The Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan

In a world where diversity and inclusion are paramount, reconciliation stands as a cornerstone of building stronger, more harmonious communities. Chief Robert Joseph, our ambassador, and a leading voice in the reconciliation movement, often emphasizes the importance of making reconciliation a part of our daily lives. But how do we turn this ideal into tangible action? Enter the Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan – a simple yet powerful tool designed to empower individuals to take meaningful steps toward reconciliation in their everyday lives.

The Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan is precisely what it sounds like – a plan that you carry with you wherever you go, ready to guide your actions and decisions toward reconciliation. Chief Joseph advocates for this approach as a way to ensure that reconciliation isn’t just a one-time event or a distant goal but a continuous, ongoing journey in which we actively participate.

  1. Portable: The beauty of the Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan lies in its portability. Whether it’s a physical document tucked into your back pocket or a digital version stored on your phone, having it readily accessible means you can refer to it whenever you encounter situations that call for reconciliation.
  2. Shareable: While reconciliation begins with individual actions, its impact is magnified when shared with others. By sharing your Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtag #namwayut, you not only demonstrate your commitment to reconciliation but also inspire others to join the movement.

Developing your Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan is a personal and introspective process that requires active participation. Take the time to jot down your thoughts, values, and experiences, and consider how they intersect with the principles of reconciliation. Then, identify concrete actions that you can write down and implement in your daily life to contribute to reconciliation. Whether it involves educating yourself about Indigenous history and culture, supporting Indigenous-owned businesses, or advocating for Indigenous rights in your community, putting pen to paper can help solidify your commitment to meaningful change.

The Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan isn’t just about individual actions; it’s also about contributing to a broader national narrative on reconciliation. By sharing your experiences and actions, you become part of a collective movement towards reconciliation, helping to shape the dialogue and inspire others to take action.

As Chief Joseph often reminds us, reconciliation is not a destination but a journey – one that requires ongoing commitment, reflection, and action. By embracing the Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan and integrating reconciliation into our daily lives, we can each play a meaningful role in building a more inclusive, equitable, and compassionate society. So, let’s take that first step together and embark on this journey of reconciliation, one pocket at a time.