Reconciliation Resources

Truth and Reconciliation Month

As we approach Truth and Reconciliation Day, we find ourselves at a pivotal juncture in our shared history. The pursuit of reconciliation, understanding, and healing takes center stage, offering us an opportunity to create lasting change within our organizations and communities.

In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we invite you to explore the following resources for your organization:

Namwayut – We Are All One

Reconciliation is a shared mission. Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, our ambassador, and a global peacebuilder, recounts his journey from surviving residential school to becoming a transformative leader in his book, “Namwayut.”

We are offering discounted bulk sales to organizations for “Namwayut,” facilitating the initiation of transformative journeys for their staff toward reconciliation. The proceeds from this book will be directed toward supporting our endeavors in fostering meaningful dialogue, inspiring personal growth, and nurturing a culture of reconciliation

Click here for book information and bulk order inquiries.

Community Action Toolkits

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that requires collective action. We invite your organization to take the lead in this vital conversation, engaging your professional network.

Our Community Action Toolkits provide the resources you need to initiate reconciliation dialogues. As experts in your community, use these tools to create impactful and safe conversations within your unique environment.

Become a catalyst for change within your organization and industry. By championing unity and understanding, you can inspire positive transformation.

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.

Youth Voices: Lunch + Learn

Reconciliation Canada is calling upon student leaders who are ready to explore and embed within their personal lives, and for their communities. We need you to start the conversation, and encourage increased efforts towards reconciliation within your school, family, and social networks.

Books on Reconciliation

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.

Reconciling Knowing

Karen Joseph, our CEO, draws on her 25+ years of experience to discuss Indigenous ways of living, combat unconscious biases, and champion reconciliation. As a proud Kwakwaka’wakw member, she founded Reconciliation Canada in 2012, aligning with her father’s dream for renewed relationships. This enlightening talk is from a TEDx event.