Corporations can help healing: King 0
Dr. Bernice A. King (centre), daughter of U.S. civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers the keynote address at the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday September 22, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
The rain came down on thousands of umbrellas in downtown Vancouver Sunday, as Dr. Bernice King called for Canada’s corporations to take part in the plight of aboriginal and marginalized Canadians.
Stressing economic empowerment and emancipation, King — daughter of iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — said leadership is the key to ending the woes of Canada’s aboriginal people.
During her 20-minute speech prior to the Walk for Reconciliation, the Baptist minister said corporations must play a part in the process of healing aboriginal communities.
“They must concentrate their powerful forces on bringing economic emancipation to First Nations,” said King. “Economic insecurity strangles the physical and the cultural growth of its victims.”
The walk was the latest effort to bring attention to and encourage solutions to the problems faced by Canada’s First Nations in the past, as well as be part of the reconciliation process for the country’s residential school system.
King urged those in attendance to not succumb to apathy.
“There’s no single solution,” said King. “One thing I can say, this is no day to pay lip service to the process.”
Hedy Fry, Liberal MP for Vancouver Centre, was on hand and agreed with King that empowerment is important.
“Many times everyone has tried to tell aboriginal people how, what, where, when,” said Fry. “They need to able to be self-sustaining, self-governing, self-determining and I think this may very well be the start of that.”