April 30, 2015

Introducing Mary Gerges!

We are proud to welcome a new member to our team! Mary Gerges is joining us as Senior Director of Operations and acting Director of Partnerships. 

Having lived and traveled in countries like Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Guatemala and England, Mary brings a unique understanding of cross cultural interactions and identities. Being of Coptic-Egyptian descent, Mary has first hand experience with the challenges facing oppressed minority groups as well as the tremendous societal benefits that are natural byproducts of bridging differences and working together in unity of spirit and purpose. 

This knowledge is what drives Mary's passion for making tangible, lasting social change. 

She comes to Reconciliation Canada with several years of experience in the Federal Public Service, having worked on the Indian Residential Schools Class Action Settlement Process as well as program and partnership initiatives with the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development. 

We are excited to welcome Mary to the Reconciliation Canada team and look forward to working with her towards a new way forward.

Reconciliation Canada at 150Alliance Gathering in Vancouver

On April 10, Reconciliation Canada took part in 150 Alliance’s Vancouver gathering. 150Alliance is an open network of organizations dedicated to encouraging engagement and action around Canada’s sesquicentennial. 

The event, held at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre, was the first Western stop on a nationwide tour to bring together public, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations to share ideas for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation celebrations in 2017. Reconciliation Canada’s Karen Joseph and Marissa Lawrence facilitated the event and Reconciliation Canada Ambassador, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, delivered the keynote address.

The event was a tremendous success and we are grateful to have the opportunity to engage with such inspiring individuals.

Click here to find out more about 150Alliance. 

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.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Closing Events

Ottawa, Ontario

May 31 - June 3, 2015

We are excited to announce the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Closing Events in Ottawa! The TRC invites all Canadians to come and share their truths about Indian Residential Schools and their legacy, to witness and celebrate the resilience of Aboriginal cultures, and to be part of a national journey for healing and reconciliation.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Walk for Reconciliation

The Walk for Reconciliation is designed to transform and renew the very essence of relationships among Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians. The act of gathering and walking and sharing our stories can join us all in a shared commitment to creating a new way forward in our relationships with each other. 

The Walk for Reconciliation is for all Canadians. Join thousands of walkers on May 31, 2015 as we move forward together for better relations among Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians; relations built on respect, understanding and hope for a better future for all peoples. 

Click here to find out more about the Walk for Reconciliation. 

Interested in volunteer opportunities for the Walk for Reconciliation? Click here

Monday, June 1, 2015

Learning Day

A full day of varied programming designed for elementary, junior high and high school students. Pre-registration is required.

Inspiring Reconciliaction: Creating a New Way Forward

Inspiring Reconciliaction: Creating a New Way Forward is an opportunity for young adult leaders and community members in Ottawa to join Survivors, Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians on our shared journey toward reconciliation. With the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Reconciliation Canada has committed to provide opportunity for all peoples to explore reconciliation for themselves, for their families, communities and Nations. 

Join us to listen, learn and reflect on reconciliation. Together we will recognize and celebrate our diverse histories and unique strengths in attempt to find a new way for Canada, a New Way Forward for Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians. Our panelists will discuss the inter-generational and multi-cultural aspects of reconciliation including the political and economic applications of reconciliation. We hope to inspire and encourage participants to think critically about their role as a young adult leaders in reconciliation.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 

Truth and Reconciliation Commission - Final Report

TRC Commissioners will release their findings on Indian Residential Schools. Join in person at Delta Ottawa, or tune in via webcast for this historic event.

Many more events are scheduled in Ottawa between May 31 and June 3, 2015.  For more information on the TRC Closing Events, click here.

Click here to find out more about volunteer opportunities.

Delview Secondary School in Delta, BC, holds Second Annual Day of Truth and Reconciliation

On Tuesday, April 28, Reconciliation Canada was honoured to participate in Delview Secondary School’s annual Day of Truth and Reconciliation; a full day focused on reconciliation and the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools. 

Students participated in a number of interactive activities and lessons throughout the day. Each student decorated a healing stone to honour survivors and carry forward messages of reconciliation. Throughout the day, we had the pleasure of visiting several classrooms where students shared with us their thoughts and ideas for decorating the healing stones. 

Students created a powerful art installation to explore the history and experiences of those who attended St. Michael's Residential School in Alert Bay, BC. Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph had the honour of being the first person to walk through and explore the piece. 

Elders and intergenerational survivors were invited to participate in the day. During the closing ceremony each survivor was blanketed and received a healing stone painted by the students. The remainder of the healing stones will be placed in the school yard as a permanent monument to reconciliation. 

We are proud to have been part of such an inspiring day. Delview Secondary School students truly demonstrated a deep understanding and commitment to reconciliation. 

We were also very honoured to be part of Burnaby North Secondary's Day of Truth and Reconciliation on April 13, 2015.  To read more about this event, see the news coverage in Burnabynow here.  

We are excited to continue working with more schools across the province on future reconciliation initiatives.

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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