National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
In the spirit of solidarity with residential school survivors, their families, and the lives of those who did not return, we honour Indigenous Peoples through action.
This past year, we’ve deepened our reconciliation and decolonization efforts with intention. It began with reflecting on our connection to the Crown and our role as a non-Indigenous organization, and identifying key actions we can take to centre Indigenous leadership, establish relationships and trust with Indigenous-led organizations, and actively develop a workforce that seeks out and welcomes Indigenous talent.
We acknowledge that we have a long journey ahead of us—as an organization, in our communities, and in this country – but as we look to the future, we stay committed to operating in a way that respects Indigenous self-determination and through a lens that affirms the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
We hope our actions inspire a ripple effect and inspire you to act as well. We all have a responsibility to Truth and Reconciliation. So, if you're wondering about ways to take action today and every day after, here are some ideas to get you started.
1. LISTEN TO RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS'
Read, watch, and listen to specific accounts of survivor stories, and share them with your colleagues, friends, and family. Hear the truth and pass it on this #OrangeShirtDay
2. PURPOSEFULLY REVIEW THE Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.
The report on the TRC 94 Calls to Action is available online and offers a comprehensive look at what moving forward as a nation could look like. A purposeful review of the report and what it means for you and your organization is an important exercise.
3. SUPPORT INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES
Actively seek out and make purchase decisions that directly benefit Indigenous business owners or entrepreneurs. This includes purchasing a product or service from an Indigenous business, financially supporting an Indigenous creative or media maker, or adding new Indigenous suppliers at work.
4. CHALLENGE STEREOTYPES
Challenge negative stereotypes associated with Indigenous peoples and communities. Dispelling preconceptions aids in the fight against stigmatization, broadens societal perspectives, and fosters better understanding that breeds respect.
5. DONATE TO INDIGENOUS CHARITIES
Give to Indigenous-led charities that are spearheading initiatives to aid Indigenous Peoples and this process of reconciliation.
Research charities supporting Indigenous women, Indigenous arts and culture, reconciliation efforts, health and wellness for Indigenous Peoples, and much more. Additionally, you could also volunteer with a charity of your choice.
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