vancouver to walk for human rights and understanding.

Despite the pouring rain, we all stood together for several hours in a sea of umbrellas. It was great to be apart of something so big. The video below was uploaded by Reconciliation Canada on Youtube, and shows some of the highlights from the event.

 

Upon finishing, each person was given a tiny wooden block. These gifts were created by school kids throughout BC who were being taught about the reconciliation process. Each block had a word written on it, with the other side uniquely decorated by a child. The one I received said the word "Courage" on it, and has some adorable pink flowers.



Courage is certainly a great virtue to live by, and I treasure the token for what it represents. I'm glad I participated in this important event and I feel very humbled by it.

6 comments:

  1. Seems like a very powerful experience! the little wooden block is so cute :P

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    1. Thanks Reut! It definitely was very meaningful. I love the little wooden block and "courage" is a great word to live up to. I've actually put it on my coffee table as a little decoration.

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  2. Aw that wooden block is really cute! It's great to see that there are so many people who are still willing to do this :) in this somewhat selfish world today it's nice that there are also people who still find this important!

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    1. Thanks Kimberley! I agree. The world feels so big and mean sometimes, it's always great to get to experience something amazing like this. =)

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  3. looks like it was an amazing and powerful event. so nice to get a little meaningful token to keep and bring back the feelings of that day.
    Makes me realise my bleak view on reconciliation in this country, South Africa, where I am living as a foreigner: nothing seems reconciled; humans and nature aren't reconciled, they are more at war with each other and all the different groups, races, economic classes and religious believers also seem miles away from reconciliation...

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    1. Hi Britta. This definitely was a powerful event, and I've already put my little "Courage" token on display in my living room.
      I can only imagine how different things are in South Africa and I hope things can eventually be resolved. People fighting with one another or the environment only create an unsustainable and self-defeating future. Hopefully with time and understanding things can also be reconciled over there. I really enjoy your insight about South Africa since I've never traveled there myself. It must have been an adjustment moving there as a foreigner.

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