Happy National Aboriginal Day from the Reconciliation Canada team!

Jun 21, 2017

2017 is a year of significant reflection, and Canadian society is on the verge of transformational change.
This National Aboriginal Day, we at Reconciliation Canada are asking you what you can do to forward reconciliation within your own community? Take the time to speak about our shared Canadian history with your children, friends and family members. As an act of reconciliation, we invite you to participate in our Walk for Reconciliation on September 24th in Vancouver—registration is now open! Click here to register now

Given the shared desire for a new way forward in Canada, we can all take this monumental opportunity to embrace a space for openness and real dialogue to create a mutual vision of the next 150 years.

We wish you all a great National Aboriginal Day.


In the Spirit of Reconciliation: An Intergenerational Gathering

May 1, 2017
Reconciliation Canada gathered spiritual leaders, elders and youth to reflect on the spiritual aspect of reconciliation and to learn from a rich diversity of perspectives, lived experiences, traditional teachings and cultural backgrounds. This intergenerational gathering was called “In the Spirit of Reconciliation”, and took place from April 5th to 7th, 2017, at Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba.

Reconciliation Canada developed “In the Spirit of Reconciliation: An Intergenerational Gathering” within a framework of Indigenous values and traditions. The gathering included ceremonies, elders and youth shared their experiences, insights gained, and how to move reconciliation forward in respective home communities across Canada.

“For us at Reconciliation Canada, the gathering of spiritual leaders and youth became an affirmation that the concept of reconciliation is an ancient one that is embedded in the history of Peoples around the world.  It’s the teachings that speak to people about how we treat one another,” said Shelley Joseph, Lead, Dialogue Workshop Facilitator and Cultural & Wellness Advisor at Reconciliation Canada.

We are incredibly grateful to have partnered with Turtle Lodge, International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness. For more information about Turtle Lodge, visit their website.

Karen Joseph speaking at Turtle Lodge

Karen Joseph, CEO, speaking at Reconciliation Canada’s In the Spirit of Reconciliation: An Intergenerational Gathering (April 2017)

 

Chief Joseph at In the Spirit of Reconciliation: An Intergenerational Gathering

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Reconciliation Canada Ambassador speaking at In the Spirit of Reconciliation: An Intergenerational Gathering (April 2017)

Dialogue circle at In the Spirit of Reconciliation: An Intergenerational Gathering

Dialogue circle at In the Spirit of Reconciliation: An Intergenerational Gathering (April 2017)

Discussion group at In the Spirit of Reconciliation: An Intergenerational Gathering

Discussion groups at In the Spirit of Reconciliation: An Intergenerational Gathering (April 2017)


‘In The Spirit of Reconciliation’ is part of Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy a Canada 150 Signature Project and is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

‘Dans un esprit de réconciliation’ est un partie de Réconciliation en action : une stratégie d’engagement nationale est un projet de premier plan de Canada 150. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.

 

Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy,
a Canada 150 Signature Project, is funded in part by the Government of Canada

Réconciliation en action : une stratégie d’engagement nationale
est un projet de premier plan de Canada 150. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.

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In addition, we acknowledge the generous financial support of The Sprott Foundation, Sisters of St. Ann, and The Anglican Healing Fund in making the delivery of this event possible.


Beau Dick – Until We Meet Again

Mar 28, 2017
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear friend and family member, Beau Dick. Beau passed away last night just before midnight. Beau was a son, brother, father, brother, nephew, Chief, master carver, mesmerizing orator, mentor, a leader and so much more. He was a prolific artist whose work perpetuated the culture and traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. A man of infinite generosity and tremendous spirit, his loss will be felt throughout many families, communities and nations. We at Reconciliation Canada will keep in our hearts many memories of Beau including his magnificent contribution to the Walk for Reconciliation in 2013 with the design & creation of the start site, stage and masks along the route.

To his children, grandchildren, mother and all who loved him, we send our love and strength during this difficult time of saying ‘until we meet again’.



Statement on Sixties Scoop Ontario Superior Court Ruling

Feb 16, 2017

All of us at Reconciliation Canada extend our love to all the individuals that were a part of and affected by the Sixties Scoop — a dark period in Canadian history that continues to impact thousands of individuals and communities to this day.

This week, an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the federal government failed to protect the cultural identity of Indigenous children who were forcibly taken from their homes and communities during the Sixties Scoop era.

With this landmark ruling, we take a step forward in the reconciliation process. May the survivors celebrate this liberating court decision and begin to find healing and reconciliation in your lives.

‘Namwayut – We Are All One.


Statement on the tragedy in Quebec City

Jan 30, 2017

We send our love.

We are extremely shocked and saddened hearing of the tragedy in Quebec City. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families, friends and community members.

At this time it is important for us to reach out and to care for each other. We at Reconciliation Canada want our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community to know that we stand with you.

We need to live out the vision of an inclusive Canada. To all people in this country, we want to remind you that you are welcome, accepted, and are part of the Canadian family.

The urgent call for all peoples in Canada to answer and act for reconciliation is now.

After all, ‘Namwayut – We Are All One.


Welcoming Gordon Holley to the Reconciliation Canada Board of Directors!


 
We are excited to announce that Gordon Holley has joined the Reconciliation Canada – A New Way Forward Society Board! Gordon has been appointed to the role of Treasurer of the Reconciliation Canada – A New Way Forward Society Board.

The Reconciliation Canada – A New Way Forward Society Board accepted the resignation of Michelle Grant, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. We are so grateful for the incredible work that Michelle brought to Reconciliation Canada and we wish her the best in her future endeavours.

Gordon Holley is the President and CEO of Humanity Financial Management Inc. As a CPA, CA for almost 25 years now, Gordon loves helping individuals and organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.

In his role at Humanity Financial, Gordon sees the stress and anxiety produced by finances and financial reporting for many not-for-profit-organizations (NFPOs), charity board members, and senior staff. He excels at providing financial oversight to small to mid-size NFPOs and charities to help them better manage their internal finances and financial budgeting and reporting. Ultimately, his company hopes to instil confidence and credibility in organizations by streamlining their internal financial management so that they can focus their energies on their programs.

Gordon has chosen to work in the not-for-profit sector because he believes that it has not only the biggest opportunities for improvement, but includes the added bonus of being filled with the people he enjoys working with the most. He says, “Life is too short not to feel like you are making a meaningful contribution and working with people that you really enjoy.” He is happy to leverage his company’s financial expertise to make a meaningful contribution to people and organizations that are trying to make the world a better place and finds inspiration from the individuals who work tirelessly for their causes.

“Many people think that working with numbers is dry and boring,” he says, “but I ultimately work with people – and I love it when I can make their lives easier and less stressful. Working with numbers allows me to do that and I love it.”

We are incredibly excited to work with Gordon and look forward to all the positive change he will be bring!


Re-learning Canada’s history has led me to the reconciliation movement

Dec 15, 2016
As a Nisga’a and Kwakwaka’wakw woman, learning about the history of colonialization and impacts that government decisions have had on First Nations people has greatly impacted my life.

Becoming aware of the injustices that have been orchestrated by the Canadian government has changed how I viewed the world. It has fueled my commitment to find solutions and work towards the betterment of our communities.

For me, reconciliation is about ending the cycle of violence within and toward our communities. It is about identifying hope, strengthening our culture and working towards our aspirations. Being aware of our shared history has inspired me to be an activist, to find solutions and take action on creating a better way forward.

You can take action with me today.

 
Make a gift to support reconciliation now

 

Reconciliation is one of many movements that seek to change the way Canadians see Indigenous peoples. I am really encouraged to see how much the message of reconciliation has resonated with the City of Vancouver staff and Mayor and Council.

For me, it is inspiring to see how much impact this movement of reconciliation is having on all peoples.

Reconciliation Canada has given us a chance to reflect on what this country can become, showing us a path that is more inclusive and respectful.

I believe that together we can create a new Canada where all Canadians celebrate and accept Indigenous cultures as an integral part of who we are as a nation and a country.

Join me in a making a gift to support this vision.

 

YES, I want to make a gift to support reconciliation in Canada

 

Thank you,

Ginger Gosnell-Myers
Aboriginal Relations Manager at the City of Vancouver

P.S. Even a small gift can make a difference. Support Reconciliation Canada today!


Ginger’s story is the last in a series of four impact stories that Reconciliation Canada is sharing with you this holiday season. By making a gift, you invest in Reconciliation Canada’s charitable programs and organizational capacity to engage increasing numbers of Indigenous peoples and all Canadians in reconciliation. These impact stories coincide with the annual Giving Tuesday movement on November 29, 2016, which encourages giving and volunteering during the holiday season.

Did you miss Troy’s impact story? You can read about his experience with reconciliation here.


Path to reconciliation is about the small steps

Dec 7, 2016
From the beginning, I felt that I was bearing witness to something important.

Attending the Reconciliation Leadership Learning Experience (RLLE) allowed me to recognize that I was a young leader. I learned that I could make an impact on my community, and that I had an active voice in reconciliation.

RLLE helped me identifying my role in reconciliation. I gained a firm understanding of what I will do in reconciliation. How I can influence the communities I’m part of. How I can bring RLLE experience with me everywhere I go.

 
YES, I want to make a gift to support reconciliation in Canada

 
I believe the path to reconciliation is about the small steps that each and every one of us can take in our own lives. This could be as simple as acknowledging our history, acknowledging the traditional territories, or walking in the Walk for Reconciliation.

You can take a step today too.

I wish every school could witness what I witnessed. I wish that students could hear Chief Joseph speak in every school, participate in the RLLE and other workshops. I wish Reconciliation Canada could provide such opportunities across Canada. And they can with your support.

My hope is that telling my own story will touch someone to start thinking about their own role in reconciliation.
 

YES, I want to empower young leaders in reconciliation

 
Reconciliation is a process that starts with you, creating a ripple effect across the country. Join me, and Reconciliation Canada, in supporting reconciliation in Canada.

Thank you,

Troy Barnes
A member of a Klahoose Nation and Vancouver Island University student

P.S. You can make a difference for someone just like me. Support Reconciliation Canada today!


Troy’s story is the third in a line of four impact stories that Reconciliation Canada will share with you this holiday season. By making a gift, you invest in Reconciliation Canada’s charitable programs and organizational capacity to engage increasing numbers of Indigenous peoples and all Canadians in reconciliation. These impact stories coincide with the annual Giving Tuesday movement on November 29, 2016, which encourages giving and volunteering during the holiday season.

Have you missed the first impact story? You can read how Simran’s perspective has changed since he first attended a Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop for young adults here



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