April 30, 2014

Graphic created by Avril Orloff at during the SFU Youth Voices Workshop

Edmonton and Calgary make a commitment to Reconciliation 

The Cities of Edmonton and Calgary demonstrated their commitment to reconciliation by proclaiming A Year of Reconciliation during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event last month in Edmonton.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson cited three distinct initiatives to bring forward as priorities under the City’s Indigenous People’s Strategy and committed to strengthening relationships with Aboriginal communities.  To read more about these initiatives, click here.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi also announced A Year of Reconciliation as a significant gesture with it being the first year-long proclamation in the history of the City of Calgary.  To read more about this proclamation, click here.

J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

We are pleased to announce that the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is supporting Reconciliation Canada in strengthening its program expansion and capacity building.  We are extremely grateful for their support and look forward to catalyzing positive change across Canada.      

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation engages Canadians in building a more innovativeinclusive, sustainable, and resilient society.  The core purpose of the Foundation is to to improve the quality of life in Canada by building communities that help people develop their potential and contribute to the common good.  

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Community Event: 

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. 

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SFU Centre for Dialogue Workshop Reports

Following the success of the Jack P. Blaney Award workshops in January – March, the SFU Centre for Dialogue has published detailed final reports which document the findings from each event.  

The Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop took place on February 6-7, 2014 at the SFU Burnaby Campus and was attended by over 60 students, faculty and staff. The report includes detailed ideas for action within the SFU community under the following themes: 

  • Increasing the prominence of Aboriginal knowledge and culture across the campus community. 
  • Including Aboriginal voices in decision-making and evaluation. 
  • Increasing opportunities and requirements to learn about Aboriginal peoples. 
  • Providing additional Aboriginal student support. 
  • Promoting Aboriginal peoples teaching Aboriginal knowledge.
  • Integrating Aboriginal culture, knowledge and history broadly into SFU courses. 

The report was presented to SFU Aboriginal Steering Committee, submitted to the Board of Governors and Senate and distributed to all Deans and Department Heads. 

A copy can be viewed online here.

Graphic created by Alece Birnbach at during the SFU Youth Voices Workshop

The Youth Voices Workshop was held on March 6, 2014, at the SFU Harbour Centre in Downtown Vancouver. Staff and students from schools in Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver and Coquitlam districts were in attendance. Seven major themes emerged from participant ideas at the event, which are outlined below: 

  • Integrate Aboriginal culture, arts, and history in all subject areas. 
  • Include Aboriginal peoples in decision-making and the presentation of Aboriginal knowledge. 
  • Provide professional development opportunities for teachers.
  • Support student-driven reconciliation initiatives and provide resources towards these. 
  • Model healthy relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. 
  • Hold cultural awareness activities for Aboriginal students to learn about and proudly share their culture. 
  • Increase Awareness of Aboriginal history and heritage at a younger age. 

The participant suggestions behind each theme are listed in detail in the dialogue report which can be found here.

South Granville Seniors’ Centre

Reconciliation Canada was pleased to attend the Multicultural Senior’s Festival at the South Granville Senior’s Centre on April 25, 2014.  Over 40 members joined Reconciliation Canada in a session to learn about reconciliation initiatives, share stories of resilience and discuss the meaning of reconciliation.  The level of energy and enthusiasm that participants demonstrated towards the reconciliation initiatives inspired us and we even recruited some volunteers! 

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 initiatives, which include:

  • Reconciliation Dialogue Sessions & Action Plans
  • Reconciliation-Based Leadership Training & Core Competencies Assessments 
  • Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Dialogue Sessions & Actions Plans
  • Public Awareness & Outreach 

Help us achieve our vision of A New Way Forward for all Canadians. 

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