November 30, 2015

Stephen Kakfwi, Brian Bowman, Ry Moran, Jessica Bolduc, Elder Fred Kelly, Honourable Justice Murrary Sinclair and Reconciliation Canada CEO Karen Joseph with Moderator Wab Kinew at the Indigenous Innovation Summit 2015 panel, Reconciliation as Innovation in Winnipeg, MB.

Get Involved with Giving Tuesday

Reconciliation Canada is delighted to be partnering with Giving Tuesday this year. GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, which – falling after the frenzied shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – aims to inspire people to celebrate generosity and charitable giving.If this sounds like a movement that you’d like to be part of, check out our GivingTuesday profile

We’re inviting our supporters to give the Gift of Reconciliation this holiday season. Your generous donation will contribute to a Multicultural Survivors’ Gathering – Envisioning a New Canada. This event will bring together multicultural survivors of historical injustices. Participating Elders will inform the programs and initiatives of Reconciliation Canada as we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary.For each donation you make, Reconciliation Canada will send the Gift of Reconciliation card to the person of your choosing. The card is designed by renowned Kwagiulth artist, Carey Newman, and will include your own custom message. 

The Gift of Reconciliation is a gift of hope. It is a gift of courage. It is a gift for all of our children.

Chief Joseph among the 50 Most Powerful People in Vancouver 

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Reconciliation Canada ambassador, has been named as one of the fifty most powerful people in Vancouver by Vancouver Magazine. The Power 50 2015 rankings, unveiled at a ceremony at the Vancouver Club on November 16, placed Chief Joseph third on the list, highlighting his role as the leading voice in transforming relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians, in addition to his work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society

We are extraordinarily proud of Chief Joseph for this recognition. We offer our congratulations to all of those included in this year's rankings. 

Read Vancouver Magazine's article on Chief Joseph here

Read more about Vancouver Magazine's Power 50 2015 rankings and see the whole list here

Reconciliation Canada at CUPE National Convention in Vancouver

On November 4, Reconciliation Canada attended the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) National Convention at the Vancouver Convention Centre. CUPE is Canada’s largest union, with over 634,000 members. More than 3000 union members attended the conference, which ran from November 2 to November 6.

Reconciliation Canada provided an information booth for the event. Throughout the day we had the opportunity to connect with members and representatives from across the country.

We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the CUPE National Convention. We look forward to future opportunities to build connections with CUPE. 

Read more about the CUPE National Convention here.

Reconciliation Canada in the Community Upcoming Events

Want to know when Reconciliation Canada will be at a community event near you? This month, we'll be at the following event:

KAIROS Fair Trade Fair

‚ÄčLocation: Gilmore Park United Church 

Date: December 5, 2015

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Approximately 20 tables will be selling fair trade items from various countries of the world. Reconciliation Canada will have an information booth at the event, with representatives answering your questions about reconciliation and offering details about our current programs and initiatives and upcoming activities.

Reconciliation Canada in Winnipeg, MB, for All My Relations Gathering and Indigenous Innovation Summit

This month, Reconciliation Canada was in Winnipeg, MB, to attend events for those working towards furthering reconciliation across Canada. On November 17 and 18, Reconciliation Canada attended the All My Relations Gathering, hosted by The Circle of Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in CanadaThe theme of the gathering was Innovation Emerging from Tradition, with activities organized around four subjects: Community Builder, All Voices Heard, Reciprocity, and Land and Leadership. 

Karen Joseph participated in the panel discussion The Shifting Ground: New Government and Indigenous Peoples, alongside Wab Kinew, AVP Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg; Tina Keeper, former MP, Churchill Keewatinook; Peter Hinsdale, CEO, Assembly of First Nations; and Dan Vandal, MP, St. Boniface-St. Vital. The event was facilitated by Nicole McDonald from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. The panel drew from key political thinkers in the Indigenous community to consider how Indigenous philanthropy will be influenced and impacted by the newly elected Liberal Party government. Karen Joseph spoke of the need for reconciliation to be understood as a Canadian value, and reiterated that reconciliation is not an Indigenous issue; it is a Canadian issue.

The Shifting Ground panel at All My Relations Gathering: Left to right: Wab Kinew, Dan Vandal, Tina Keeper, Peter Hinsdale, Karen Joseph, and Moderator Nicole MacDonald

Following the All My Relations Gathering, we had the honour of attending the Indigenous Innovation Summit in Winnipeg, MB. The Summit, held between November 18-20, was an initiative of the National Association of Friendship Centres and was the first of its kind, bringing together individuals working across sectors from all over Canada to create connections to find new solutions to common challenges. 

As part of the summit, Karen Joseph took part in the special event Reconciliation as Innovation, a panel discussion and Q&A event to honour Justice Murrary Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and to explore innovative ways in which reconciliation is being made a reality across Canada. Karen Joseph joined Jessica Bolduc, Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth Movement; Brian Bowman, Mayor of the City of Winnipeg; Stephen Kakfwi, President and CEO of Canadians for a New Partnership; Elder Fred Kelly, and Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, for the event, which was moderated by Wab Kinew. 

Moderator Wab Kinew addresses crowd at the Indigenous Innovation Summit in Winnipeg, MB.

These events were an incredible experience. We are honoured to have the opportunity to take part and to share these spaces with so many individuals who are working to strengthen relationships in their own communities. We extend our gratitude to event organizers, fellow participants and attendees for making these gatherings so meaningful.


Chief Joseph speaks at Joint Gathering 2015

When we discover our common humanity, we begin to get the sense that we belong in this place together - Chief Joseph at the Joint Gathering 2015

On November 16, Chief Joseph delivered a keynote address at the Joint Gathering 2015 in Vancouver. The Joint Gathering, co-hosted by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada BC Region and the BC First Nations Leadership Council, which is made up of the BC Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, is designed to build on the work and partnerships among First Nation communities, organizations and government officials. 

Chief Joseph spoke of the importance of building meaningful relationships and discovering our shared values as part of the reconciliation process. Reconciliation Canada hosted an information booth throughout the Joint Gathering. This was a fantastic opportunity to speak with leaders from across BC about our initiatives and learn about the activities that other individuals and organizations are engaged in. 

We are honoured to have the opportunity to participate in such a meaningful event. Many thanks to all the organizers and attendees for making the Joint Gathering such an inspiring experience.

Reconciliation Canada at SFU Public Square's We The City: Indigenous City Gathering event

On November 7, Karen Joseph spoke at the Indigenous City Gathering event at SFU Woodwards in Vancouver. The event was part of SFU Public Square's 2015 Community Summit, a series of imaginative events and activities designed to bring together community members and start meaningful conversations. This year, the summit took shape as a series of events exploring the theme of city building. Attendees heard from speakers including Cecilia Point, Ginger Gosnell-Myers and Senaqwila Wyss, and experienced a performance by renowned northwest dancing group, Git HayetskKaren Joseph spoke on the work of Reconciliation Canada, and how experiences such as hosting the events during Reconciliation Week in 2013 have given her a new optimism for Canada achieve reconciliation. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the event, and we offer our thanks to SFU Public Square for hosting such an amazing gathering.

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