Before the welcoming address, there were four men singing and playing drums together, and I remember noting how impressive it was how their singing was so cohesive yet also so complex in the way they constantly switch tone.
There were tons of tents sent up with resources and information about ways to get involved in the community, as well as games and activities for everyone (there was a huge chess board set up where all the pieces were 3 or 4 feet tall! There was also tons of food being given out for free, as each person attending was given a ticket for a bbq item and a piece of bannock.
I was really glad I got to attend this event, particularly because of the incredible display of mutual respect between communities that I witnessed. Surrey is a very ethnically diverse city, and at the celebration today that diversity really showed, and in such a positive way. I think that despite the fact that we all come from different places and have different personal histories, we can unite and work towards reconciliation together, as communities that respect each other and work alongside each other.