July 31, 2014

Central Okanagan Foundation to Support Kelowna Dialogue Workshops

Reconciliation Canada is delighted to announce that the Central Okanagan Foundation has pledged their support for reconciliation initiatives in Kelowna, British Columbia. This support will allow us to engage the region through the delivery of Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops in Kelowna. We are extremely grateful for their support and look forward to contributing to meaningful dialogue throughout the community. 

The Central Okanagan Foundation is a community foundation that has been creating positive change to the region for over 35 years by bringing donors and charities together to provide sustainable support for the community. Through building endowments, grant making and community leadership development, the Central Okanagan Foundation provides for the needs of the community, allowing it to flourish. For more information on the Central Okanagan Foundation, please click here.

Vancouver Foundation Pledges Support For Reconciliation Canada

We are excited to announce that the Vancouver Foundation has pledged their support for Reconciliation Canada! The Vancouver Foundation, the largest community foundation in Canada, has committed $120,000 to support our ongoing programs, as well as the development and delivery of young adult reconciliation dialogue workshops. With the support of the Vancouver Foundation, Reconciliation Canada will be able to continue working towards a new way forward through engaging BC communities in meaningful dialogue, building positive relationships and developing reconciliation action plans. We are proud to partner with an organization that promotes a healthy, vibrant and livable vision for communities throughout British Columbia and we are extremely grateful for their support. 

For more information on the Vancouver Foundation, please click here.

In the community

Canadian Multiculturalism Day at Vancouver Public Library

On Friday, June 27, Reconciliation Canada celebrated Canadian Multiculturalism Day at the Vancouver Public Library Central Library. The event showcased the ethnic diversity of Vancouver and featured exhibits and performances from a variety of multicultural organizations. We had a fantastic time sharing ideas with participating organizations and speaking with the public about reconciliation and creating a new way forward. We look forward to connecting further with Vancouver’s multicultural community and to next year’s celebrations.

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Share your stories

The first anniversary of Reconciliation Week 2013 is fast approaching!

This September, we have some exciting plans in the works that will celebrate some of the achievements of our community leaders over the past year, provide opportunities for everyone to share their stories and reconciliation action plans and provide ideas and resources for those who wish to take action on building a new way forward in their own communities. Stay tuned for more details on these initiatives. 

In the meantime, we are continuing to look to our supporters to share their stories. How have you incorporated Reconciliation into your lives and communities? We would love to hear from you! 

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Sharing Stories of Reconciliation: 

Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters 

Story submitted by: Joan Sorely 

Orange Shirt Day, held on September 30th annually, is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an annual discussion on all aspects of residential schools. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

The orange shirt, once associated with a loss of belonging and self-worth, has become a symbol of defiance against bullying and racism, and of our commitment to ensuring that “Every Child Matters” from here on. The movement is growing, with 30,000 hits on the Facebook page during the week of September 30th last year, and people posting pictures of their celebrations across Canada and in the US, as well as parts of Europe. It all started right here in the Cariboo, and as a result, School District 27 has been chosen to pilot curriculum changes for all Grade 5 and Grade 10 students reflecting the residential school experience, to be implemented province-wide. 

Resolutions have been passed in support of Orange Shirt Day by local governments, school districts, and First Nations in the Cariboo and beyond. Most recently the AFN Chiefs-in-Council passed a resolution declaring Orange Shirt Day “a first step in reconciliation”, and pledging to bring the message home as well as to the government of Canada and the churches responsible.

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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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