Let it be written, Let it be done.

The gathering of Truth and Reconciliation Commission ended with the walk in solidarity with the aboriginals and non-aboriginals.  Thousands braved the day in a wet, wild, and wonderful walk.

We were banging drums, singing traditional songs, wearing button blankets and hats as we marched along the Georgia Street.

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The stories told were very horrific and sad about the treatment the aboriginals received from the white people especially at the residential schools.  These are the survivors who came to have their stories documented for the history books.

As horrific as it was, the gathering will be the beginning of a journey toward reconciliation. Canada is stepping forward to share the pain it created.  From here, we can move towards healing.

The keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.

One day, you’ll be able to join hands together and say in the words of my father and it will be a truth in this nation.  Free at last, free at last, and thank God almighty we are free at last.”

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
Chief Dan George

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4 thoughts on “Let it be written, Let it be done.

  1. It is so good you were able to participate and now report about this.

    I had heard on CBC radio about another racist editorial from the Nanaimo daily news, that basically said to our first nations people “get over it.” Right – sure thing- try to get over colonization.

    Maybe the key is for people to get over the colonization and “power over” mentality. Or “I have the truth, and it’s the only truth.”

    Really wonderful there was such a large turnout to the event & I love the Chief Dan George . . . “my heart soars”

    • Hi Bruce,
      It is an honor to be with the First Nations. Who ever made that racist remark I hope that person will not be caught in the similar situation where we have to tell “get over it.” There is no such thing as forgive and forget. Forgive and remember. In remembering, we learn.

      Chief George would be very proud and I have a copy of his book. And you know where the quote came from!

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