by Kaisa McCandless | [email protected]
Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:32AM PST
On March 7 and 8 over 90 individuals representing 45 front line agencies came together at the Musqueam Community Centre for the Urban Aboriginal/Bright New Day Reconciliation Circle.
The two-day dialogue involved a diverse group of participants who were roughly half Aboriginal and non-aboriginal and included: Aboriginal and community service agencies, neighbourhood houses, faith organizations, the City of Vancouver, the provincial government, educational institutions, and the corporate sector along with the Vancouver Police Department and RCMP.
The event was an important opportunity to build bridges and increase dialogue between individuals and organizations that regularly interact with the urban Aboriginal community. Many participants expressed what a rare and significant opportunity it was to have the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, Vancouver Police and RCMP present.
The dialogue left a lasting impact for many. In the words of one participant “I attended the event and found it to be an extraordinary and life changing occurrence”.