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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Nelson Mandela Freedom Walk

 

The Nelson Mandela Legacy Committee (Mandela Legacy Canada) held its inaugural Nelson Mandela Freedom Walk on Saturday June 20, 2015 commencing at University Avenue (Nelson Mandela Blvd.) and Armory Street, and culminating with speeches and music on the south lawn of Ontario’s Legislative Building. In keeping with Catholic Gospel Values, the purpose of the Freedom Walk is to commemorate the social justice ideals of the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, mark the 25th Anniversary of his first visit to Canada (June 19, 1990 whereby he addressed over 20,000 at Queen’s Park) and celebrate Aboriginal Heritage:

 

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  • We respect and value our diversity
  • We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination
  • We stand against oppression, abuse and violence
  • We seek dignity, justice and equal opportunities for all
  • We commit to an equitable and inclusive society

 

The Walk was comprised of over 500 hundred participants inclusive of students, parents, union groups, community organizations, social activists, etc…The Community Relations Department, based on the involvement of Ericka Aguilera-Morales (CRO – Areas 5 and 6) and Kirk Mark (Senior Coordinator), facilitated representation from TCDSB students, staff and stakeholders with students from Sacred Heart CS and Brebeuf College School (see photos).
 
The gathering at Queen’s Park with the Host of the Ceremony, Farley Flex (Canadian Idol Judge), commenced with an Aboriginal Prayer and Blessing by Andrew Wesley (representative from the Moose Cree Nation), the singing of the Canadian and South African National Anthems and rendition of “Dream” (TDSB Nelson Mandela Park Public School), remarks from Ontario Premier – Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory, His Excellency Membathsis Mdladlana (High Commissioner – South Africa) and Hon. David Onley (former Lieutenant Governor – Ontario), followed by a keynote from Dr. Akua Benjamin (Professor – Ryerson University) on equity, and various performing artists (see attached).
 
Mandela Legacy Canada plans to make this an annual event with the goal of attracting other Canadian cities in the near future.

 

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