As the year draws to a close, we wish you a happy holiday season and a joyful New Year!
Vote now to make the Walk for Reconciliation B.C.'s Top Story of 2013
On September 22, 2013, tens of thousands of people gathered on a rainy Vancouver morning in the spirit of “‘Namwayut – We are all one” at the Walk for Reconciliation, making it one of the largest walks in the city's recent memory. This event marked the finale of Reconciliation Week and represented the beginning of a new way forward in our relationships as we strive to build a better and stronger Canada for everyone. This historic event has been selected as one of B.C.'s Top Ten stories of 2013! Please vote to make the Walk for Reconciliation the top story of the year and demonstrate the importance of "‘Namwayut – We are all one”.
Chief Robert Joseph to to receive the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue has announced that it will be awarding the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue to Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Robert Joseph. This award will recognize Chief Joseph’s tireless work to renew relationships among Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, built on a foundation of openness, dignity, understanding and hope. Between January and March2014, SFU’s Centre for Dialogue and Chief Joseph will host a series of community-engaged events that highlight and build upon concepts of reconciliation. For more information, please visit www.sfu.ca/blaney.
Through Our Eyes – Changing the Canadian Lens
Are you a young adult between the ages of 16-30 looking to build confidence and leadership skills? Through Our Eyes is an opportunity for youth to embrace and explore diversity through media arts and dialogues workshops.Young adults will come together to participate in a program that includes: learning about the legacy of residential schools and understanding reconciliation; facilitating group discussions; and using a smartphone or tablet to create professional and compelling videos. Participants in this program will also meet other young people from diverse faith and cultural communities. Through Our Eyes is a community initiative organized by several collaborating organizations including the World Sikh Organization, Sri Guru Singh Sabha Association and BC Muslim Association.
To learn more about this initiative, click here to watch a video.
Resonating Reconciliation is a project that allows 40 Community and Campus radio stations to hire Aboriginal people from their region to produce a radio documentary on Residential school survivors and reconciliation. To tap into this great source of information, click here to listen to the documentaries.
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 email@example.com.
How can you 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.
During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. Reconciliation Canada is pleased to have the opportunity to acknowledge and thank our partners for their support. 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 and we look forward to sharing our 2014 initiatives and events with you in January.