Jun 2, 2016
It has been one year since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s findings and 94 calls to action. In the last year, we have witnessed a profound shift in the Canadian consciousness, with positive steps towards reconciliation coming from all corners of Canadian society. More people in Canada than ever before are interested in and participating in reconciliation, and this desire for change is growing into a national movement.
We are encouraged by governments, businesses, education institutions, and other organizations which have demonstrated a commitment to moving reconciliation forward within their circles of influence. Indigenous course requirements in university programs, partnerships between businesses and Indigenous-led organizations, and declarations of commitments to reconciliation from all levels of government are all positive steps in revitalizing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. These steps will have far reaching impacts, and we are inspired by all of the positive work that is happening nationwide.
Our two-year project, Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy was recently selected as one of the Canada 150 Pan-Canadian Signature Projects. This opportunity will allow Reconciliation Canada to continue engaging all Canadians in the reconciliation process and to envision a new way forward as we move into the next 150 years, together.
Each person has an important role in reconciliation. We urge all of you to continue to engage in reconciliation by strengthening relationships with yourself, your families, your communities and your country. Complete a Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan today.
Apr 29, 2016
On March 29, Reconciliation Canada and Haisla Nation co-hosted the event Our Shared History: An Evening of Haisla Nation History and Dialogue in Kitimat, BC.
The evening gathering featured a presentation from Chief Councillor Ellis Ross, a shared meal and a facilitated dialogue by Reconciliation Canada. The dialogue provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about each other’s backgrounds and begin to think about how reconciliation can take shape. Recognizing that reconciliation is a process and not just a one-time event, the evening gathering aimed to create a strong foundation for future steps towards reconciliation.
An informational booklet, The Meaning of Reconciliation – Haisla Nation History, was produced to accompany the event. The booklet provides an overview of the shared history of Haisla Nation and Canadian society, framed with the goal of beginning the dialogue necessary for reconciliation.
Reconciliation Canada is honoured to have had this opportunity to collaborate with Haisla Nation. We raise our hands to the many people who joined us for the evening gathering, and to the wonderful individuals who made this event possible. We are truly grateful.
Click here to read the informational booklet.
Photo Credit: Haisla Nation
Photo Credit: Haisla Nation
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and the North Growth Foundation.
Apr 21, 2016
From all of the Reconciliation Canada team, we offer our thoughts and hearts to the youth and families in Attawapiskat going through the fear and pain of suicide and suicide attempts.
There is no greater reason for reconciliation. The crisis in Attawapiskat is a crisis for all Canadians. This is a moment where it is clear that a new relationship among Indigenous peoples, all Canadians and all levels of government is critical for the health of communities throughout Canada.
We must take this moment to reflect on of our own role in this new relationship. We must engage in deep, meaningful dialogue with one another to understand our diverse and shared histories, and learn how we can affect reconciliation within our own spheres of influence. Only then can we move forward in a way that ensures that each individual is celebrated and able to achieve their optimum potential.
“To all the youth in Attawapiskat, know that you are loved. Love yourselves. You have value. You have worth. It starts with you. Live with hope. Find the time. The answers will come. You matter deeply.”
– Chief Dr. Robert Joseph
Apr 14, 2016
Join Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and other engaging speakers on April 23rd, 2016 for TEDxEastVan!
Vancouver’s TEDxEastVan brings together creators, catalysts, and thinkers in an inspiring day-long event. This year’s theme is “MOVE,” which celebrates Vancouver’s love of outdoor and physical culture, its emotional connection to art and music, as well as an interest in social shift.
Discounted “Friends and Family” pricing is available at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tedxeastvan-2016-tickets-20595136608.
Simply enter the promo code: FF10SPECIAL at the time of purchase to get $10 off the price of your ticket.
Ticket sales close on Friday, April 15th at 11:30pm PDT, so get your tickets soon!
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Hope to see you there!
Jan 25, 2016
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Dec 4, 2015
As we near the end of 2015, we reflect back on a year in which Canadians have been called upon to examine their role in reconciliation, and tasked with taking action in their communities. Canada has reached a pivotal role in its history and the future is ours to shape and change.
At Reconciliation Canada, we are working to achieve this change through values-based dialogue, leadership and action. We have seen a year of incredible successes, from co-hosting events to coincide with the TRC closing, to releasing federal party positions on reconciliation during the federal election. It is the dedication and commitment of our supporters and partners that make this possible. And this year, thanks to this incredible support, we became a registered charity.
In order to help us to continue our work, we ask you to give the Gift of Reconciliation this holiday season. By contributing to the campaign, you will help make possible a Multicultural Survivors’ Gathering – Envisioning a New Canada. This event will bring together multicultural survivors of historical injustices. Participating Elders will inform the programmes and initiatives of Reconciliation Canada as we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary.
You can share the gift with your friends, family and loved ones by sending the Gift of Reconciliation card with a personal message. The card features the beautiful Winter Moon design, by renowned Kwagiulth artist Carey Newman. We will be providing an artist honorarium to Carey, who will be directing funds to the Witness Blanket Project.
Help us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000 this holiday season. You can donate to the campaign and send your Gift of Reconciliation card here.
Thank you so much for your continued support.
Oct 20, 2015
Election Day has come and gone, and the votes are in: The Liberal Party of Canada will form a majority government.
Following Monday’s election, there will be 10 Indigenous Members of Parliament in the House of Commons. This is the highest number of Indigenous MPs elected in Canadian history. Early reports suggest that voter turnout during this election was at its highest since 1993 Although official statistics have not yet been announced, early reports suggest that Indigenous voter turnout increased significantly compared to 2011.
We extend our gratitude to everyone who visited our Election 2015 Resource page, everyone who shared our resources and responses we sent to parties, and everyone who reached out to friends, family and community members to engage on reconciliation topics throughout Election 2015.
We would like to offer our congratulations to the Liberal Party, and to all MPs who have been elected. We thank the Bloc Québécois, the Liberal Party, the Green Party and the New Democratic Party for responding to our election questions and sharing their plans for reconciliation.
Although the 42nd Canadian general election has now wrapped up, we urge you to contact your newly elected representative and learn about their plans for reconciliation. Canadians are engaged, and they are looking for answers and action on reconciliation. Reconciliation moving forward requires all people to participate in the conversation, and it is crucial that elected officials take steps to further reconciliation in your community.
Now is the time to take action.
Sep 29, 2015
We’re delighted to welcome you to the new Reconciliation Canada blog! This is a space for sharing the perspectives of individuals with stories to tell. We’ll also be keeping you up to date with reconciliation news, reflections and current events from across Canada.
A Look Back
Over the past three years, Reconciliation Canada has worked to build a national dialogue on reconciliation. Discussion and dialogue form a very important part of our work. We believe that through sharing and discussing our views, feelings and beliefs, our understanding of each other can be deepened and our relationships can be revitalised and strengthened. We also believe that reconciliation requires the ability to open up to diverse perspectives and difficult conversations.
We’ve been honoured to have worked with a range of incredible projects across the country. From school children to elders, we’ve been inspired by the stories that people have told us and the reconciliation work that they have done – and continue to do. We hope that, by sharing these stories, this blog will help to inspire other people on their own reconciliation journeys.
A Look Ahead
This blog is a space for you to join the conversation. We welcome blog posts on a variety of topics, and are particularly interested to hear about reconciliation projects in your local community, school or organisation. We’d also love to hear from individuals who are combining personal transformation with action.
If you’re interested in contributing to our blog, please drop us an email at [email protected] and tell us what you’d like to talk about in your post. Please include “Reconciliation Canada Blog Submission” as your subject line. We welcome written articles, videos, photographs and artwork.
We look forward to learning from you all.
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