December 17, 2014

From all of us at Reconciliation Canada, we wish you a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year!

Reconciliation Canada would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations who have helped us to share our vision and accomplish so much this year. 2014 has been a spectacular year for us and we are extremely grateful to all of our partners, supporters and friends who have made this year so special. 

We look forward to continuing our work towards a New Way Forward in 2015.

Happy Holidays!

Call for Nominations  for the 2015/2016 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph delivering his acceptance speech at the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Awards Ceremony

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is now accepting nominations for the 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. The award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue to further the understanding of complex and profound public issues. Nominations are encouraged from the fields of international diplomacy and conflict resolution, climate solutions, intercultural interpretation and civic engagement. 

Reconciliation Canada ambassador, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph was presented with 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue in honour of his achievements and demonstrated excellence in using dialogue to further the understanding of reconciliation and the impacts of Indian Residential Schools. 

For more information on the on the Jack P. Blaney Award and how to submit a nomination, please click here. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2015.

Reconciliation Begins with Me: Your Visions for Reconciliation

In the year since Reconciliation Week 2013, we have seen many successes. None of these would have been possible without you and we continue to be inspired by your commitment to reconciliation. We encourage you to share your Vision for reconciliation and continue the journey. Each vision will add a footprint to the path towards reconciliation. 

Here are some of the visions we have heard so far: 

"My vision for reconciliation is a country where we are able to function like a community where nobody is discriminated against, no matter what their background. We need a community where our thoughts, opinions and stories are able to freely be shared to create a more cohesive environment."

- Jesse 

"I foresee a village in the city made out of log cabins which would be dedicated to the Reconciliation Walk.This village would be set up next to a large lake so pristine and crystal clear.There will be totem poles and a place similar to the log cabins in Coombs in Parksville BC.We can now remember our ancestors who suffered such ordeal of the Residential Schools and start our healing here." 

- Buster “Cat Thunder” Wilson

"I’d like to see First Nations history studied from Grade Six to Ten. This would benefit aboriginal youth and help other students grasp what life was like before and after contact. This course might include art design and visits from current aboriginal artists."

- Kathleen P McClure

Click here to view some of the Visions for Reconciliation and to share your own Vision. 

To visit the Reconciliation Begins with Me website, click here.

Anti-Spam Legislation: ACTION REQUIRED

Dear Reconciliation Supporters, 

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Reconciliation Canada Executive Director, Karen Joseph, official MC for City of Vancouver Mayor and Council Inauguration Ceremony

On December 8, Reconciliation Canada Executive Director, Karen Joseph, had the fantastic honour to act as MC for the inauguration of Vancouver’s new Mayor and Council at the Creekside Community and Recreation Centre. The ceremony welcomed Gregor Robertson for his third consecutive term as Mayor of the City of Vancouver, as well as some new faces and returning members to sit on Vancouver City Council. 

During his inauguration speech, Mayor Robertson spoke of the strength of the Year of Reconciliation in helping the City build new relationships with First Nations and thanked Karen Joseph for her ongoing support and success in building “new cultural bridges through empathy and understanding”. 

Following the Inauguration Ceremony, on December 16 Reconciliation Canada was honoured to witness the traditional Coast Salish Brushing Off Ceremony for Mayor and Council at Vancouver City Hall. 

We are proud to have been part of such inspirational events and to have the opportunity to stand alongside such influential leadership. We wish the Mayor and Council the best of luck with the challenges and opportunities for their upcoming term.

Reconciliation Canada holds Workshop and Presentation for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in Vancouver, BC, and Whitehorse, YT

On December 10, Reconciliation Canada was invited to speak at the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) ‘all-staff’ meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon. We had the amazing opportunity to deliver a two-hour presentation and meet with staff across several departments. 

The following week, Reconciliation Canada hosted a 4-hour Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop for AANDC at their office in Vancouver, BC. This extraordinarily meaningful and thoughtful dialogue led to a number of proposed action plans for how to implement reconciliation initiatives. 

 We are proud to have had the opportunity to partner with AANDC for these gatherings in Vancouver and Whitehorse. We look forward to reconnecting with the individuals we met with to hear their stories of reconciliation in action.

Reconciliation Canada Delivers Presentation at the BC Gathering of Community Foundations

On November, 27, Reconciliation Canada was honoured to attend the BC Gathering of Community Foundations and deliver a presentation detailing the importance of reconciliation, a brief history of Indian Residential Schools and an overview of reconciliation initiatives in action in Vancouver as an example of how other municipalities throughout the province can take part.

We heard some great ideas  how about reconciliation initiatives can be put into action in communities throughout the province. We look forward to future opportunities to engage with community foundations from across BC.

Community Action Toolkit - Take Action on Reconciliation

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. 

The Community Action Toolkit is 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.

A call-to-action for post-secondary students, student unions, associations and clubs. Click here to find out more.

An opportunity to gather friends, family, neighbours and/colleagues to join the dialogue on reconciliation. Click here to find out more. 

A ‘how to’ guide for senior high school students to action reconciliation within their schools, families and social networks. Click here to find out more.

Ideas, inspiration and tips for planning your own reconciliation event. Click here to find out more.

Help us move forward with our 2015 initiatives

Reconciliation Canada has many national initiatives and dialogue workshops planned for 2015. 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). 

Some of our 2015 initiatives include:

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