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March 31, 2015

Celebration for the opening of Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coastal Art

The #150Alliance in Vancouver

Community Foundations of Canada is bringing together organizations across Canada to create the #150Alliance; a network of organizations to support action around Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. The 150Alliance will be visiting Vancouver on Friday, April 10th to give organizations an opportunity to share their plans, learn what others have planned and to provide a platform to help achieve maximum impact. 

To find out more about the Vancouver event on April 10th, click here. For more information on 150Alliance, click here

Reconciliation Canada at Gathering Our Voices conference in Prince George, BC

Reconciliation Canada was pleased to offer a Young Adult Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop as part of this year's Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference in Prince George, BC. 

As part of the workshop, we asked participants to suggest 'R' words that begin to help us understand 'reconciliation.' This aimed to foster a broader understanding of reconciliation and demonstrate how others may define the term. 

We are proud to have been part of such a positive event. The conference was a great success and we thoroughly enjoyed engaging with young leaders and influential change makers. 

Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference is hosted by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and their Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council. The event was held on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T'enneh in Prince George, BC from March 17-20, 2015.

To find out more about Gathering Our Voices, click here

Discover the Impact of Reconciliation in our 2-Year Impact Report!

We have seen many successes over the last two years. The 2-Year Impact Report celebrates Reconciliation Canada's ongoing story, as well as the growing list of milestones as communities and individuals nationwide embrace and take action on reconciliation.

Click here to read more on our history, Reconciliation Week 2013, Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops and more!

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.

Hundreds gather to celebrate opening of new exhibition: The Box of Treasures at the Bill Reid Gallery

Reconciliation Canada is proud to have been part of the celebration for the opening ‘The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural’, a new exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coastal Art in Vancouver. Hundreds of attendees gathered to celebrate the opening. The exhibition features a collection of masks and regalia revealing creatures and beings from the forest, sea, and supernatural realm, created by Chief Beau Dick, Gigame Walis Gyiyam (Gray whale) and other master carvers. The works are in the tradition of Kwakwaka'wakw Potlatches; celebrating their significance to Kwakwaka’wakw culture. Reconciliation Canada ambassador, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, spoke at the event, alongside Musqueam community leader Audrey Siegl. 

We are also honoured to have attended a celebration recognizing the achievements of Chief Beau Dick. The event, held at the University of British Columbia First Nations Longhouse, highlighted Chief Beau Dick’s work and accomplishments as one of the northwest’s most versatile and skillful carvers. 

The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural runs from March 4 to September 27, 2015, at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. To find out more about the exhibition, please click here.

Reconciliation Canada visits Kamloops and Merritt as part of the 100 Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops Program

As part of our 100 Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops in British Columbia program, Reconciliation Canada is honoured to have delivered workshops in Kamloops and Merritt. 

On March 9, in partnership with the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, Reconciliation Canada hosted a Dialogue Workshop in Kamloops, attended by a diverse group of community leaders. The following day, we visited South Kamloops Secondary School to host a Young Adult Leaders workshop. On March 11, students gathered in the House of Honour at Merritt Secondary School for a Young Adult Leaders Workshop.  

We were overwhelmed by the willingness of the participants to share, to learn and move towards reconciliation with one another. We would like to thank all of our partners and participants, and we look forward to future opportunities to engage with communities in Kamloops and Merritt.  

To find out more about Reconciliation Canada's 100 Dialogue Workshops in British Columbia program, click here.

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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