November 21, 2013

Media Corner 

What Does Reconciliation Look Like? Axiom News, Patricia Marcoccia, October 8, 2013

Bernice King's Speech

If you missed Bernice King's speech at the Walk for Reconciliation or want to hear it again, you can now watch it here.

Expressing Appreciation 

Reconciliation Canada was pleased to have the opportunity to acknowledge and thank our partners for their support at the end of October. Reconciliation Canada’s values and guiding principles shape the relationships we build with our community partners and champions, and we are grateful for the support we receive from individuals and organizations who share our vision. We'd like to thank all who have shown courage and generosity in helping us accomplish our goals over the past year.

Volunteer Opportunity with ACCESS and Urban Spirit Foundation

Are you interested in supporting Aboriginal wellness events in the Vancouver area? ACCESS and Urban Spirit Foundation are looking for volunteers to help out at four events in early 2014. The events are open to the public and will feature health professional speakers, food, arts and crafts vendors and a wellness and pampering area. The first event will be at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on January 25, 2014, with three other dates to be confirmed. Volunteer roles include security, ticket sales, and generally assisting coordinators on the day of the event, and there is also an opportunity for a volunteer passionate about event planning to take on a leadership role during the day. 

If you're interested in helping, please contact Elaine Clare at

Please note that this is not a Reconciliation Canada event.

It’s been two months since we all gathered in the spirit of “‘Namwayut – We are all one” at the Walk for Reconciliation on September 22, 2013. 
 With this year being the Year of Reconciliation, as proclaimed by the City of Vancouver, we encourage you to continue incorporating Reconciliation into your lives, communities and work places and develop a plan of action for the New Year

If you have a story to share about how you have taken action, we would love to hear from you! To submit a story or share your ideas, please contact us at

Planning for A New Way Forward

What has the Reconciliation Canada team been up to?

Building on the momentum of Reconciliation Week 2013, the Reconciliation Canada Team has been exploring the following areas: 

  1. Reconciliation Dialogue Sessions & Action Plans – Reconciliation dialogues to build relationships and a shared understanding of our collective history and development of concrete steps to build stronger, more resilient families and communities. 

    Over 100 workshops will be planned in partnership with the First Nations Leadership Council, BC Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Union of BC Municipalities and faith-based organizations across the province. Similar workshops are being planned across Edmonton and Calgary leading up to the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission Events. 

  2. Reconciliation-Based Leadership Training – Training of community, organization and youth leaders in Reconciliation-Based Leadership to lead community-driven reconciliation initiatives. 

  3. Community Based Economic Reconciliation Dialogue Sessions & Action Plans – Respective parties will collaboratively develop Economic Reconciliation Action Plans to create meaningful partnerships and mutually beneficial economic opportunities for all parties. 

In addition to the Reconciliation initiatives mentioned above, Reconciliation Canada has been invited by numerous partners including Grand Chief Shawn Atleo to reach out to communities nationally and help shape public awareness around the 6th anniversary of the Canadian government’s apology in Ottawa in 2014. This will likely include outreach to provinces of both Ontario and Quebec, eventually leading to Economic Reconciliation initiatives. Reconciliation Canada is now meeting potential partners across the country to explore these possibilities. Stay tuned for more information!

How you can help?  

Help us move our initiatives forward by making a donation. Reconciliation Canada is a charitable project, established as a collaboration between the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society (IRSSS) and Tides Canada Initiatives Society (TCI). Your donations will help us move forward with our 2014 community initiatives, such as Dialogue Workshops and national outreach activities, and achieve our vision of A New Way Forward for all Canadians. 

Did you know that you can now take part in #GivingTuesday by making a donation to Reconciliation Canada on Tuesday December 3rd? #GivingTuesday is a time for the world to come together & show how powerful humanity can be when we unite to give on one day. Find out more about the movement at

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