About 3,000 people are walking from Gatineau, Que., to downtown Ottawa in an effort to “transform and renew” the relationship between aboriginal people and other Canadians as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada prepares to release its final report.
The event is one of many taking place from May 31 to June 3 during a week-long closing ceremony for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
The commission, struck in 2009, has been writing an exhaustive history of the residential school system. The commissioners interviewed more than 7,000 people across the country, and the final report, which is expected to be released on June 2, will span six volumes and include more than two million words.
The 4.7-kilometre walk for reconciliation started at 255 Saint-Rédempteur St. in Gatineau, and will cross the Ottawa River along the Portage Bridge, pass Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial, and end at Ottawa City Hall on Elgin Street at about 1:30 p.m. ET.
The commission says that “while it may sound simple, the act of gathering and walking and sharing our stories can join us all in a shared commitment to creating a new way forward in our relationships with each other.”
The CBC’s Waubgeshig Rice is covering the walk, and you can check out his live tweets below.
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