What’s another word for Reconciliation? See what participants from the Walk for Reconciliation came up with! The Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) ran a booth at the celebration site of the walk to capture the feelings and emotions of elders, survivors, youth, volunteers and walkers alike by asking them to reflect on reconciliation using the letter “R”. This VIMAF-commissioned video was produced by Hannah Clifford and was debuted during the Annual Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival in November 2013.
Reconciliation Canada is pleased to be involved with a number of youth engagement initiatives this month. Starting from outreach to Emily Carr University, Chief Joseph spoke to students about the legacy of residential schools and the process of Reconciliation and creating a new way forward.
On March 6th, we participated in the “Youth Voices on Reconciliation” dialogue, hosted by the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, which focused on the role of the high school system in promoting reconciliation. Participants included 150 students, teachers and administrators from four Metro Vancouver school districts.
In partnership with the City of Vancouver, Reconciliation Canada also co-facilitated the “Becoming a City of Reconciliation” workshop at the Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference, hosted by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and their Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (BCAAFC - PAYC). Aboriginal youth from across the country participated in these sessions. It was both energizing and inspiring to connect with young people from all across Canada!
Looking for a team building activity? Join ACCESS and Urban Spirit Foundation in their 2nd Annual ACCESS/ Urban Aboriginal Charity Golf Tournament on June 27, 2014 at Country Meadows Golf Club.
Reconciliation Canada is excited to announce the successful delivery of our first Dialogue Workshop outside of BC! The Edmonton Workshop was held on Tuesday March 18th on Treaty 6 territory to raise awareness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event taking place in Edmonton this week. Attendance was invitation only, and we were pleased to welcome a diverse range of community leaders to the session. Notable attendees included Dr. Marie Wilson, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, Cameron Alexis, Regional Chief of Assembly of First Nations, and Ryan Kelly, Deputy Chief of Staff at the City of Edmonton. We were thrilled with the positive response from workshop participants, and will be returning to Alberta to deliver further workshops in May and June.
Collaborating with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
The Reconciliation Canada team had a busy week in Edmonton, as they followed the community Dialogue Workshop with three days of workshops for Federal Government employees. The half-day sessions were tailored specifically to educate and empower participants in advance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event, and were organized in collaboration with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Over 40 participants attended the workshops, which were held in the Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Canada Place. This centre is the first of its kind in Canada and is unique because it promotes First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities. It serves as a main focal point for all nations to access Aboriginal cultural services and information, and provided an intimate setting for the Dialogue Workshops. Each session began with a welcome and explanation of the history of the room, and employees had the unique opportunity to participate in a traditional smudging ceremony. The feedback from the workshops was incredibly positive, and we look forward to working with the AANDC team in the future.
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.