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Canoe gatherings at False Creek in Vancouver highlight an event dedicated to survivors of Canada's notorious residential-school system

Gerda Mathias, left, and Rocky Mathias-Joe, of the Squamish First Nation, wait to board a canoe at Reconciliation Week in Vancouver.

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An all Nations Canoe Gathering makes its way up False Creek from Vanier Park to Science World in Vancouver Sept. 17.

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A canoe gathering marks the opening to the Week of Reconciliation, to be held in Vancouver.

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An all Nations Canoe Gathering at Science World in Vancouver September 17, 2013 where they were welcomed in a traditional ceremony to the Coast Salish lands. Canoe gathering marks the opening to the Week of Reconciliation to be held in Vancouver.

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A native elder watches as an all Nations Canoe Gathering at Science World in Vancouver September 17. B.C. has called Sept. 16 to 22 Reconciliation Week, and UBC has suspended most classes on its Vancouver campus.

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