March 31, 2016

Announcing Reconciliation Canada's latest Amabassador

We're excited to announce that Waneek Horn-Miller is the newest Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada!

Waneek is a Mohawk bear clan woman and mother who works and travels extensively. As one of Canada's few Indigenous Olympians, Waneek uses her passion and experiences in sport to influence leadership towards making sport and wellness a community building priority. She also has traveled extensively throughout North America as a motivational speaker.

Please join us in welcoming Waneek to our team!

Welcoming New Members of the Reconciliation Canada Team!

We are exited to welcome two new members to the Reconciliation Canada team. 

Sheryl Ries joins us as Chief Operating Officer. She comes to Reconciliation Canada with twenty years of experience with Vancity Savings Credit Union where she has held a wide range of different leadership roles. Over the past twenty years, Sheryl has gained a deep appreciation for doing work that enables and builds healthy, inclusive and prosperous communities. 

Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and lives in Burnaby, British Columbia with her husband and her teenage son Chris. She is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Reconciliation Canada team and to contribute to the work of revitalizing relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.

Alexander Dirksen joins us as Logistics Coordinator. Alexander comes to Reconciliation Canada with diverse experience across the public policy, startup and nonprofit spaces. A Master of Global Affairs graduate from the University of Toronto, Alexander has focused his efforts upon inclusive and innovative social impact, including work with the Banff Forum and the Civic Renewal Lab. Alexander is honoured to contribute to the meaningful ongoing initiatives of the Reconciliation Canada team.

UBC AMS Volunteer Opportunities Fair

On March 22, Reconciliation Canada team members attended the bi-annual Volunteer Opportunities Fair hosted by the Alma Mater Society at theUniversity of British Columbia. 

The AMSVolunteer Opportunities Fair offers the 50,000 students at UBC the chance to form meaningful connections with various organizations. This event provided a wonderful opportunity for Reconciliation Canada to engage with students looking to contribute their time in reconciliation. 

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in volunteering with us – the ongoing support of our dedicated volunteers is how we are able to facilitate change and progress with our initiatives.

We look forward to participating in the next Volunteer Opportunities Fair in Fall 2016!

Career Opportunity

Are you a fundraising professional? We're looking for a Director of Partnerships to join our team! 

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Volunteer Opportunity

We're looking for a Transcriptionist Coordinator!

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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 
  • Economic Reconciliation 

Reconciliation Canada - A New Way Forward Society is a registered charity: #82140 3599 RR0001

How will you make reconciliation part of your life? 

Create your own Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan!

Our Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan is a small, but crucial step for delivering meaningful change within your circles of influence. It is designed to be: 

  • Portable – Carry your Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan with you. Refer to it often. 
  • Shareable – Spread the word! Let the world know how you’re delivering change. Take a photo of your Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan to share on social media. Use the hashtag #namwayut. 

The Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan is part of Reconciliation Canada’s national engagement strategy to build a national narrative on reconciliation and catalyze action. We have initiatives planned across the country through 2016-2017, which are intended to engage individuals, groups and organizations in the reconciliation process. Your Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan will contribute to the national narrative on reconciliation by illustrating the ways that Canadians are taking action. By sharing your Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan, you are inspiring others to think about reconciliation and to create their own plan.

Create your own Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan: 

  1. Download and print the Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan card.
  2. Fill in your Action Plan. Share over social media. There are four Back Pocket Reconciliation Action Plan cards on each page. Share the other three with your friends.
  3. Carry your plan with everywhere you go. Use it as a conversation starter.
  4. Take action on implementing your plan!

This initiative is made possible through the generous support of:

Three Canadian Credit Unions Announce Joint Declaration on Reconciliation

On March 11, three Canadian credit unions announced a "Joint Declaration on Reconciliation”: a joint commitment for all three organizations to engage with and participate meaningfully in reconciliation. The three credit unions (BC’s Vancity Savings Credit Union, Saskatchewan’s Affinity Credit Union and Manitoba’s Assiniboine Credit Union) are Canada’s members of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values

The joint declaration affirms that the three credit unions will "embrace the principles of the reconciliation framework, and recommit to the ongoing work of embedding the spirit and substance of meaningful reconciliation in our policies and operations”. 

“Each person has an important role to play in reconciliation,” said Reconciliation Canada Ambassador, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph. "It is so wonderful to see the courage of organizations like these credit unions being leaders in demonstrating how the business community in Canada can also be part of this healing journey.” 

We are incredibly proud of Vancity, Affinity and Assiniboine for making this commitment to embed reconciliation-based values and principles into their operations. We support the dedication of these organizations to reconciliation. 

Read more about the Joint Declaration on Reconciliation here.

An Evening Celebrating Reconciliation in Squamish

Photo credit: Tara O'Grady Photography

Reconciliation Canada had the honour of attending an event co-hosted by the Squamish Public Library and Squamish Nation on February 29th.Titled “An Evening Celebrating Reconciliation”, this event raised local awareness of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and featured speeches by guest speakers Karen Joseph, CEO of Reconciliation Canada, elders from the Squamish Nation,and Squamish Mayor Patricia Heintzman.

This event was a fantastic opportunity to encourage renewed relationships in the Squamish community. Reconciliation Canada was humbled to be a part of this thoughtful and spiritual evening.


Richmond Public Library Hosts Reconciliation Canada for Lunch and Learn Session

Photo credit: Richmond Public Library

On March 3, Reconciliation Canada had the honour of visiting the Richmond Public Library to deliver a Lunch and Learn Session. Lunch and Learn Sessions are an opportunity for groups to begin the dialogue on reconciliation, and allow interested groups or organizations to come together and over lunch and discuss reconciliation for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Reconciliation Canada team members were joined by more than twenty interested community members and staff from the Richmond Public Library. 

The session included a presentation on Reconciliation Canada initiatives and a brief history of the impacts of residential schools, as well as an exercise for participants to begin discussing what reconciliation means to them and how they can implement reconciliation initiatives within their circles of influence. The enthusiasm of the participants was truly inspiring. We extend our gratitude to the Richmond Public Library for the opportunity to meet with such passionate members of the community. 

Would you like to arrange a Lunch and Learn for your organization? Click here for more information.

Reconciliation Canada's outreach activities with the Richmond Public Library and the Squamish Nation and Squamish Public Library were made possible by the generous contribution of:

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