The inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was Day Zero for us.
Like many milestones in life, this was an emotional day, full of simultaneous grief and hope. We saw Canadians across the country honour Survivors, their families, and communities.
The day also proved there is much more work to be done at every level.
At Reconciliation Canada, we’re committed to reporting on our ongoing work in the first 30, 60, 90, and 100 days after the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
We encourage you to continue the conversation within your own families and communities by creating a Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan, using our Community Action Toolkits, or re-watching our gatherings. Ask your workplace and governments what they are doing to support reconciliation beyond September 30.
Today, 30 days after September 30, we’re sharing three of our key steps
1. We interviewed with CBC about the Pope’s visit
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and Karen Joseph, our Ambassador and CEO, spoke on Thursday’s Early Edition radio show about what they hope to see on the Pope’s visit to Canada.
If you’re wondering why the Pope’s visit to Canada is important for reconciliation, and what other meaningful work needs to happen, this is a great place to start.
2. We’re renewing our team
Meet the newest three Reconciliation Canada team members who joined this month to support our new initiatives.
Erin Dixon (Gizhagate), Director of Knowledge and Indigenous Leadership, walks with vision and all of life in mind, sharing her Otipemisiwak-Métis heritage and love for Indigenous knowledge systems, and will be developing our new Indigenous Women Leadership program.
Leslie Hunt-Dickie (Tli’li’nukw), Director of Engagement, is a member of the Kwakiutl Nation deeply committed to building lasting relationships with governments, partners and society to do better for reconciliation.
Dashae Geddes, Office Coordinator, is a Cree Indigenous woman from George Gordon’s First Nations located near Regina, SK, who helped plan our team and partner events in 2019 and rejoins us now to prepare for our 2022 events and programming.
3. We’re continuing to raise funds
We have been moved by the support Canadians have shown to Indigenous organizations, including Reconciliation Canada, particularly on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Every time we hear that someone found value in one of our Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops, shared our resources with others, or asks when we are holding our next event, we know that we are on the right track.
Reconciliation is a journey for the long-haul. We would deeply appreciate your ongoing support as we move past September. If you are able and would like to contribute towards our work, please consider giving a gift.
Thank you for your continued belief in Reconciliation Canada.