Welcome to our collection of essential resources dedicated to understanding and supporting reconciliation. This page is designed to provide you with valuable insights and tools to actively engage in this crucial process. Whether you’re an individual seeking knowledge or part of a group interested in meaningful discussions, you’re in the right place. Explore these materials at your own pace and join us in fostering understanding, empathy, and unity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Together, we’re working towards a more inclusive and harmonious future for all Canadians.
How We Work
Our approach to reconciliation fosters open dialogues, encouraging individuals to explore our diverse histories and experiences. We actively involve communities of various faiths and cultures to delve into the essence of reconciliation. Collectively, we are forging a path toward a New Way Forward. With this in mind, here are a few resources to explore on your reconciliation journey:
Reconciliation is an ongoing journey, one that will take a collective effort to find a new way forward. We invite you to contribute to this important conversation and involve your social and professional circles, be it your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, or classmates.
The Community Action Toolkits are intended to provide you with some guidelines and ideas on how to start the reconciliation conversation. Of course, every community and situation is different and we invite you, as the expert in your own community, to use these tools in a way that is appropriate, impactful, and safe in your respective environments and situations.
Kitchen Table Dialogue
A Kitchen Table Dialogue creates space for a constructive conversation on reconciliation. This do-it-yourself framework allows Canadians the opportunity to gather their colleagues and community leaders to join the dialogue on reconciliation and contribute to the movement, helping us to create a new way forward for all Canadians.
Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop Discussion Guide
Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops create a safe place to engage all peoples in Canada in dialogue that increases understanding of our shared history and explores the meaning of reconciliation and our respective role to play.
Books on Reconciliation
Namwayut A Pathway to Reconciliation – We Are All One by Chief Robert Joseph
Reconciliation belongs to everyone. In this profound book, Chief Robert Joseph, globally recognized peacebuilder and Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk People, traces his journey from his childhood surviving residential school to his present-day role as a leader who inspires individual hope, collective change, and global transformation.
Before we get to know where we are going, we need to know where we came from. Reconciliation represents a long way forward, but it is a pathway toward our higher humanity, our highest selves, and an understanding that everybody matters. In Namwayut, Chief Joseph teaches us to transform our relationships with ourselves and each other. As we learn about, honour, and respect the truth of the stories we tell, we can also discover how to dismantle the walls of discrimination, hatred, and racism in our society.
Chief Joseph is known as one of the leading voices on peacebuilding in our time, and his dedication to reconciliation has been recognized with multiple honorary degrees and awards. As one of the remaining first-language speakers of Kwak’wala, his wisdom is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing while making space for something bigger and better for all of us.
Reconciliation belongs to everyone. In this profound book, Chief Robert Joseph, globally recognized peacebuilder and Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk People, traces his journey from his childhood surviving residential school to his present-day role as a leader who inspires individual hope, collective change, and global transformation
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, Bob Joseph
The Indian Act, after 141 years, continues to shape, control, and constrain the lives and opportunities of Indigenous peoples and is at the root of many lasting stereotypes. Bob Joseph’s book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is at a crescendo. Joseph explains how Indigenous peoples can step out from under the Indian Act and return to self-government, self-determination, and self-reliance—and why doing so would result in a better country for every Canadian. He dissects the complex issues around truth and reconciliation and clearly demonstrates why learning about the Indian Act’s cruel, enduring legacy is essential for the country to move toward true reconciliation.
Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality
We are all treaty people. But what are the everyday impacts of treaties, and how can we effectively work toward reconciliation if we’re worried our words and actions will unintentionally cause harm?
Hereditary chief and leading Indigenous relations trainer Bob Joseph is your guide to respecting cultural differences and improving your personal relationships and business interactions with Indigenous Peoples. Practical and inclusive, Indigenous Relations interprets the difference between hereditary and elected leadership, and why it matters; explains the intricacies of Aboriginal Rights and Title, and the treaty process; and demonstrates the lasting impact of the Indian Act, including the barriers that Indigenous communities face and the truth behind common myths and stereotypes perpetuated since Confederation.
Indigenous Relations equips you with the necessary knowledge to respectfully avoid missteps in your work and daily life and offers an eight-part process to help businesses and government work more effectively with Indigenous Peoples—benefitting workplace culture as well as the bottom line. Indigenous Relations is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to improve their cultural competency and undo the legacy of the Indian Act.
True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force for Change Jody Wilson Raybould
There is one question Canadians have asked Jody Wilson-Raybould more than any other: What can I do to help advance reconciliation? It is clear that people from all over the country want to take concrete and tangible action that will make real change. We just need to know how to get started. This book provides that next step. For Wilson-Raybould, what individuals and organizations need to do to advance true reconciliation is self-evident, accessible, and achievable. True Reconciliation is broken down into three core practices—Learn, Understand, and Act—that can be applied by individuals, communities, organizations, and governments.
The practices are based not only on the historical and contemporary experience of Indigenous peoples in their relentless efforts to effect transformative change and decolonization, but also on the deep understanding and expertise about what has been effective in the past, what we are doing right, and wrong, today, and what our collective future requires. Fundamental to a shared way of thinking is an understanding of the Indigenous experience throughout the story of Canada. In a manner that reflects how work is done in the Big House, True Reconciliation features an “oral” history of these lands, told through Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices from our past and present.
The ultimate and attainable goal of True Reconciliation is to break down the silos we’ve created that prevent meaningful change, to be empowered to increasingly act as “inbetweeners,” and to take full advantage of this moment in our history to positively transform the country into a place we can all be proud of.
Insightful Video Resources
Healing a Nation through Truth and Reconciliation
Canada’s history carries painful and deeply troubling chapters, particularly in its treatment of the First Nations peoples. Chief Robert Joseph, who personally endured the devastating impact of the Residential School System, sheds light on how acknowledging these painful truths constitutes the initial stride towards national reconciliation. Bridging the gap in understanding and dismantling racism and intolerance begins with the recognition that, fundamentally, ‘we are all one’.
The Language of Reconciliation: Elders’ Circle
In November 2012, on the unceded and traditional Musqueam territory, a remarkable two-day gathering took place. This gathering brought together a diverse and esteemed group of elders who convened to explore the profound notion of reconciliation. Against the backdrop of these sacred lands, steeped in history and cultural significance, these elders shared their wisdom, experiences, and insights, setting the stage for a dialogue that would leave a lasting impact far beyond those transformative two days.