Peace Walk, for Indigenous Reconciliation
On June 11th, 2008, Prime Minister Harper issued an historic apology to the Indigenous people of Canada, and in particular, to the former students of Indian Residential Schools. This was an initial step in the important cross-cultural healing process for many. In commemoration of this day, Aspen, the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary, and Fort Calgary have been co-hosting a peaceful annual walk from the north lawn of the Harry Hays building to Fort Calgary, with walking sticks displaying the names of all residential schools in Alberta. This symbolic walk, now in its 7th year, is followed by a lunch and guest speaker session at Fort Calgary. It offers an opportunity to reflect on the past, and together build on the positives along the journey to reconciliation.