Reconciliation Australia promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Dr. Yvonne Boyer is a lawyer, an academic, and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario with her ancestral roots in the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan and the Red River. She currently serves as a Senator for Ontario and is the first Senator from Ontario to identify as Indigenous.
Senator Lillian Dyck is the first First Nations woman appointed to the Canadian Senate and the first Canadian-born Chinese person appointed to the Senate. Prior to entering political life, she was an academic and senior administrator at the University of Saskatchewan.
Robert Falcon-Ouellette is from Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan and was raised in Calgary. He is the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre.
Wabanakwut (Wab) Kinew is a hip hop artist, broadcaster, university administrator, author, and politician. He became the leader of the Manitoba NDP in 2017.
Senator Murray Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years and was the first Aboriginal judge appointed in Manitoba and the second ever in Canada. He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould is the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada. She is a lawyer, advocate, and is a former Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations.
The Indian Act in the Canadian Encyclopedia
“The Indian Act is the principal statute through which the federal government administers Indian status, local First Nations governments and the management of reserve land and communal monies. It was first introduced in 1876 as a consolidation of previous colonial ordinances that aimed to eradicate First Nations culture in favour of assimilation into Euro-Canadian society” (Canadian Encyclopedia).
Follow these links for more opportunities to listen and watch Chief Dr. Robert Joseph invite all Canadians to become active participants in the journey of Reconciliation:
Learn about Reconciliation from Senator Murray Sinclair at the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: “Take Action: Believe that Reconciliation SHOULD happen.” You can also watch this YouTube video where Senator Murray Sinclair talks about “What is Reconciliation?”
The SICC Learning Outlet provides language and cultural education resources. In stock are English and bilingual materials, as well as Plains Cree, Swampy Cree, Woodland Cree, Dene, Nakawē, Dakota, and Lakota materials. Art prints, maps, cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs are also available.
Search out Indigenous economic development networks in your community and find ways to stay informed through their communication platforms. The newsletter from the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network is an excellent source.
This news article highlights examples: “Several countries trying to move beyond the legacy of human-rights abuses involving native peoples have undertaken truth-seeking and reconciliation efforts.”
Create safe space in your communication by acknowledging traditional territories in the signature of your emails or correspondence. Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. provides excellent background and information around acknowledging traditional territories.
Halifax regional council voted 12-4 in favour of putting a statue of Edward Cornwallis, Halifax’s controversial city founder, into storage. Read the full story and learn how this event relates to moving ahead for Reconciliation. Photo by Craig Paisley/CBC.