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June 11th: How Can I Practice Reconciliation?

June 11th, marks the 10-year anniversary of the Government of Canada’s apology to Indigenous Peoples for the Residential School system.

Acts of reconciliation are taking place, but we all need to be involved & responsible.

Please take time on June 11th, to consider your role and how you participate in reconciliation.

Learn the name of the traditional territory you live

and work in & acknowledge it.

Celebrate diversity in the workplace; make opportunities to gather and talk about reconciliation.

Ensure there is no unequal treatment of Indigenous workers in your workplace.

Bring in an Elder for the opening & closing of events, take time to talk about their protocols and ensure a honourarium is ready.

Learn about and support Indigenous issues in your community and nationally. Attend a Sisters in Spirit vigil on October 4th honouring and remembering Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) https://www.nwac.ca/home/policy-areas/violence-prevention-and-safety/sisters-in-spirit/october-4th-vigils/

Learn about the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/

Support and participate in Orange Shirt day http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Initiate discussions with family and friends on Indigenous issues and about how to practice reconciliation as a family.

Take time to review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 94 Calls to Action and visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website https://nctr.ca/map.php

• Participate in the Blanket Exercise https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/

Educate yourself on disrespectful phrases, refrain from using “Canada’s Indigenous Peoples” as Indigenous Peoples do not ‘belong’ to Canada.

Learn how to say common words, and greetings in the local Indigenous languages. This shows respect.

Ensure the workplace is a safe space for everyone. Be respectful of all people’s differences and languages. Show compassion and be kind to others about their lived experiences. Non-Indigenous workers need understanding in working with Indigenous workers.

Support local Indigenous traditions and cultures, but please don’t appropriate!

Learn about the history and intention of treaty.

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