If there is to be reconciliation, first there must be truth.
~Timothy B Tyson
Perhaps one of the most critical statements in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's summary report is "Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem; it is a Canadian one."
I am a Canadian.
And as a Canadian and a business owner I believe I have an obligation to reconciliation actions, to do my part in ensuring that active conversations about reconciliation continue.
Raising awareness for reconciliation
I have much to learn about reconciliation and the Indigenous peoples that shape Canada's culture and economy. It is with the utmost respect and admiration that I will continue to educate myself on their past and present achievements so that I can help to celebrate these peoples as an integral and powerful part of my community.
I invite you to join me on my learning journey and strike conversation as we collaborate in our work together. Some resources I have found valuable include:
SevGen Consulting - an Indigenous-owned consulting firm that provides Indigenous cultural awareness training to municipalities and corporations, as well as many other innovative programs.
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada - a report that summarizes six years of study and the accounts of 6,000 witnesses of Canada's residential school system.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Calls to Action - as part of its Final Report, the TRC called on governments, educational and religious institutions, civil society groups and all Canadians to take action on the 94 Calls to Action it identified.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) - the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world.
- Indigenous Canada - a high-level introductory and * free online * course through the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.