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General · 15th March 2015
Immigrant Welcome Centre
Make your steps meaningful – Take part in the 19th annual Walk Away from Racism on Saturday, March 21.
This year’s Walk will focus on a significant moment in history – the demolition of St. Michael’s Indian Residential School in Alert Bay in mid-March.
The school's demise is an ideal time to pursue dialogue, reconciliation and solidarity with First Nations as we all establish a positive, more inclusive future together.
Thousands of North Coast aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families and sent to St Michael's, which closed in 1974.
At the school, students were forbidden to speak their language and often suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
A powerful healing and reconciliation ceremony took place in Alert Bay in February to recognize the importance of the end of the St. Michael's.
At the walk, participants will also hear from aboriginal leaders, elders and cultural performers as we all take steps to prepare for a positive journey together.
The Walk Against Racism starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the Campbell River Community Centre, 401-11th Avenue.

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