We are proud to welcome two new members to our team!
Kimberley Cormack has joined us as Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Kimberley joins the team with a strong background in communications for both government and non-profit organizations. Her focus is on writing, public relations and social media.
Charlene Seward has joined us as Community Engagement Coordinator. Charlene has almost a decade of experience working and volunteering with local non-profit organizations and small businesses. She is wholly dedicated to First Nations rights, reconciliation, and food sovereignty. Charlene is a proud member of the Squamish Nation and is honoured to join the Reconciliation Canada team.
We are excited to welcome Kimberley and Charlene to the Reconciliation Canada team!
Karen Joseph at University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business
On February 10, Karen Joseph, CEO of Reconciliation Canada, spoke at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. The topic was on economic reconciliation: moving towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.This was a wonderful opportunity to speak to students and staff at the university about the impacts of the Indian Residential School system and the importance of reconciliation in an economic context.
Click here to learn more about Reconciliation Canada's speaking engagements.
Mary Gerges at SFU's School of Public Policy
Mary Gerges, Senior Director of Partnerships, Corporate & Governmental Relations at Reconciliation Canada, presented to the School of Public Policy students and faculty at SFU Vancouver on February 18. The topic was on how Reconciliation Canada is engaging leaders and the public across Canada on Reconciliation Action.
Many of those present were interested in how Reconciliation Canada is moving forward in light of recent public and political interest in the subject of reconciliation. There was interest in how our organization evaluates reconciliation success, as well as how we partner with different organizations which have specific mandates in education and economic policy developments.
We were honoured be asked to present to the university, and look forward to future opportunities with post-secondary educational institutes.
Reconciliation Canada's outreach activities at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and at the Simon Fraser University School of Public Policy were made possible by the generous contribution of:
Help us move forward with our 2016 initiatives
Reconciliation Canada has many national initiatives planned for 2016. Help us move our initiatives forward by making a donation.
Our 2016 initiatives include:
Public Awareness and Outreach
Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops
Reconciliation Leadership Learning Experience
Reconciliation Canada - A New Way Forward Society is a registered charity: #82140 3599 RR0001
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph receives the
2016 Indspire Lifetime Achievement Award
Reconciliation Canada is excited and very proud to announce that our Ambassador, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, is the recipient of the 2016 Indspire Lifetime Achievement Award!
The Indspire Awardsrecognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges accomplishments across all categories, including those who have achieved personal and professional success despite coming through residential school experiences.
Thank you to our partners at Suncor for hosting an informal reception in advance of the awards ceremony. This intimate reception allowed team members from Suncor and Reconciliation Canada to connect face-to-face. We are grateful for their ongoing support.
Congratulations to Chief Joseph and to all 2016 Indspire Award Recipients!
Suncor and Reconciliation Canada Team Members
Chief Joseph receiving the 2016 Indspire Lifetime Achievement Award
Nation2Nation Indigenous Speaker Series at Cape BretonUniversity
At the Nation2Nation Speaker Series
On February 23, Chief Joseph arrived at Cape Breton University campus for the Nation2Nation Speakers Series. After a warm greeting by Stephen Augustine, Dean of Unama’ki College & Aboriginal Learning and Ashlee Cunsolo Willox,Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor at Cape Breton University, Chief Joseph spoke to a room filled with faculty, students and staff about his journey of reconciliation. Chief Joseph also shared his vision for building a new way forward based on a foundation of dignity, hope, openness, understanding and courage.
The Nation2Nation Indigenous Speaker Series is a monthly event designed to bring all peoples together to foster a space for co-learning where respectful relations can flourish. The event was hosted by Unama'ki College and the Institute for Intercultural Health Research.
We are excited to have been a part of the Nation2Nation Speaker Series and look forward to future opportunities to collaborate with Unama'ki College and Cape Breton University.
Reconciliation Canada in Eskasoni and Membertou, Nova Scotia
Waneek Horn-Miller, Chief Joseph & Stephen Augustine
A small crowd of community members gathered at the Sarah Denny Community Centre in Eskasoni, NS on the evening of February 23 for a keynote and conversation with Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and Stephen Augustine. Reconciliation Canada was honoured to co-host this event in partnership with Cape Breton University and Unama'ki College.
The evening started off with a Welcome to Territory and Blessing by Al Oakley, followed by a traditional song by Eskasoni band member Michael Denny. Stephen Augustine and Chief Joseph then shared their respective journeys and reflections on reconciliation with the audience through two consecutive keynotes. The evening wrapped up with a thoughtful and engaging conversation moderated by Waneek Horn-Miller on the important role of Indigenous peoples and all Canadians in moving the reconciliation process forward in Canada.
Reconciliation Canada was grateful to have had the opportunity to co-host this public event in Eskasoni in partnership with Cape Breton University and Unama'ki College. Stay tuned for a recording of the keynote and conversation!
The following day, eighty local community leaders gathered in Membertou to discuss the reconciliation process in their communities. This event is part of a series of reconciliation gatherings taking place through 2016. These gatherings aim to highlight the challenges and successes of reconciliation in action in various regions across the country, and will contribute to a national reconciliation narrative. These events are made possible through the ongoing support of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
Living into Truth and Reconciliation
Shelley Joseph with Cathedral Vicar, the Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King
On February 25, Shelley Joseph, Cultural and Wellness Advisor at Reconciliation Canada, spoke as part of the Living into Truth and Reconciliation speaker series at the Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver. These events explore the topic of reconciliation while drawing on resources from Christian theological tradition.
Shelley spoke to a full room about the intergenerational impact residential schools have had on her life, and of her own reconciliation journey. She discussed reconciliation as a personal and lifelong journey, and of the importance of coming together in order to build meaningful relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
Thank you to all who attended this beautiful evening. We look forward to our next event with the church on March 21, where Chief Dr. Robert Joseph will be discussing his journey of reconciliation.