Challenge Postcard

.RECONCILIATION CHALLENGE: Sept 13 – Nov 8

Join a community of people on a journey of reconciliation. Honour Orange Shirt Day on Sept 30 by starting or continuing to listen, learn, show up and share. 

“I really appreciated this group for their wisdom, thoughts and insights. As a settler it is sometimes hard to know where and what the learning journey for reconciliation is. It is not a straight line but many paths which takes many to help guide and participate in the conversation. My journey has only just started. I plan to continue on learning and growing. I suggest others look to the upcoming challenge as well as the ConnectR site to do the same.” 

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

  1. Start by joining our Facebook Group or email beaconnectr@gmail.com by Sept. 13. You’re in! We’ll give you information about the challenge, sign you up for weekly notices, and provide dates for upcoming zoom calls.
  2. Visit www.beaconnectr.com and choose a call to action that you will fulfill within 1 week (making the first deadline Sept. 20)
  3. Post on the Facebook Group, identifying your call to action
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3! Each week, you can choose a different call to action, post on the Facebook Group, and do the work.

“This is a great jumping off place… to find or share resources, to share knowledge, to connect to a community of like-minded people, and, to take action. It is a good reminder to keep moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation.”

ONLINE EVENTS

As part of the Reconciliation Challenge, we will be hosting and participating in online events that enhance our learning, build community, and inspire our efforts. While participation is not mandatory, we hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities!
Note you’ll need to REGISTER for the first 2 events:

  • Wed, SEPT 16 7:00 – 8:30 pm CST  “Putting A Face on Justice: From Calls for Justice to Action” Hosted by Iskwewuk Ewichiwitochik in partnership with the Saskatchewan Restorative Justice Network and Reconciliation Saskatoon. Register by emailing Heather Peters by September 14th, 2020. Details available here.  
  • Wed, SEPT 30 9:00am – 12:00pm CST “Orange Shirt Day” Hosted by the National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation. For details and to register visit the NCTR website

Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? WHAT DO WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE?
While reconciliation will mean something different to everyone, we believe reconciliation is about Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians working together to create a new, shared future based on a shared understanding of Canada’s history; authentic relationships; strong, thriving cultures; and social and economic systems that represent us all. The aim of this challenge is to engage more people in taking actionable steps towards reconciliation—doing the work that is required to make change in our lives, workplaces, institutions, systems and communities.

WHO IS ORGANIZING THIS CHALLENGE?
ConnectR is a project by Reconciliation Saskatoon —a community of 115 organizations, non-profits, businesses, faith-communities and partners who have come together to initiate conversations about reconciliation and provide opportunities for everyone to engage in calls to action. Find out more about Reconciliation Saskatoon at www.facebook.com/ReconciliationSaskatoon

CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I’M NOT ON FACEBOOK?
Yes! Each week you can choose a call to action from the beaconnectr.com website and email your call to action to beaconnectr@gmail.com. You’ll receive weekly newsletters and can participate in online meet ups on zoom.

I’M NOT SURE ABOUT COMMITTING. CAN I JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP AND OBSERVE?
This challenge is about creating a community of people willing to put in the work and be accountable to each other. We want to create a cycle of learning and action that creates change in our community. We ask that all people are active participants, sharing a post each week, and committed to doing the work.

DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE FOR THE WHOLE 8 WEEKS?
We’re not going to monitor your progress. We want you to be honest with yourself about what you can commit to. Reconciliation, anti-racist work—it takes time. This challenge is a way of asking people to make the time, week after week, to foster change in your perspectives, lives, work, families and communities. It’s up to you.

MY WORKPLACE NEEDS THIS! CAN BUSINESSES PARTICIPATE? CAN GROUPS JOIN UP?
Yes! This challenge can be a powerful tool for groups and businesses. You can register as individuals and participate alongside your coworkers, peers, faith groups and more. As a group, you can even host conversations outside our challenge to reflect and support each other. The ConnectR team will also offer advice on reconciliation resources of specific interest to your workplace or group.

MORE QUESTIONS?
Email: beaconnectr@gmail.com