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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.