Forever in our Hearts: Truth, Trust, Transcend
ਸਰਬੱਤ ਦਾ ਭਲਾ- Truth, Trust, and Transcend
On June 27, 2021, Canada's Multiculturalism Day, OGV held an event at the Bear Creek park, Surrey in the memory of the thousands of the Indigenous children who never came home from Residential Schools, the London Family and collectively for all victims and survivors of racism, discrimination and harassment. The event focused on moving our hearts as well as our minds.
Today, most Canadians are committed to spreading kindness, raising awareness and giving respect to all. We believe that the next step after accepting the dark truth about systemic racism in out past as well as in our present, is to build trust through initiating active and continuous community dialogue. This event was set out to start that community conversation towards building an Inclusive Canada.
Children and adults painted and distributed stones throughout the park. Guests tied ribbons and lit candles in the memory of the victims as well as in hope for a better future.
The Indigenous Community educator and various other dedicated grass roots community leaders shared their views on how we can move forward by taking individual active action. Counselling services were made available by the volunteers of Moving Forward society.
We thank all the societies, groups and families who came to build bridges and start dialogue towards inclusive Canada. Special thanks to our OGV volunteers for making this event so welcoming for all our guests.
Supporting partners: City of Surrey, Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Circle Association, Shan-e-Punjab Art club, Malwa Folk Art Centre, Dance with FilmE Academy, Sikh Riders Canada, Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians, Channel Punjabi, Akal Football Club, Chetna Association of Canada, Vancouver with Naveed Waraich, Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia, Moving Forward Family Services, Kids Play and others.
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Together we can, together we will.