October 31, 2014

Beau Dick shares the stories behind his artwork with J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Trustees at the Museum of Anthropology

Welcoming Carlie Chase!

We are pleased to announce a new member to our team! Carlie Chase is joining us as Director of Partnerships. She brings extensive experience within a charitable Aboriginal organization in a multitude of functions including fundraising, strategic planning, management and community mobilization. Her leadership and execution of unique community initiatives and multi-sector partnerships have ensured organizational goals are achieved. As a member of the Secwepemc nation, and the first of her family not to attend residential schools, Carlie is committed to the promotion of Aboriginal culture among all Canadians.

We look forward to working with Carlie and we are excited for the positive change she will bring.

Reconciliation Canada at BC Association of Social Workers 2014 Conference and Annual General Meeting

On October 17th, Reconciliation Canada ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph provided the keynote speech at the BC Association of Social Workers 2014 Fall Conference and Annual General Meeting in Vancouver. The event brought together social work professionals from across the province to take part in panel discussions and workshops across fields of social work. 

Chief Joseph spoke of the importance of reconciliation in moving forward through trauma, highlighting the work of Reconciliation Canada in building meaningful relationships among all Canadians through transformative experiences.   

We are proud to have shared this opportunity with such positive individuals. We are excited for future opportunities to work with members of the BC Association of Social Workers. 

Arts Health BC

Participate in the Arts Health BC’s On the Map survey to ensure that your arts & health initiative is included in the first ever directory of arts & health activity in BC!  The survey is open until December 19th 2014. To learn more and complete the survey, please visit

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Take Action on Reconciliation

Ideas, inspiration and tips for planning your own reconciliation event.

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey and it will take a collective effort to build a new way forward. We invite you to contribute to this important conversation and help spread the word throughout your circles. Be it your family, friends, colleagues or classmates.

There are so many options for events you can put on in your own community to promote reconciliation! Click here to explore to event ideas.

Click here to view the Community Action Toolkit, a collection of resources intended to provide you with some guidelines and ideas on how to start the reconciliation conversation within your own circles of influence.

City of Vancouver Council Unanimously Support City of Reconciliation Framework 

We are honoured to announce that on October 28, the City of Vancouver council unanimously passed a motion to support the City of Reconciliation framework. 

The framework focusses on building cultural competency, strengthening relations and developing efficient decision-making within the City's service provision, as well as strengthening ongoing relationships with Vancouver's host First Nations, the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and urban Aboriginal community. The report also recommends that Council direct staff to develop a four-year work plan and report back with progress every two years.

The motion supports strengthening understanding and relationships with First Nations and Aboriginal peoples with the long term vision of an inclusive city that embraces all cultures and facilitates opportunities for communities to thrive in the City of Vancouver.

We are extremely proud of the City of Vancouver for demonstrating a long term commitment to reconciliation and building a new way forward.

You can read the full report here.

Reconciliation in Action Panel: 2014 Union of BC Municipalities Convention

On September 22nd, Reconciliation Canada hosted the Reconciliation in Action Panel at the 2014 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention at the Squamish Lil-wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, BC. The event provided an opportunity for panelists to share stories of progress and partnership towards reconciliation.

Panelists included Mary Pat Campbell, Manager, Stakeholder and Aboriginal Relations, Suncor Energy, Councilor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver, Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish Nation, Kevin McCort, President and CEO, Vancouver Foundation and Paul Lacerte, Provincial Executive Director, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.

The panel was informative, inspiring and a fantastic opportunity to share success stories on actioning reconciliation in communities across British Columbia. We are extremely grateful to be able to take part in such an important event for local governments across British Columbia. 

For more information on the Union of British Columbia British Columbia Municipalities, please click here.

J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and Reconciliation Canada at the Museum of Anthropology

On October 3rd, representatives from Reconciliation Canada joined Trustees from The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation  for a tour of the UBC Museum of Anthropology during their visit to Vancouver. The four-hour event featured a tour of the museum, as well as a short Reconciliation Dialogue Session hosted by Reconciliation Canada.  We are extremely grateful for the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation's ongoing support and look forward to future opportunities.

Reconciliation Canada at the 2014 Comprehensive Community Planning Workshop 

Reconciliation Canada ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph had the honour of providing the closing speech at the 2014 Comprehensive Community Planning Workshop at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria, BC.

The workshop, co-hosted by Songhees First Nation and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, featured representatives from over 60 First Nations from British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon, as well as community and planning organizations, educational institutions  and government and non-governmental organizations to share knowledge, tools and stories in providing a cultural, holistic approach to developing community visions and goals. Reconciliation Canada representatives set up a display booth and shared ideas with event participants about taking steps to action reconciliation in the community planning process.

We are proud to have been part of such a positive event and we look forward to further opportunities to connect with communities across BC, Alberta and Yukon.

Sharing Stories of Reconciliation

Capilano University - Honouring Truth and Reconciliation Week

Capilano University’s Indigenize the Academy committee hosted a series of events to celebrate Aboriginal culture and identity and to coincide with one year since the Walk for Reconciliation in September 2013. From September 22 to September 26 the committee hosted events including film screenings and keynote presentation by Stephen Kakwfi, the former premier of the Northwest Territories and past president of the Dene Nation. 

Honouring Truth and Reconciliation Week raised awareness, educated and informed the community about the historical significance of the residential school experience by honouring and acknowledging the past. 

Additionally, Capilano University is exhibiting the Witness Blanket from October 10 - November 28. The Witness Blanket, a wood-based First Nations art installation that incorporates objects connected to Residential School experiences from across Canada, consists of 13 panels and is over eight feet tall and 40 feet long. Cedar frames hold over 800 collected objects from residential schools, churches and First Nations families from across Canada, and a multi-media presentation within the installation connects viewers to residential school experiences in a personal way. Click here for more information.

To find out more about Capilano University's Honouring Truth and Reconciliation Week events, click here

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 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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