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Reconciliation Canada attended Where Change Happens: Reconciliation in Action, a Healthy Cities for Allevent held at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre on June 20. The event brought together residents, organizations and local government representatives to explore and celebrate place-based solutions to providing healthier, more prosperous environments for urban Aboriginal peoples. The family–friendly atmosphere was an excellent setting for sharing stories and ideas of the positive change that reconciliation can bring to communities throughout the city.
National Aboriginal Day Celebrations at Canada Place
Reconciliation Canada took part in the fourth annual National Aboriginal Day Celebration 2014 hosted by Port Metro Vancouver and Canada on Sunday, June 22nd. This year’s celebration featured world-renowned performances and interactive workshops to engage the public with the diversity of aboriginal culture, heritage and traditions. We had a great day speaking with the public about reconciliation and creating a new way forward. It was a fantastic opportunity to engage with so many people from diverse backgrounds and reflect upon our own ideas of reconciliation. We look forward to next year’s celebrations and other opportunities to engage with the community throughout the summer.
Alberta Dialogue Workshops
Reconciliation Canada is excited to announce the successful delivery of our Dialogue Workshop series in Alberta! We shared some photos from the first workshop in Edmonton back in March, and have since delivered five further workshops across three cities:
• Edmonton, May 27
• Calgary, May 29
• Fort McMurray, June 12
• Edmonton, June 24
• Calgary, June 25
We were so inspired by the passion and commitment of all of our participants to driving reconciliation in their communities, and the workshops included community leaders from the business, Aboriginal, education, government, municipal, cultural and community sectors. Feedback from those who attended was very positive, and participants valued the opportunity to build new, meaningful relationships with others in their local community. We look forward to reconnecting with our participants in a few months to hear their stories of reconciliation in action.
Celebrating a Year of Reconciliation
On Tuesday, June 17, Reconciliation Canada was delighted to co-host the Year of Reconciliation Celebration at the Van Dusen Botantical Garden. The event, organized in collaboration with the City of Vancouver and the Council’s Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Advisory Committee, was a reflection of a the City’s yearlong initiative to acknowledge intergenerational impacts and stereotypes as a result of Canada’s residential school system, as well as to move forward with a deeper understanding of our shared histories.
The celebration featured representatives from throughout the community, including delegates from the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and heard from a number of community members as they reflected on what the year has meant to them personally. Mayor Gregor Robertson submitted a motion to be considered by the Vancouver City Council for City of Vancouver to become the world’s first “City of Reconciliation”, highlighting the City’s commitment to a new way forward. Both Mayor Robertson and Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, were blanketed by the Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Advisory Committee as a show of appreciation for their efforts towards reconciliation.
We are proud to be a part of such an inspiring initiative and we are confident that the City of Vancouver’s continued commitment to reconciliation efforts will contribute to a positive legacy among the communities in the city.
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph honoured at Vancouver Awards of Excellence
We are proud to announce that Reconciliation Canada ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph is the recipient of a 2014 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence in the category of Diversity and Inclusion! At a reception at the Vancouver Playhouse on June 23, 2014, Chief Joseph was recognized for his tireless work towards bridging differences stemming from intolerance, lack of understanding and racism both in Canada and internationally.
The City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence are a new civic awards program that recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to Vancouver and the lives of its residents. Learn more about the awards and recipients here.
Share your stories
We continue to be amazed by the outstanding individuals and organizations that have incorporated Reconciliation into their lives and communities. If you have a story to share about how you have taken action, we would love to hear from you!