Media Advisory: Walk for Reconciliation - Organized by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Reconciliation Canada (RC)


May 29, 2015

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - Thousands of people will participate in the TRC and RC Walk for Reconciliation on May 31, 2015 in Ottawa, Ont.

Participants will walk in solidarity with survivors of Indian Residential Schools and to take a stand for better relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.

Joé Juneau (TRC Honourary Witness) and Clara Hughes (to be inducted as TRC Honourary Witness at the event) will be the speaking at the start of the walk at École Secondaire de l’Île in Gatineau.

At the Portage Bridge, TRC Commissioner Chief Wilton Littlechild will deliver welcoming remarks. Walkers will then continue to Marion Dewar Plaza for cultural activities and entertainment.

Wab Kinew will MC the events at Ottawa City Hall, and performers include Elisapie Issac, Digging Roots and Amanda Rhéaume.

The Walk for Reconciliation is a part of the TRC’s closing events taking place from May 31 to June 3 in Ottawa, Ont.

DATE: May 31, 2015
TIME: Program starts at 11AM, Walk from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Cultural activities and entertainment from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: Walk begins at École Secondaire de l’Île, Short route starts from Victoria Island (West side of Portage Bridge); Walk ends at Marion Dewar Plaza. A full route map can be provided.
WEBSITE: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=830

About the TRC

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to tell Canadians about the 150-year history of the schools in part through the statements of those whose lives were affected by them. The TRC seeks to guide and inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

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For more information:

Caitlin Kealey
613.818.7956
caitlin@mediastyle.ca