January 28, 2016

Chief Joseph accepting the Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Award

In the Media

Read: Hereditary chief ‘humbled’ to receive courage award

Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph on receiving the 2016 Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Award. 

Read more here.

Listen: Chief Joseph featured on CBC The Early Edition

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph speaks with CBC's Rick Cluff on the future of reconciliation in Canada.

Listen here.

Reconciliation Canada in the Community - Upcoming Events

This month you can find us at the following events:

Kingston Canadian Film Festival Film Premiere: Wawahte Educational Documentary 

Location: Kingston City Hall - Kingston, ON 

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016 

Learn more here.

Honouring the Truth and Reconciling for the Future 

Location: Squamish Public Library - Squamish, BC 

Date: Monday, Febuary 29, 2016 

Learn more here

Welcoming new team members!

We are proud to welcome two new members to our team!

Margaret Dickson has joined us as Senior Advisor. Margaret comes to Reconciliation Canada with over 30 years of diverse business and community experience. She combines her commitment to social justice with legal, process and fiscal discipline in designing and supporting economic reconciliation initiatives that contribute to greater prosperity for all Canadians. 

Elodie Jaquet is joining us as Community Engagement Project Manager. She previously worked with the Action Canada leadership program and with a diversity of projects for the SFU Centre for Dialogue. She has had extensive experience in the corporate sector working for global companies such as Microsoft and L’Oréal and has been a volunteer in the non-profit sector for over 18 years. Part of her time is spent working with families in Vancouver as a doula and prenatal educator. Elodie is a former behavioural biologist who still enjoys studying whales off the coast of BC and beekeeping when she is not camping with her two children and her husband. 

We are excited to welcome Margaret and Elodie to the Reconciliation Canada team!

Reconciliation Canada Cultural and Wellness Advisor Shelley Joseph at BC Centre for Employment Excellence

On December 23, 2015, Shelley Joseph, Reconciliation Canada Cultural and Wellness Advisor, spoke as part of the Online Mini-Symposium: Translating Aboriginal Traditions to Employment at the BC Centre for Employment Excellence. The event was a webinar that provided information for employment advisors who work closely with Indigenous communities. 

Shelley Joseph spoke of the intergenerational impact of residential schools on employment in BC, and the ways in which reconciliation can be incorporated into the work of those who are involved in the employment services sector.

We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of this important event, and we look forward to future opportunities to work with the BC Centre for Employment Excellence.

Help us move forward with our 2016 initiatives 

Reconciliation Canada has many national initiatives planned for 2016. Help us move our initiatives forward by making a donation. 

Our 2016 initiatives include:

  • Public Awareness and Outreach 
  • Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops
  • Reconciliation Leadership Learning Experience 
  • Economic Reconciliation 

Reconciliation Canada - A New Way Forward Society is a registered charity: #821403599RR0001

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph receives 


Civil Courage Award

Reconciliation Canada was honoured to announce that our Ambassador, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, was named the 2016 recipient of the Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Award.

Presented by the Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society (WSCCS), this award is given to an individual associated with British Columbia, who at personal risk, or following oppression, helped improve the lives of others and society, while defying unjust laws, norms, conventions or unethical behaviours of the time and place, as exemplified by Raoul Wallenberg and Chiune Sugihara. 

Held at the Jewish Community Centre, the award was presented by Henry Grayman and Deborah Ross-Grayman of the WSCCS. Chief Joseph is the second recipient to be honoured with this annual award. 

We are extremely proud of Chief Joseph and all of his courageous reconciliation work that is being done across Canada to build meaningful relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. 

An Evening of Reconciliation: Keynote and Conversation with 

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Chief Joseph and Waneek in conversation

Reconciliation Canada understands that we are at a pivotal moment in Canadian history, and recognizes the opportunity to find a new way forward, together. In 2016 we aim to bring the conversation of reconciliation to communities across Canada through keynote and conversation events with Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Ambassador to Reconciliation Canada. This first of these events was held on Thursday, January 21st at the Simon Fraser University campus in downtown Vancouver. 

Moderated by Waneek Horn-Miller, Canadian Olympian and Reconciliation Canada’s newest Ambassador, the evening featured a keynote address by Chief Joseph, followed by a conversation on the journey of reconciliation. Both Waneek and Chief Joseph shared stories of their paths from personal hardship to healing and reconciliation. 

Open to the public and at no charge, this event drew a wide diversity of community members including: students, teachers, media, union members and Indigenous community leaders. Following the conversation, attendees gathered at the Audain Gallery for an informal reception. 

We offer our sincere appreciation to SFU Public Square, SFU’s Vancity Office for Community Engagement, and the SFU Beedie School of Business for hosting such a wonderful evening. Most of all, we would like to thank all those who joined us to listen and learn in this important discussion. 

We look forward to engaging Canadians across the country as we continue to build a new way forward, together.


Gift of Reconciliation fundraising campaign raises $18,920.55!

We are incredibly excited to announce that through the generosity of our friends and supporters, the Gift of Reconciliation fundraising campaign raised a total of $18,920.55. 

Funds raised through the Gift of Reconciliation will contribute to a Multicultural Survivors’ Gathering – Envisioning a New Canada. This event will bring together multicultural survivors of historical injustices. Participating Elders will inform the programs and initiatives of Reconciliation Canada as we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary.

We would also like to recognize the commitment of all of the volunteers who made this campaign possible. 

A special thank you to Carey Newman for designing the beautiful artwork featured on the Gift of Reconciliation greeting cards. 

We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who donated to the campaign and shared the cause with their networks. We continue to be inspired by your commitment to reconciliation and our work would not be possible without your support. Thank you. 

Stay tuned for more information on our 2016 activities and initiatives in your community!

Reconciliation Canada 

Impact Report 2015

We are incredibly excited to announce the release of our Impact Report 2015! The last twelve months have been incredible for Reconciliation Canada, and we are grateful for all of the individuals who have made it so meaningful. 

From participating in the ceremony marking the demolition of St. Michael’s Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, BC, to co-hosting events to coincide with the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, to receiving our registered charity status, 2015 was a year of milestones for Reconciliation Canada. 

We would like to extend our gratitude to all of the individuals who contributed to the success of the 2015 Impact Report. In particular, we would like to recognize Tina Galanopoulos, who contributed graphic design expertise to this project. We are truly grateful. 

Read and download the Reconciliation Canada Impact Report 2015 here.