Bringing Our Children Home series



When we hosted gatherings for the 215 children found buried at the Kamloops (Tk’emlups) Residential School, we knew that more graves would soon be found.

And now they have; and the grief continues.

We mourn the loss of all the children who never came home. Collectively we are in deep pain and many are searching for support and seeking guidance for what to do next, how to heal, and how to respond.

We invite you to join our live gathering, Bringing Our Children Home series, every Tuesday (4:00 PM PST) and Saturday (10:00 AM PST) to discuss the future of reconciliation.

Candy Palmater, Mi’maw comedian and host of the Candy Show, will moderate a discussion on how we are all building the Reconciliation movement, exploring ideas that will help shape the future of Canada. All are invited and encouraged to attend this exceptional learning opportunity.

This and future gatherings will feature Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and CEO Karen Joseph alongside an expert panel of guest speakers.

Join the event on Zoom (link below) or Facebook Live. 

Zoom sign up: SIGN UP NOW
Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/ReconciliationCanada/events/?ref=page_internal

YouTube Live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaI06PgEL_UPxgCLVS3Pq3w


Mental Health Resources:

If you need help, please reach out. You can locate mental health resources here: 

Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS):
1-800-721-0066

Kids Help Phone:
 1-800-6686868 or text 686868

Suicide Crisis Line:
1-800-784-2432

Battered Women’s Support Services:
1-855-687-1868

IRS National Crisis Line:
1-866-925-4419

Tsow-Tun Le Lum Crisis Line:
1-888-403-3123

Ku-Us Crisis Line:
1-800-588-8717


Get Involved:

We are humbled by your messages of support, strength and resilience. Your support allows us to engage all Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize relationships and lay the framework for a new way forward.

Reconciliation Canada:

Donate: https://reconciliationcanada.ca/donate 
How can you get involved: https://reconciliationcanada.ca/get-involved/how-to-get-involved/


Rewatch the gathering: 

All of our gatherings are recorded and uploaded on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please share with your friends and family who could not make it to the gathering. 

RC Facebook: https://fb.me/e/1uCFGY5az
RC YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKs1gCavn1rY36XSx1_GeQg


To find out more about the impact of your support, upcoming events and more, sign up for our newsletter at https://reconciliationcanada.ca/news-events/e-newsletters/.


Marketing and Communications Manager

Jun 17, 2021

Employee, 40 hours per week, Reconciliation Canada, North Vancouver, BC

Position Overview

Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among
Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Our model for reconciliation engages people in open and honest conversation to understand our diverse histories and experiences. We actively engage multi-faith and multi-cultural communities to explore the meaning of reconciliation.

The Marketing and Communications Manager will contribute to the development and implementation of Reconciliation Canada’s national marketing and communications strategy that will engage civil society, private/corporate sector, Indigenous peoples, general public and post-secondary education institutions across Canada.

Core Values & Beliefs

  •  ‘Namwayut – We are All One
  • Dignity
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Understanding
  • Courage

Position Type: Employee, permanent, full time, 40 hours per week
Start date: as soon as possible
Location: Reconciliation Canada Office at 206, 1999 Marine Drive, North Vancouver & remote
Reports to: CEO

Deliverables & Duties

  • Develop and implement Reconciliation Canada’s national marketing and communications strategy, in collaboration with CEO
  • Manage the implementation and delivery of all Reconciliation Canada’s marketing and communications activities and materials including but not limited to print and online materials, newsletters, fundraising and campaign materials, speeches, and presentations
  • Manage and oversee a team of Marketing and Communications team members (2-4 people) and volunteers
  • Measure the success of Reconciliation Canada’s marketing and communications strategy on a regular basis, escalating concerns and making recommendations for changes as required
  • Manage Reconciliation Canada’s relationships with external contractors, including marketing, communications, branding, public relations and graphic design
  • Manage and coordinate public relations activities, including but not limited to writing press releases, media relations, media clippings, media monitoring and research
  • Develop social media strategy and oversee Marketing and Communications team members on day-to-day social media content and calendar
  • Ensure articulation of Reconciliation Canada’s desired brand, assure consistent communication of image and position throughout the organization as according to brand guide, and assure communication of image and position to all constituencies, both internal and external
  • Steward a strong culture based on our core values and reflective of our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Support the team with additional duties as required

Skills & Experience
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with knowledge and interest in marketing and communications management to support an organization on a national level that has already made a significant impact in BC. The successful candidate will support the CEO and will work collaboratively with a high-performance staff team.

Specific requirements include:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of experience in non-profit marketing and communications management
  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Experience developing social media strategy and content
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams of paid staff and volunteers
  • Skills in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and/or Illustrator an asset
  • French language skills are an asset
  • High level of intercultural sensitivity and interest in Indigenous issues
  • Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently
  • Negotiation, interpersonal, organization, planning and communication skills
  • Ability to multitask, analyze, and problem solve in a fast-paced organization
  • Confident working with a wide range of social groups
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to people engagement
  • Passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Reconciliation Canada values diversity and is an organization that is welcoming of all cultures, educational backgrounds, age, gender, sexual orientation, and abilities. As an Indigenous-led organization, we recognize and celebrate the diversity of all peoples, and promote cultural competencies of each employee.

We are committed to respecting diversity within our workforce and specifically to increasing the number of Indigenous employees within our organization. As preference may be given to qualified Indigenous applicants, we ask that they self-identify in our recruitment and staffing processes.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Sunday, August 8, 2021. Please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Community Engagement Manager


Employee, 6 months contract, 40 hours per week, Reconciliation Canada, North Vancouver, BC

Position Overview
Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Our model for reconciliation engages people in open and honest conversation to understand our diverse histories and experiences. We actively engage multi-faith and multi-cultural communities to explore the meaning of reconciliation.

Reporting to the Director of Program Development, the Community Engagement Manager has operational responsibility for Reconciliation Canada community engagement initiatives, including but not limited to dialogue workshop development, management and delivery. The role requires leadership in building and maintaining relationships with community partners throughout the Indigenous, non-profit, corporate and government sectors, large-scale conference and event management, and facilitation experience.

Core Values & Beliefs

  • ‘Namwayut – We are All One
  • Dignity
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Understanding
  • Courage

Position Type: Employee, full time, 40 hours per week
Start date: as soon as possible
Position term: 6 months, with the possibility of extension
Location: Reconciliation Canada Office at 206, 1999 Marine Drive, North Vancouver & remote
Reports to: Director of Program Development

Deliverables & Duties

  • Manage a portfolio of community engagement initiatives, including but not limited to: dialogue workshop design and development, partnership development, management of participant, health and wellness, logistics, documentation and evaluation
  • Build and maintain critical relationships with local, regional, provincial and national partners to ensure all community engagement programs and events are regionally and territorially appropriate and successful in each community
  • Leverage key community partners to build community-based interest and awareness for opportunity to engage with Reconciliation Canada programming
  • Develop the community engagement data collection and evaluation strategies
  • Co-facilitate dialogue-based initiatives, including but not limited to: Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops
  • Regularly assess with Director of Program Development and CEO, the progress of all portfolio initiatives, identifying risks and developing mitigating tactics to ensure success
  • Produce reporting as required to enable organizational objectives
  • Enable the success of the department and the achievement of organizational objectives by helping with other duties, as required
  • Steward a strong culture based on our core values and reflective of our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

Skills & Experience
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with knowledge and interest in community engagement and facilitation to support an organization on a national level that has already made a significant impact in BC. The successful candidate will support the Director of Program Development and will work collaboratively with a high-performance staff team.

Specific requirements include:

  • At least 5 years of experience in cross-cultural community engagement
  • Experience working directly with Indigenous communities, with a strong understanding of the reconciliation process
  • Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills
  • Experience designing and hosting dialogue-based events
  • Strong facilitation skills and past experience with cross-cultural dialogue
  • Confident working with a wide range of social groups
  • Strong leadership skills to manage program development and delivery
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to operational management
  • Passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Reconciliation Canada values diversity and is an organization that is welcoming of all cultures, educational backgrounds, age, gender, sexual orientation, and abilities. As an Indigenous-led organization, we recognize and celebrate the diversity of all peoples, and promote cultural competencies of each employee.

We are committed to respecting diversity within our workforce and specifically to increasing the number of Indigenous employees within our organization. As preference may be given to qualified Indigenous applicants, we ask that they self-identify in our recruitment and staffing processes.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Sunday, August 22, 2021.

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Honouring 215 Children

May 28, 2021
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, delivered a crucial interview on the discovery of 215 Children on CBC

On Thursday the remains of 215 Indigenous children were discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops (Tk’emlups) Residential School. This devastating discovery resulted in a wave of grief and trauma that has swept through our nations. We stand with the Secwépemc people, Indian Residential School Survivors, their families and their communities as they process this tragic loss.

We call on all of you to join Reconciliation Canada as we host an online gathering designed to create understanding of the impacts of this discovery and support the long-term healing of those affected. Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, delivered a crucial interview outlining the impact of this discovery on CBC this afternoon. You can locate mental health resources here:

  • A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
  • The Indian Residential School Survivors Society offers a crisis line for grief, crisis, and trauma counselling 1-800-721-0066.
  • For mental wellness and substance use, please visit https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/mental-wellness-and-substance-use
  • Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous-specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s toll-free and can be reached at 1-800-588-8717 or online at kuu-uscrisisline.com.

We invite you on this shared journey of truth-telling, mourning and responsibility. Now is the time for us to reflect critically on our values and the true meaning and role of Reconciliation in Canada.

Saturday: Honouring Children
Date: May 29th, 2021
Time: 9am PST – 10:30am PST
Watch the gathering again: https://fb.watch/5RnytvGMih/

Sunday: Your Ancestors Await You
Date: May 30th, 2021
Time: 9am PST – 10:30am PST
Watch the gathering again: https://fb.watch/5RnJHMI4DD/

Monday: Protocols & Ceremonies
Date: May 31st, 2021
Time: 9am PST – 10:30am PST
Watch the gathering again: https://fb.watch/5RnG4tNYYF/

Tuesday: Moving Forward Together
Date: Jun 1st, 2021
Time: 9am PST – 10:30am PST
Watch the gathering again: https://fb.watch/5TExu09uNW/


Introducing our newest member to the team!

Mar 22, 2021

 

Isaac Halas

Isaac is the most recent addition to our marketing and communications team. Isaac brings Reconciliation Canada a wealth of experience from his degree in Conflict Studies and Business, previous work in marketing strategy, and restorative justice processes. He is thrilled to be a part of such a passionate, dedicated, and inspiring team. He is enthusiastically engaged with, and pushing his understanding of, the Indigenous experience.

 

To him, Reconciliation means a willingness to have difficult conversations, and to share appreciation for each other’s differences. Reconciliation calls us to listen empathetically and problem-solve collectively. He believes communication and respect are the pillars of progress.

 

During his tenure at Reconciliation Canada, Isaac hopes to bring Canadians together in dialogues that benefit everyone and champion Reconciliation. Outside of work Isaac is a passionate outdoorsman, with a particular love of hiking.


Operations and People Engagement Manager

Jan 20, 2021

Operations and People Engagement Manager

Employee, full-time (40 hours per week), Reconciliation Canada, North Vancouver, BC

Position Overview

Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Our model for reconciliation engages people in open and honest conversation to understand our diverse histories and experiences. We actively engage multi-faith and multi-cultural communities to explore the meaning of reconciliation.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Operations and People Engagement Manager oversees the administrative systems, project management, and people engagement functions of the organization, including ​recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, building and updating central tools to assist with operations, programs and people engagement.

Core Values & Beliefs

  • ‘Namwayut – We are All One
  • Dignity
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Understanding
  • Courage

Position Type:​ Employee, full time, 40 hours per week
Location: ​Reconciliation Canada Office at 206, 1999 Marine Drive, North Vancouver & remote
Reports to​: COO

Deliverables & Duties

Operations

  • Develop and/or optimize Reconciliation Canada’s administrative and operations framework, IT infrastructure, policies and procedures
  • Manage and review all organization contracts, including insurance policies, office lease, vendors
  • Keep up to date and ensure protection and security of confidential files and records, including personnel files
  • Provide support with the preparation of annual budget and administration of the organization’s funds according to the approved budget

Programs and Initiatives

  • Support the CEO, COO and program managers with delivery, integration, management and coordination of all Reconciliation Canada’s programs and initiatives enabling consistency with established parameters (scope, time, budget)
  • Coordinate material preparation for the Board of Directors meetings, develop appropriate reports for the Board of Directors and provide logistical support as required for the Board

People Engagement

  • In collaboration with CEO, COO, and program managers, develop strategy and workforce plans for resourcing current and planned projects
  • Support the CEO and COO with monitoring and assessing organizational structure, team culture and workload on an ongoing basis, making recommendations as required
  • Support the team with additional duties as required
  • Steward a strong culture based on our core values and reflective of our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

Human Resources and Volunteer Engagement (as part of the HR team)

  • Support the recruitment process for staff, contractors and volunteers, ensuring all relevant sourcing and screening procedures are adhered to, and make hiring recommendations
  • Identify workforce skills/competencies gaps and make innovative recommendations for training and support solutions
  • Provide direction for the execution of best-practice strategies for human resources and volunteer engagement policies and procedures including recruitment, training and competency development, performance evaluation, onboarding and workforce retention
  • Liaise with the on HR trends/issues, coach staff and volunteers on dealing with conflicts and support these conversations as required

Skills & Experience

We are looking for someone with a broad understanding of non-profit management who has experience working in a dynamic, small organization with big dreams. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with operations and human resources experience in the non-profit sector to grow and further develop in an indigenous-led national organization.

Specific requirements include:

  • 5 or more years of experience in a similar role in a non-profit organization
  • Human resources and volunteer engagement experience. Experience with managing paid staff and volunteers
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
  • Entrepreneurial, proactive team player, who can effectively breakdown large pieces of work into activities and prioritize based on milestones and deadlines
  • Management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Strong written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate with senior management, board of directors, and staff
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Experience with G-suite tools (Gmail, Google Drive, etc.), project management tools (e.g. Asana)
  • Commitment to learning together, being kind to one another, supporting the health and vibrancy ​of the team, giving voice to ideas and concerns
  • Passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Reconciliation Canada values diversity and is an organization that is welcoming of all cultures, educational backgrounds, age, gender, sexual orientation, and abilities. As an Indigenous-led organization, we recognize and celebrate the diversity of all peoples, and promote cultural competencies of each employee.

We are committed to respecting diversity within our workforce and specifically to increasing the number of Indigenous employees within our organization. As preference may be given to qualified Indigenous applicants, we ask that they self-identify in our recruitment and staffing processes.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume at [email protected]by Sunday, January 31, 2021.

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We stand in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq community of Nova Scotia

Oct 17, 2020

Reconciliation Canada stands with the Mi’kmaq People who are lawfully trying to exercise their inherent right to fish as affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada 21 years ago.

Reconciliation Canada is horrified by the racial tension rising on the shores of Nova Scotia over the lobster fishery. It is inexcusable that the Mi’kmaq People still cannot exercise their inherent right to fish as affirmed in the landmark supreme court ruling in the case of Donald Marshall Jr.. The ruling affirmed that Mi’kmaq had the right to earn a moderate living from the fishery.

We are a nation that cherishes the rule of law. But we also stand proudly on the premise that this law is entrenched solidly on the redeeming notions of justice and equality.

So, why are we here in this moment confronted with signs of hatred, violence and vigilantism?

Why is the verdict of our highest court in the land not applied, not honoured? Twenty-one years is far too long. We have all failed the Mi’kmaq.

Our relationship, Indigenous and non-indigenous, is on trial once again, just as it was on the Wetsuwaten stand-off.

Reconciliation Canada calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to engage his high office’s influence to bring all the parties together to seek resolution mutually. To call for peace and reconciliation that creates a pathway forward that is inclusive and shares prosperity.

We call on the Minister of Fisheries and the Department of Fisheries to avail all of its resources and expertise to expedite a process that will lead to mutual agreement and benefit.

To the RCMP, keep the peace and protect and serve.

To all others, call for a peaceful and just solution to this precarious conflict.

Let us try to advance reconciliation. Namwayut- We are all one.


Community Engagement Coordinator (Intern)

Aug 19, 2020

Community Engagement Coordinator

Employee (Intern), 35 hours per week, Reconciliation Canada, North Vancouver, BC

Position Overview

Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Our model for reconciliation engages people in open and honest conversation to understand our diverse histories and experiences. We actively engage multi-faith and multi-cultural communities to explore the meaning of reconciliation.

Reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer, the Community Engagement Coordinator will enable the successful delivery of all Community Engagement (CE) initiatives through the coordination of all logistics associated with the successful delivery of CE and outreach initiatives including but not limited to: participant and partner outreach, speaking engagement, event, presentation and workshop logistics. The Coordinator is a proactive, team-oriented individual with a passion for the mission of Reconciliation Canada.

Core Values & Beliefs

  • ‘Namwayut – We are All One
  • Dignity
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Understanding
  • Courage

Position Type: Employee (Intern), 35 hours per week
Location:
Reconciliation Canada Office at 206, 1999 Marine Drive, North Vancouver & remote
Term:
September 14, 2020 – January 15, 2021, the ​offer of employment will be dependent on funding approval
Reports to:
Chief Strategy Officer
Rate:
$17.00/hour

Deliverables & Duties

  • Support the logistics and technology for presence at community engagement events, including online events and meetings
  • Research, develop and maintain the database of community engagement and outreach contacts and partners
  • Identify, manage and ensure that all technology requirements have been identified and fulfilled for events, presentations, podcasts, webinars, workshops etc., as required
  • Research and help with knowledge translation for the community engagement programs
  • Coordinate the invitation process for all community engagement program participants, including but not limited to: initial email and phone outreach, invitation and RSVP process, continued communication to answer any questions and/or concerns that might arise
  • Coordinate the preparation and distribution of electronic/hard copy materials for all community engagement programs
  • Conduct research to ensure proper preparation of any protocol materials and/or gifts for each unique community
  • Ensure all required Reconciliation Canada resources are in place for community engagement program delivery including, but limited to briefing staff on all details regarding the logistics (i.e. technology)
  • Support the team with other duties, as required
  • Steward a strong culture that is based on Reconciliation Canada’s core values and that is reflective of our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

Skills & Experience

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with community engagement experience to grow and further develop an initiative on a national level that has already made a significant impact in BC.

Specific requirements include:

  • Experience in workshop logistics, and community engagement and outreach activities
  • Embodies reconciliation in all aspects of one’s life
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent telephone manner
  • Strong organizational, event management and multi-tasking skills
  • Good problem-solving ability, creativity, drive and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Confident working with diverse communities
  • Experience with G-suite tools and software
  • Passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Internship Program requirements:

  • Full and part-time students enrolled in an accredited Canadian college or university
  • Students must be enrolled in post-secondary and not graduating (or have not completed their program requirements) for the first 30 days of the internship
  • Holds Canadian citizenship, Permanent Residency, or refugee status

Reconciliation Canada values diversity and is an organization that is welcoming of all cultures, educational backgrounds, age, gender, sexual orientation, and abilities. As an Indigenous-led organization, we recognize and celebrate the diversity of all peoples, and promote cultural competencies of each employee.

We are committed to respecting diversity within our workforce and specifically to increasing the number of Indigenous employees within our organization. As preference may be given to qualified Indigenous applicants, we ask that they self-identify in our recruitment and staffing processes.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume at [email protected]by Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Download the full job description



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