Join Archdeacon Travis Enright and other local faith and Indigenous community members in the Walk for Common Ground 2019, from May 31 to June 14, 2019. Over 15 days, team of 30 core walkers will journey 350 km from Edmonton (leaving Ivor Dent Park at 2 pm on Friday) to Calgary.
Along the way they will stop in 15 different communities to engage in conversations around our responsibilities as Treaty partners. Every evening walkers will facilitate a short Treaty teaching session followed by a Talking Circle. The intention is to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens in reflection and dialogue about the myths, facts and obligations of Treaty relationships and create a safe space to explore better future possibilities.
- The walk will arrive at St. Columba Anglican Church in Beaumont on May 31 and the Treaty Talk will be held from 7-9 pm. Walkers will leave from Beaumont on June 1 at 10 am.
- Walkers will arrive at St. Mary's Anglican Church in Ponoka on June 5 and the Treaty Talk will be held from 7-9 pm. The walk will leave Ponoka at 10 am on June 6.
Ways to Participate:
- Pray for the walkers and for our efforts to restore Treaty relationships.
- Join the walk for the day. If you plan to walk as a day walker, no pre-registration is required. You can join us for any length of the walk that day. We will normally be walking between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and if you plan to walk for the day, you will need to bring your own bag lunch. You will also need to secure your own pick up and drop off arrangements.
- Depending on the evening’s venue, there may be an opportunity for day walkers to join the talking circle at 7:00 pm. This will be totally dependent upon the capacity of the hosting venue.
- The walk will invite us to adopt a posture of simplicity and trust. It will be an opportunity to walk, talk and build new relationships. We also hope that participants will find time for some purposeful reflection around how they can continue to take meaningful actions in restoring Treaty relationships with Indigenous people.
- For those who are unable to walk for a variety of reasons, support can also be given through prayer, food, water, monetary donations or simply stopping by along the road to say hello.