Partner Goals and Progress
Calls to Action: 1, 2, 3, 5
In accordance with the TRC's Call to Action: Child Welfare, Art City is committing to making Indigenous cultural content a more central focus of all Art City programming. We have always taken any opportunity to bring Indigenous content into our programs, and in October 2015 launched our Indigenous Art Program which enabled us to hire a specialized Instructor to consult us with all programming and to run a weekly workshop focused on traditional and contemporary practices. We recognize that the Indigenous Art Program as a weekly workshop has caused culturally specific programming to become compartmentalized and we need to address this issue, turning vice into virtue, by seeing an opportunity to let the Indigenous Art program be a central/ lead change agent in our community.
Assiniboine Park Conservancy
Calls to Action: 14.iv, 57, 63.i, 63.iii, 83, 85.i, 92.iii
- We have done and hope to offer more of the blanket exercise that covers over 500 years of Indigenous rights history;
- Gakina Ndinawemaaganag:Kakinow Niwahkomakanak (All My Relations), a tour based program to learn how nature is interconnected through Indigenous perspectives and explore how we can all be better stewards of the land;
- The Indigenous Intergenerational Program to connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with Indigenous seniors through a shared learning experience, incorporating cultural expression and exploration; and,
- Host a summer entertainment series highlighting Indigenous musicians and performers.
Call to Action:
Call to Action: 66
- In consultation with current Indigenous membership, develop Folklorama Teachings program for students in daycares, elementary (grades K – 5) and middle (grades 6-8) schools specific to Indigenous culture.
- Most Folklorama Teachings programming is customized to individual clients based on inquiries received; past successes with developing targeted cultural offerings (ie. Chinese culture geared towards Chinese New Year celebrations, French-Canadian for Louis Riel Day, Irish for St. Patrick’s Day, etc) to market to clients a specific offer would be incorporated.
- Promote program for bookings to create enhanced opportunities for Indigenous members to present to students on the preservation of their intangible heritage and traditions (Medicine Wheel teachings, language, importance of dance and drumming).
- Partner with indigenous members to deliver teachings on Indigenous heritage and teaching (Medicine Wheel) to Folklorama non-Aboriginal youth via Team Folklorama activities (Cultural Connections)
- Team Folklorama consists of volunteers age 14 - 25 years who are interested in participating and continuing their volunteer friendships/networking beyond their own cultural community and outside of the two week annual festival: year-round events for learning, socializing and community participation (volunteering with third-party agencies under the umbrella of Team Folklorama) our programs annually.
- Enhance invitation process to cultural connections (cross-cultural learning / socializing / networking opportunity) to ensure that Aboriginal youth members, or youth who are members in good standing of Aboriginal member organizations feel welcomed and invited to participate alongside non-Aboriginal youth.
- Partner with community groups and/or non-member organizations with an eye to including invitations to youth who are not yet connected to Folklorama to come and take part and learn about our organization;: supplement non-Folklorama youth invites already extended to newcomers through partner agencies (IRCOM, NEEDS Inc).
Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba
Call to Action: Building pathways to reconciliation
The Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba Inc. would like to propose that we organize a Circle of Conciliation involving the Japanese Canadian community and Indigenous peoples at the Japanese Cultural Centre. This would fall under the Accord guiding principle #6. There are a number of commonalities with the imposition of residential schools and the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II and so the sharing of experiences will be invaluable to mutual understanding.
Mex Y Can Association of Manitoba
Call to Action:
The Rainbow Harmony Project Choir (RHP)
Calls to Action: 10, 44
This year, the RHP will open their concerts by recognizing that we are on Treaty One Territory, the birthplace of the Metis Nation. Further to that, the LGBTQ2* choral group will sing a piece composed by an indigenous person, while inviting and including an indigenous group or person to work with the choir, thus reflecting our special relationship with and honouring indigenous peoples’ right to develop and share their culture.
Calls to Action: 66, 83, 93
- Collaborating with community-based youth organizations to create theatre focused on reconciliation. (Call to Action #66)
- Working with Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce theatrical works that contribute to the reconciliation process. (Call to Action #83)
- Collaborating with the newcomer community to provide learning through theatre about the history of the diverse Indigenous peoples of Canada and to build bonds of understanding and friendship. (Call to Action #93)
St. Andrews Society of Winnipeg
Calls to Action: 7, 10
The Society shares the vision and commitment of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord. Our focus in on the principle relating to sustained public education and dialogue about the history and legacy of residential schools, Treaties and Indigenous rights, as well as the historical contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canadian Society. Goal: to plan and participate in a bicentenary celebration of the signing of the Selkirk Treaty of 1817.
Winnipeg Arts Councils
Calls to Action: 7, 83
Speaking specifically about the arts (Commemoration #83), the TRC calls upon the Canada Council for the Arts to establish a strategy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process. In this spirit, the Winnipeg Arts Council acknowledges the importance of Indigenous people within the arts in Winnipeg and aims to provide creative opportunities in public art projects, artistic opportunities for individual artists and arts organizations, and development opportunities in the area of arts management (Education #7).
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Call to Action: Building pathways to reconciliation
Our mission at the Winnipeg Folk Festival is to create experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people and music. We present world-class creative and artistic talent from Manitoba and around the world. Working with the City of Winnipeg on the Indigenous Accord commitments, we are committed to facilitating the sharing of Indigenous voices and culture with Manitobans, creating opportunities for enjoyment, engagement, education and understanding through the celebration of Indigenous art, song, ceremony and storytelling. Our specific goals are:
- To work with members of the Indigenous community as part of our Indigenous Advisory Committee, to create an ongoing dialogue regarding programming and the sharing of Indigenous culture as it relates to the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
- To program Indigenous artists whose voices and perspectives are heard as part of the folk music and storytelling traditions at the festival.
- To open our festival and welcome all attendees to our festival with a blessing from an Elder from the Indigenous community.
- To welcome artists from all over the world to our festival with a traditional welcoming ceremony including prayer, song and a tribute to the land we are on.
- To bring projects from Indigenous visual artists to our Prairie Outdoor Exhibition to create interactive artistic experiences.
- To present Indigenous artisans in our Handmade Village where festival attendees can interact with the artisans and purchase their handcrafted works.
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Calls to Action: 43, 92.ii
We will hire and maintain an Indigenous liaison staff member to assist with the participation of Indigenous children in our music education program. We will create programs for and sensitive to the history and heritage of Indigenous people for educational programs in schools and our Adventures in Music program. We will make specific overtures to participate in Indigenous special events, building pathways to reconciliation, and provide accessibility to WSO programs to Indigenous organizations.
Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
Call to Action: 92
We share in the goal to make Winnipeg a better place to live based on mutual respect, equal opportunity and hope. We will continue to work as a bridge between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous business communities by creating strategic opportunities to learn and grow through educational and engagement events, meetings and information sharing.
Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU)
Call to Action: 92
Our intentions with regard to reconciliation are to (1) continue to look for ways to create financial empowerment and economic development opportunities for Indigenous peoples and organizations as an open and inclusive financial co-operative; (2) TO continue partnering with community organizations and educational institutions to provide Indigenous peoples with training and employment opportunities and seek to enhance awareness of employment opportunities at ACU; and (3) build awareness and deepen understanding of reconciliation at ACU.
Call to Action: 92
Canadian Footwear would like to pursue, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples and training partners, the design and develop of a healthcare initiative whereby Indigenous people are trained to deliver specialized health care services directly to Indigenous peoples in their home communities. Our goal is to achieve positive impact in both the physical health and incomes of Indigenous peoples in our region.
Call to Action: 92
We share in the vision to ensure Winnipeg’s future is rooted in truth, harmony and generosity. As we continue to develop the inland port in Manitoba, and as opportunities for investment arise, we are committed to engaging with Indigenous people to include them in all steps of the development process with a goal to further economic growth and create jobs. This includes consultation and outreach with Indigenous groups with an interest in Treaty 1 land at CentrePort. In addition, we will seek opportunities to enhance awareness and deepen our own understanding of reconciliation.
Downtown Winnipeg Biz
Call to Action: 92
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will do more to create a welcoming atmosphere for our Indigenous community. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will advocate and promote reconciliation, will continue to celebrate Indigenous arts, culture, music and history. The BIZ will create awareness, promote tolerance and capitalize on opportunities to Indigenize downtown Winnipeg.
Vision: To celebrate and share the strengths of our Indigenous community in our Downtown and City.
Goal: In the spirit of reconciliation, partnership and co-operation, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will make permanent its Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee to assist in Indigenizing Downtown.
Objectives: In the spirit of partnership and co-operation, the objectives of this committee are to encourage:
- Participation of Aboriginal peoples in providing formal feedback on the programs of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.
- Recognition of Aboriginal history, culture, and peoples to ensure input to the range of services the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ provides to the downtown community.
2017 Indigenize Downtown Action Plan and Dashboard:
- Continue BIZ’s ongoing efforts to strengthen cultural awareness and sensitivity training for its entire staff and Board.
- Be aware of, and incorporate wherever possible into programs and services, the 94 recommendations of the Federal Truth and Reconciliation Report released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
- Continue to build strong community relations with all Indigenous groups.
- This BIZ Indigenous Advisory Committee will play a role in encouraging aboriginal peoples to sit on BIZ committees, to ensure their feedback is heard in BIZ Programs and Services
- Engage Indigenous businesses and stakeholders to be part of the solutions to Downtown issues and opportunities (e.g. security, promotions, events); develop their capacity while creating stronger community
- Celebrate our Indigenous community in the programs we deliver.
- Launch It!: Work with the Aboriginal Centre Small Business incubator, as well as the University of Winnipeg Student Incubator to promote emerging aboriginal business.
- Create places to learn, both in the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community:
- Indigenous Gardens at Air Canada Park.
- Storefront “gallery” of indigenous culture and art.
- Placemaking initiatives.
- Manyfest: Infuse programming with Indigenous music, art, and culture.
- Concert Series: Infuse programming with Indigenous music, art, and culture.
- Research the possibility of creating Aboriginal Artisan Market (ACC).
- Continue with the Indigenous Languages Decals Initiative and introduce to every new BIZ Member.
- CHAT: Hire as many Indigenous staff as possible.
- Ensure CHAT workers and others are properly trained and educated about the history and impacts of residential schools.
- Continue Partnership with Manito Ahbee Festival.
- Continue to support employment and volunteer opportunities for Indigenous peoples and newcomers that may help them gain employment in the criminal justice or social services fields.
- Host discussion(s) on reconciliation among BIZ Members.
Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW)
Call to Action: 92
Support Indigenous economic development – partner and collaborate with Indigenous businesses and organizations in project development, including the development of workforce strategies.
- This goal requires EDW to gain sufficient information on programs to advance/engage the Aboriginal workforce and to develop an appreciation of what works and what doesn’t work.
- Use market intelligence to further programs that support the Aboriginal workforce.
ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design
Call to Action: 22, 35, 75, 76, 81, 82, 83, 92
We will advocate, on our health care projects, for the inclusion of Aboriginal Healing practices as an option for patients in collaboration with Aboriginal Healers and Elders. As part of our community consultation process we will initiate this conversation and we will continue to invest in awareness/ education of our staff (Call to Action: 22).
We will call on the Federal Government on any of our federal correction projects to eliminate barriers to the creation of healing lodges within the federal correction system (Call to Action: 35).
We will research/cross-reference on our project locations’ proximity to former Residential Schools and burial sites (Call to Action: 75, 76).
We will, as part of our standard project protocol, respect, protect and commemorate Residential School cemeteries and burial grounds in accordance to the principals identified in Call to Action 76 i, ii, iii.
We will advocate through our professional organisations for the creation of Residential School monuments (Call to Action: 81, 82).
We will reach out to Indigenous artists, where appropriate, and work collaboratively to contribute to the reconciliation process on our projects (Call to Action: 83).
We commit to providing an inclusive work environment.
We will continue to invest in awareness/education of our staff.
We are committed to diversity in our workplace and inclusive hiring practises (Call to Action: 92).
We will stimulate and encourage Indigenous training opportunities in our firm and on our projects.
We recognize that there are barriers to entering our profession (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design) and the design community. We commit to actively working on breaking down barriers to access to education.
Great-West Life Assurance Company
Call to Action: 92
We commit to fostering a culture and a workplace, in which Indigenous Peoples and all employees can contribute to their fullest potential and make their maximum contribution, by promoting and providing opportunities where people who are different can learn from one another. Within the next year, we will strive to increase awareness of unconscious biases through training, continue with our partnership with AMIK Professional Indigenous Engagement Services, and support the creation of Employee Resource Groups for our Indigenous employees.
Infinyt Development Group
Calls to Action: 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
Call to Action: 92
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) finds a lack of clarity or progress regarding the government’s approaches to many Indigenous issues – including the duty to consult and unresolved land claims – threatens the future socioeconomic well-being of communities across Manitoba while hindering meaningful discourse on the development of reconciliation and natural resource sector projects.
The duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous communities which may be adversely affected by resource development lies with both the Canadian and provincial government, who are increasingly shifting that responsibility to resource sector businesses seeking to advance projects on or near Indigenous lands. However, the government’s lack of clarity or direction on the extent of that approach has frequently created considerable challenges for all involved; in some cases, that lack of clarity has led to the stalling or outright halting of projects with potential economic and social benefits for the affected Indigenous communities, and Manitoba at large. Indeed, addressing the questions surrounding this process would also help to build unity between the Indigenous peoples in Manitoba.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce calls upon the government and the business community to:
- Developing a consistent, coordinated approach to Indigenous consultation and accommodation which clearly identifies Indigenous rights and responsibilities and the duties of the Crown and the role of industry as a stakeholder supporting the process; harmonizes provincial, territorial and federal processes; and reflects relevant factors such as new and existing obligations within established case law; and
- Ensuring sufficient resources are dedicated to communicating and implementing this approach across government, industry, and Indigenous communities.
- Establish a framework and timelines for tools to be available to businesses and indigenous communities to help both fulfill the obligations required of them, including guidelines for engagement to seek the level of cooperation and trust needed as a foundation for reconciliation.
Call to Action: 92.iii
Goal: To form a Truth & Reconciliation Implementation Committee and subsequently develop an action plan and budget for the committee’s activities, including, but not limited to the coordination and implementation of: skills-based training, events, presentations, and sharing of educational resources within the workplace in regards to the history of Aboriginal peoples, the history of residential schools, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal Rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations.
Solara Remote Data Delivery Incorporated
Call to Action:
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Call to Action: 92
Along with the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, The Chamber is working on a new social innovation initiative called TRC#92: Youth Employment Strategy. This initiative focuses on supporting learning and promoting awareness around issues related to Indigenous employment within private sector companies, and creating linkages with community based groups who are training youth for employment. Stakeholders will collaborate to help youth develop employment plans and implement the employment of youth in the business environment.
Call to Action: 43
GOAL: Formulate a recommendation and framework for the potential implementation of the UNDRIP to guide and inform future policies, processes, and practices of the City of Winnipeg.
Doctrine of Discovery
Call to Action: 47
GOAL: Commence with a report of research findings including federal and provincial legislation that may impact modification of City of Winnipeg policies and bylaws, and identifies requirements to make any modifications.
Public Service Training
Call to Action: 57
GOAL: 3,456 employees trained and will continue to deliver W’daeb Awaewe and Chi Ki Ken Da Mun until 10,000 employee target is met in 2018/2019.
Call to Action: 75
GOAL: Initial research into installation of a memorial/monument at Brookside Cemetery has begun. A multi-pronged approach has been developed involving Brookside cemetery records, ensuring families are provided adequate supports for involvement, and engaging with other stakeholders with key information about unmarked graves.
Call to Action: 77
GOAL: Continue to identify and improve access to records held by the City of Winnipeg Archives that support the reconciliation process. Building on work completed to date, improving access to the City’s archival records will be our essential goal going forward. Through ongoing discovery, we can prioritize for processing record series that lend themselves to the exploration of Indigenous histories in the city, and of civic policies, programs and decisions that affected Indigenous communities within the city. We will then identify resources required to undertake these appraisal and description projects.
Calls to Action: 57, 92
Contributing to the honouring of Call to Action #57 – Professional Development and Training for Public Servants, Winnipeg Transit is committed to providing its staff with awareness training specific to issues impacting the Indigenous people both historically and in present day. Furthermore, Winnipeg Transit commits to a meaningful contribution relating to Call to Action #92 – Business and Reconciliation, ensuring that Indigenous peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities through focused and comprehensive recruitment and outreach campaigns and partnerships.
Winnipeg Police Service
Call to Action: 57
As Chief of Police I will do my part to ensure that police officers are educated on the history of Indigenous peoples, including skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service
Call to Action: 57
My goal was and continues to be to develop a greater personal understanding of the terrible legacy of residential schools and the ramifications of the cultural genocide that resulted. This relates to Call to Action #57, and to Principle #10 of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord. I have begun this journey by attending the City of Winnipeg’s two-day Chi Ki Ken Da Mun education course in the spring of 2017. The entire senior leadership of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service will complete this course by year’s end. In addition, all incoming new front line personnel since early 2016 have received this course during their orientation.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg
Call to Action:
Building Urban Industries for Local Development (BUILD) Inc.
Call to Action: 92
BUILD Inc.'s self-identified goal is to facilitate training and employment opportunities for Indigenous people by partnering with non-Indigenous businesses to hire our trainees. Through healthy partnerships between Indigenous governed social enterprise (i.e. BUILD) and non-Indigenous businesses, we are addressing Call to Action 92, specifically for training and employment, increasing access to the labour market.
The Forks North Portage
Calls to Action: 53, 83, 93
The Forks is committed to working with Indigenous organizations to encourage opportunities for public dialogue and initiatives for reconciliation. The Forks will work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects that contribute to the reconciliation process. The Forks will support projects that build public understanding of Treaties and projects that expose the public to the significant contributions of the Indigenous community today.
Immigrant Centre Manitoba
Call to Action: 93
The Immigrant Centre Manitoba Inc.’s annual goal for 2017-2018 is related to #93 of the Calls to Action. We are committed to providing culturally appropriate training on Indigenous history and cultural for all Immigrant Centre staff members. Our staff members provide orientations for newcomers and we will ensure over the next year that our staff have the appropriate training to orient newcomers about Indigenous history and culture.
Call to Action:
North End Family Centre
Call to Action:
- Create an active Indigenous Accord Committee (ICC) to ensure goals are being pursued and achieved.
- Officially recognize Treat One Territory and the homeland of the Metis in the NEFC constitution, letterhead, email signatures, and promotional materials.
- Have the ICC conduct an annual review to ensure that NEFC policies and programs are accessible as possible to Indigenous peoples.
- Endeavour to have half the NEFC Board represented by Indigenous members within three years.
Pembina Active Living 55+
Call to Action:
Red Road Lodge – Truth and Reconciliation Story Posts Project
Call to Action: 83
Red Road Lodge’s goal is to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Artists together in a collaborative project. The Project aims to inform and educate Canadians on Truth and Reconciliation through public art displays and storytelling in hopes of creating an environment in which Indigenous Peoples can heal and non-Indigenous people will begin to learn and understand the important role that art can play in the healing process.
Call to Action:
The Salvation Army
Call to Action: 48.i
We remain committed to the principles, norms, and standards of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation. We will seek to strengthen consultation and participation within our structure so that we will collaborate with Indigenous people on programs and services and seek appropriate feedback on current processes and plans that impact our varied social programs in our city.
United Way of Winnipeg
Calls to Action: 1, 5, 92
United Way Winnipeg is honoured to sign on to the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord, as another way to demonstrate our organizational commitment to truth and reconciliation.
For many years United Way Winnipeg has been grateful to learn with humility from the wisdom of Indigenous Winnipeggers, and we continue to honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC’s) focus on truth determination.
Our goals for 2018 will be to continue to work with government, community organizations and the corporate sector to embody and further TRC Calls to Action #1, #5, and #92.
Women Healing for Change
Call to Action:
Balmoral Hall School
Call to Action: 62.i
Our goal is to collaborate with the local Aboriginal community, both elders and youth, in the development of an in-house, full day Equity conference to be held in February 2018. The conference will focus on residential schools, and Aboriginal contributions to Canada. The conference will be led by grade 11 students and age appropriate sessions and activities will be developed for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Glenlawn Collegiate Institute
Calls to Action: 79.ii, 62.i, 63.iii
We have developed three goals for our school to focus on as we move forward as partners to Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord.
In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, Glenlawn Collegiate Institute shall focus on commemorating Indigenous peoples in the daily practices and traditions of our school (79.ii)
In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, Glenlawn Collegiate Institute shall support teachers in their ability to effectively integrate Indigenous perspectives into all subject areas and curriculum (62.i).
In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, Glenlawn Collegiate Institute shall develop student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect (63.iii).
John G. Stewart School
Call to Action: 83
We, the staff and students of John G. Stewart School, are committed to the principles of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord and have identified a call to action that we will work to promote within our school and the surrounding community.
Our self-identified goal is to promote the seven sacred teachings through wood carved signage or some other approved method on our campus or within our community.
Manitoba Association of Parent Councils (MAPC)
Calls to Action: 10.v,.vi,.vii, 45.iii
MAPC is currently working on strengthening its goals to participate fully as a partner in the Accord. Currently, it is in discussion for items that include (but are not limited to) the following actions:
- We will continue to open MAPC meeting and event by recognizing that we live, work, and meet on Treaty Land in the homeland of the Metis people, to ensure that every MAPC volunteer, director, employee, and member parent group understands that the land has a deep connection to our collective histories as First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people, as well as settlers and newcomers (TRC Recommendation 45.iii);
- Offering opportunities for MAPC membership, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to learn about the history of the colonization of Canada and legacy of the Residential School system through workshops and exercises coordinated in partnership with the Indigenous Inclusion Directorate. (TRC Recommendation 10.vi and 10.vii);
- Offering support, as a friend and ally of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people and their respective school communities, to assist in the collaborative development of relevant resources, supports, and materials promoting the inclusion of autonomous parental voice in a variety of school systems, for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people, as well as allies and partners. (TRC Recommendation 10.v and 10.vi)
Manitoba Teachers’ Society
Call to Action: 62
In order to honour Call to Action #62, the Manitoba Teachers’ Society will work with educational partners in Manitoba and Canada to provide professional learning opportunities for educators to enable them:
- To incorporate Indigenous perspectives/teachings at all grade levels in all curricular areas,
- To understand a corrective history of Canada and its relations with Indigenous peoples,
- To fully appreciate the intergenerational impacts of residential schools and ongoing processes of assimilation, and
- To advocate for changes to all curriculum, policies and practices that will ensure full inclusion of Indigenous educators, students, families and communities in Manitoba schools.
Success Skills Centre
Call to Action: 93
We will continue to provide the Elder facilitated awareness session incorporated in our pre-employment program for Newcomer professionals and skilled workers, and expand education sessions for staff. Our goal for this year is to increase the amount of time we are allotting to our present Indigenous Awareness Program with our immigrant clients.
Victor Mager Dakota Collegiate Community Gardens
Call to Action: 63.iii
The Victor Mager – Dakota Collegiate Community Garden will concentrate on Call to Action 63. iii (building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect). In the 2017 – 2018 school year we will create community partnerships and develop cross-grade and intercultural lessons and projects using the garden as a tool for learning and creating empathy and understanding for others and the land.
Louis Riel School Division
Call to Action: 63
The Louis Riel School Division is committed to Indigenous student success, families and community, and providing education to all students that promotes Indigenous history, culture, and knowledge systems to actively encourage intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. The Louis Riel School Division is dedicated to building teacher capacity by our continued development and implementation of Kindergarten to Grade Twelve curricula and learning resources in support of the TRC Call to Action #63 in conjunction with the vision, commitments, and principles of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord.
The Louis Riel School Division’s goal for 2017-2018 is to further develop K – 12 curricula, resources, and supports to further promote our understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures in historical and contemporary contexts, the history and legacy of residential schools, our historical and contemporary relationships to Treaties, and Indigenous languages.
This work will continue to be a collaborative effort with divisional Elders, our community council, the Indigenous Education team, school communities, and teams of teachers from across the division.
Pembina Trails School Division
Calls to Action: 57, 63
As guided by the vision, commitments and principles of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord, as partner, The Pembina Trails School Division is committed to:
- increase inter-cultural competence of all staff. (TRC Call to Action #57)
- promote Indigenous Educational Themes in curriculum including: Contributions and History of Indigenous Peoples, Decolonization, Human Rights, Treaties, Truth and Reconciliation, and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (TRC Call to Action #63)
- close the achievement gaps between indigenous and non-indigenous students.
River East Transcona School Division (RETSD)
Calls to Action: 7, 45.iii
In relation to Call to Action #7, RETSD is committed to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students and closing the achievement gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.
In relation to Call to Action #45.iii, RETSD is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming learning environment for all that is built on the Treaty principles of mutual recognition, respect, and shared responsibility for relationships today and into the future.
Seven Oaks School Division
Calls to Action: 28, 62, 93
Seven Oaks School Division’s goal is to further the process of true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples by contributing to language revitalization, by honouring Indigenous history and culture in our teaching and by ensuring that Indigenous students graduate from our schools to lives of rich possibility.
St. James Assiniboia School Division
Call to Action: 63
The St. James-Assiniboia School Division continues to focus on the Indigenous Education areas of capacity, community, curriculum and culture. St. James-Assiniboia believes in and is committed to improving the sense of connection, belonging and academic achievement of Indigenous students.
Our goal in support of the TRC Call to Action #63 and in conjunction with the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord is as follows:
- St. James-Assiniboia divisional staff will be confident and knowledgeable when infusing Indigenous perspectives throughout their teaching regardless of subject area.
- To assist in achieving this self identified goal, St. James-Assiniboia will be engaged in a Scholar in Residence model with Dr. Niigaan Sinclair for the 2017/18 school year. This collaborative endeavour will help build the professional capacity of our staff.
Winnipeg School Division
Call to Action: 14.1
The Winnipeg School Division continues to support and address the requests of the community for Indigenous language instruction. In order to preserve the Ojibwe and Cree language and culture, Children of the Earth High School and Niji Mahkwa School were established 25 years ago. Recently, the Cree and Ojibwe Bilingual Programming was established at Isaac Brock School to continue supporting this need and also aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action #14.1. Cree and Ojibwe language support is provided for classroom teachers along with evening Cree and Ojibwe language classes for students, staff, and the community.
Booth University College
Calls to Action: 62, 63
Booth University College recognizes our opportunity and responsibility to participate in the reconciliation process both in reducing educational gaps for Indigenous Groups, and in ensuring our academic programs and institutional supports foster understanding, empathy and mutual respect.
Reconciliation and Education:
Year 1 Goal: Establish an Indigenous Advisory Council to develop a cohesive plan that will enhance Booth University College’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, guided by the vision, commitments, and principles of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord.
Manitoba Institute for Trades and Technology (MITT)
Calls to Action: 57, 62, 63
MITT will, in response to the TRC’s calls to action #57, 62 and 63, and as partners to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, provide Indigenous cultural perspectives and competency development for our staff and students though varied opportunities offered at campus and community in ways that foster cultural safety while respecting diversity and inclusion.
Red River College
Calls to Action: 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 62, 63, 64, 92
Red River College is committed to creating a seamless flow of strategic supports that increase enrollment, reduce attrition and increase graduation rates for Indigenous students across the college.
Our Indigenous Strategic Framework includes a response to the Call to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We aim to improve education attainment levels and success rates and ensure students have access to all career sectors. Our Indigenous Education Programs will be preparatory, exploratory, transitional and specialized. Our enrollment supports for the aspiring student include academic upgrading, academic coaching and career exploration. This will prepare students for academic success and transition to employment.
Support for Indigenous students will be relevant to their needs. We will collaborate with our education partners, work with Industry, the Indigenous community, and all schools and/or sectors within the college to ensure our students have voice, presence, academic success and employment opportunity.
This will work to eliminate educational and employment gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Our specialized programs will provide culturally appropriate curricula, including the teaching of Aboriginal languages as credit courses. We will offer Truth and Reconciliation training for staff and students that work from the 94 Calls to Action. We will recognize and honor Treaty relationships and build capacity through intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. Our initiatives will celebrate Indigenous alumni that bridge between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community.
Université de Saint Boniface
Call to Action: 63
Create a steering committee in order to formulate strategies and overview accomplishments in relation to the teaching of Indigenous tradition and culture. Create an optional course dealing with Indigenous tradition and culture in Manitoba.
University of Manitoba
Call to Action: 65
The University of Manitoba recognizes and affirms the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 calls to action as a means of achieving reconciliation and for developing a path toward social harmony and justice in our country. As a research-intensive U15 institution, the University of Manitoba is committed to developing opportunities in research and learning for Indigenous students, faculty and communities.
On 20 June 2017, the University of Manitoba will become a signatory to Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord.
By the first-year anniversary of the signing (May 2018), the University of Manitoba will:
- Through a deliberate recruitment initiative, increase the number of Indigenous faculty who specialize in discipline areas that are relevant to the Canadian Indigenous experience by six.
- Make funds available to support projects that are relevant to Indigenous research and scholarship that will lead to the acquisition of external funding.
- Increase the amount of funds for bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous graduate students who may serve to support tri-council funded research.
By the second-year anniversary of the signing (May 2019), the University of Manitoba will:
- Over and above recruitment initiatives cited for year 1, continue to increase the number of Indigenous faculty by a similar amount.
- Reach the stated enrolment goal of 5% graduate students and thus improve the pool of research assistants who may support tri-council funded research.
University of Winnipeg
Call to Action: 11, 16, 63
University of Winnipeg is contributing to the fulfillment of the Calls to Action through the content of courses across all disciplines and faculties, through sport, through curatorial practices, through governance, student recruitment and retention, and through training and education for other institutions as well.
The University of Winnipeg recognizes that we are located on Treaty One land, in the heart of the Metis homeland. The future of Manitoba and our success as a province depends on the education system's ability to reach out to Indigenous people, nurture their talents and learn from and incorporate their traditional knowledge. Indigenization is about brining Indigenous people, perspectives, cultures and traditions into every aspect of the academy. For this reason, The University of Winnipeg is continuously seeking to advance reconciliation, incorporate Indigenous knowledge into our institution, and implement the Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The University of Winnipeg is guided by both the Calls to Action specifically, as well as an overarching commitment towards reconciliation and Indigenization. We use a holistic approach in working towards these goals.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 63.iii in particular guides us as an institution; we strive towards increasing intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. Throughout our courses, and across our departments, this Call to Action is our aim. This includes continuing education and our programs for professional development and training such as Indigenous Insights. With this holistic approach in mind, we have adopted several future goals that relate to specific Calls to Action, including:
- Call to Action 16: The University has already achieved a great deal in regards to Call to Action 16, which calls upon post-secondary institutions to create programs in Aboriginal languages. We will further our commitment to this call to action by strengthening our pre-existing language programs, as well as pursuing new opportunities to expand the number of programs and courses offered at the University.
- Call to Action 11: While this Call to Action is directed specifically at the federal government, we believe that as an institution we can play an important role in supporting Indigenous students who are pursuing a post-secondary education. To this end, The University of Winnipeg provides Indigenous students with a wide range of supports. University of Winnipeg's Opportunity Fund assists students from traditionally underrepresented populations, such as inner-city and Indigenous students, access post-secondary education. Since 2007, over $2.7 million in bursaries has been awarded to over 2,600 students. Additionally, Indigenous students at The University of Winnipeg have access to a range of academic, social and cultural supports that helps them achieve academic success and facilitates their engagement with graduate school opportunities, meaningful employment, and leadership roles. To do our part to meet the 11th Call to Action, The University of Winnipeg will continue to provide a wide range of supports to Indigenous students. The University will also review funding structures to ensure that Indigenous students have the tools and supports they need to attend university.
Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land
Call to Action: 60
At the meeting of our Fall 2016 Diocesan Synod (legislative convention of lay and clergy delegates) we passed the following resolution: Resolved that: in concert with Call to Action # 60 of the Truth and Reconciliation Report, leaders of the Diocese, in collaboration with Indigenous spiritual leaders, Survivors, schools of theology, seminaries, and other religious training centres; advocate for, help develop and teach curriculum for all postulants, and all clergy and staff on the need to respect Indigenous spirituality in its own right. This includes the history and legacy of residential schools and the roles of the church parties in that system, the history and legacy of religious conflict in Indigenous families and communities, and the responsibility that churches have to mitigate such conflicts and prevent spiritual violence.
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
Calls to Action: 48, 49, 59
To develop opportunities for relationship building between Indigenous and Settler peoples, both within and beyond our congregation; and to build knowledge and understanding of issues addressed in the Calls to Action:
Call to Action #48
Goal: introduce and enable members of the congregation to become familiar with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
Call to Action #49
Goal: to provide members of the congregation with information about the effects of colonization and concepts such as the Doctrine of Discovery :to acknowledge and learn the history of the territory on which we live.
Call to Action #59
Goal: learn about our church’s role in colonization and residential schools and the importance of our apologies.
KAIROS Canada Cambrian Agassiz Region
Calls to Action: 62, 93, 94
Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Synod-Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Call to Action:
Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba
Calls to Action: 62.i, 59, 93
St. James Anglican Church
Calls to Action: 43, 44, 48, 49, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 80
As members of the Anglican Diocese of Rupert's Land through our Synod we are asked to pay attention to the Calls to Action, in particular the calls to the Church, and others through conversation and letters to MPs, MLAs and City councillors, notably:
- (43 and 44) adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation. To that end, we have read the declaration and agree with the findings and pledge to continue efforts of healing and reconciliation through education.
- (48 and 49) As a local church we host a full month of programs each June to educate our members and the general public about the UNDRIP in practical ways through panel discussions, watching documentaries, hosting elders for questions and answers, engaging in book study on the topic and marking our appreciation of gathering on Treaty 1 territory. Our priest and pastor is a First Nations person who brings these items to our attention and is heavily involved in the local and national conversation on self-determination and governance within our church. As a Church, our Synod has publicly renounced the Doctrine of Discovery. The national church is currently engaging deeper in this conversation.
- (57-61) Locally we have set aside an entire month for education on Indigenous issues. Our Synod (Diocese of Rupert’s Land) has passed resolutions that press every local church to engage in education. Locally, every new ordinand will need to become familiar with the story of colonization and the need for reconciliation. We are directly involved in #59.
- (80) Locally in our diocese each May 21 we set aside a day to commemorate and remember the survivors of residential schools. We gather at a monument at the Forks that is in front of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
- We acknowledge that we meet in Treaty 1 territory, the traditional homeland of the Cree, Ojibway, and Dene people, and the home of the Métis Nation.
Willowlake Baptist Church
Calls to Action: 48, 59
Goal #1 - Willowlake Baptist Church will develop ongoing education strategies to learn about the church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary (Call to Action #59):
- Willowlake Baptist Church will regularly recognize that we are Treaty people and we meet on Treaty 1 land.
- Willowlake Baptist Church will support and encourage congregants to attend denominational efforts from the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC) such as the Next Steps workshops to further understand the church’s role in colonization and the history & legacy of residential schools.
- Willowlake Baptist Church commits to having a minimum of one workshop or adult education series to educate congregants on Call to Action #59.
Goal #2 - Adopt the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as a framework for reconciliation (Call to Action #48):
- Willowlake Baptist Church will begin the process of reviewing and updating our programs and policies to conform with the UNDRIP.
- Willowlake Baptist Church will seek out Indigenous voices to guide and advise our efforts to learn about reconciliation and help review our programs and policies.
Winnipeg Presbytery of the United Church of Canada
Calls to Action: 46, 49, 59, 60, 79
Youth for Christ Winnipeg
Calls to Action: 59
Ensure that all staff have opportunities to participate in appropriate educational experiences to learn about the history of colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.
First Nations Child & Family Caring Society
Calls to Action: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will continue to work with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian government to ensure equitable and culturally appropriate services in First Nations child welfare as well as the full and proper implementation of Jordan’s Principle. This goal honours the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s first priority on Child Welfare and Calls to Action 1-5 as well as the vision, commitment and principles of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord.
Manitoba College of Social Workers
Calls to Action: 1.iii, 1.iv, 22, 57
The Manitoba College of Social Workers is pleased to join with the City of Winnipeg as signatories to Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord. According to Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, education provides one of the greatest hopes in advancing the process of reconciliation. The College declares a commitment to reconciliation by taking steps to implement the Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada specific to Social Workers through the promotion of education related to the history and culture of indigenous peoples.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action 1, 22, and 57 are consistent with the goals of Continuing Competence Program outlined in the Social Work Profession Regulation. The Continuing Competence Program sets out specific requirements for Social Workers to complete workshops relating to social work with indigenous peoples, which includes knowledge of the history, culture and spirituality of indigenous peoples.
Identified reconciliation goals:
- Open Board of Directors meetings and College events with an acknowledgement that we are on Treaty One territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation
- Continue to promote participation of indigenous Social Workers on the Board and committees of the College
- Develop a multi-year education plan to ensure Social Workers have the opportunity to receive education regarding:
- The history and legacy of residential schools
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Treaties and Aboriginal rights
- Indigenous Law and Aboriginal-Crown relations
- Indigenous approaches to social work
- Aboriginal healing practices
- Intercultural competency
- Conflict resolution
- Human rights
The Manitoba College of Social Workers will continue to promote social work values that honour and respect the equality, worth and dignity of all people in support of social inclusion and social justice. We welcome this opportunity to formalize our commitment to reconciliation and join with the City of Winnipeg in this important initiative.
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Calls to Action: 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
As a partner of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord the University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to responding to the health-related Calls to Action (Numbers 18-24). We commit to training more First Nations, Métis and Inuit health professionals; to deliver health professional education in the areas of Indigenous health outlined in TRC Call to Action #24; and to supporting First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples cultural revitalization and integrating Indigenous knowledge systems, oral histories, protocols, and connections to the land in curriculum, research protocols and health service delivery models in accordance with respectful protocols guided by Elders and Knowledge Keepers.
Two-Spirited People of Manitoba
Call to Action: 18
Two-Spirit people see and acknowledge the impact of harmful colonial constructs and work to challenge them within the Two-Spirit community and beyond. The vision and voice of Two-Spirit people must be recognized and integrated into Indigenous leadership structures to ensure inclusive, equitable and fair access to resources and entitlements.
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Calls to Action: 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
We commit to providing high quality, culturally safe health care that is free of racism for Indigenous people; increasing opportunities for Indigenous leadership throughout the organization, and enhancing access to Traditional Healing for Indigenous people who request it as part of their health or healing journey.
Manitoba Inuit Association, Rachel Dutton
Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Councillor Winston Desjarlais
Southern Chiefs Organization, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Grand Chief Derek Nepinak
Assembly of First Nations, Manitoba, Vice Regional Chief, Kevin Hart
Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg (ACW)
Call to Action: 43
ACW will determine the current status of the federal, provincial and municipal governments’ position/adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as the cornerstone of their efforts on Reconciliation. As soon as ACW has this information, it will use its collaborative relationship and Joint Management Committee with the three levels of government to encourage those governments who haven’t yet adopted the UNDRIP as the cornerstone for their efforts on Reconciliation to do so until this goal is achieved. ACW will also work with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous political/advocacy and charitable/not for profit organizations to support this effort.
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Call to Action: 85
APTN will strive to increase its presence in Winnipeg by supporting initiatives such as Aboriginal Day Live, as well as other cultural or social events that increase the visibility of our values and teachings bringing together our Aboriginal community and the greater community in Winnipeg. APTN will be the organization that will foster and expand the understanding and relationship between these communities.
Circle of Life Thunderbird House
Calls to Action: 62, 63, 66
Circles for Reconciliation
Calls to Action: 57, 59, 92, 93
Circles for Reconciliation is a grassroots community partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people established in 2016. Our goal is to promote trusting, meaningful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by establishing 100 discussion groups in the City of Winnipeg of ten persons each (5 Indigenous and 5 non-Indigenous) with each circle meeting 10 times. We are attracting faith groups, educational institutions, corporations and new Canadians in groups that discuss over 15 different themes available on our website (www.circlesforreconciliation.ca). Since January 2017, we have established 19 circles with another 20 groups in various stages of formation. Our approach is totally consistent with the vision, commitments and principles of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord and the 94 Calls to Action of the TRC.
Marcia Anderson and daughter Myla
7th Generation – Marcia and Myla Anderson, mother and daughter, represent generations of change and the several generations of work ahead of us to change the current state. Myla is the 7th generation in the Anderson family.
Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba
Call to Action:
Winnipeg Boldness Project
Calls to Action: 1, 5, 18, 19, 24
Our starting point in the project was to document the deep community wisdom that exists in Point Douglas: Ways of Knowing, Being, Feeling and Doing: A Wholistic Early Childhood Development Model, which became our theory of change. The Child Centred Model serves as a roadmap for the project as we attempt to implement strategies in response to the Calls to Action Submitted by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
A large proportion of the residents, parents and leaders we engage with are Indigenous and espouse an Indigenous worldview and value base. Therefore, Indigenous perspectives and methodologies form the foundation of our problem definition and solution finding, and are reflected in the model. We believe that the solutions generated will lead to better outcomes not only for Indigenous children, but better outcomes for all children.
The Winnipeg Boldness Project develops prototypes that demonstrate the transformative potential of our Child Centred Model. These are examples of best practices and we are looking at how these prototypes can be scaled by all levels of government and the other sectors called upon throughout the Calls to Action. The work of the Winnipeg Boldness Project encapsulates the spirit of reconciliation.
Outlined below are the Calls to Action that most strongly align with the work of the project:
(Call to Action 1.iv) We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care by: Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the potential for Aboriginal communities and families to provide more appropriate solutions to family healing.
The project will continue to work with University of Manitoba’s Social Work program to provide field placements for social work students. Their practicums provide an environment to learn how to work from the Child Centred Model.
(Call to Action 5) We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families.
In partnership with the Indigenous Learning Circle, The Winnipeg Boldness Project developed an Indigenous parenting curriculum. Our goal is to finalize the curriculum and make it available for those interested in doing parenting programs with an Indigenous focus.
(Call to Action 18) We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to acknowledge that the current state of Aboriginal health in Canada is a direct result of previous Canadian government policies, including residential schools, and to recognize and implement the health-care rights of Aboriginal people as identified in international law, constitutional law, and under the Treaties.
Our partnership with the Indigenous Doulas identifies the importance of equal access to health care rights and providing culturally relevant support. Their work continues in both on and off reserve communities in Manitoba. Our goal is to continue to support them through the development of an evaluation report that can be used to support further efforts.
(Call to Action 19) We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal peoples, to establish measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes and call upon the federal government to appoint, in between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, and to publish annual progress reports and assess long- term trends. Such efforts would focus on indicators such as: infant mortality, maternal health, suicide, mental health, addictions, life expectancy, birth rates, infant and child health issues, chronic diseases, illness and injury incidence, and the availability of appropriate health services.
The project is currently implementing the North End Wellbeing Measure; a tool developed with feedback from the community about what wellbeing is to them. Our goal is to complete the baseline data collection for the North End Wellbeing Measure and to begin data analysis.
(Call to Action 24) We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
Through our partnership with the Indigenous Learning Circle, we are supporting the development of best practices around cultural safety and training, we are not limiting the scope of potential delivery to medical and nursing schools but both institutions would benefit from the learning about the best practices and training manuals being developed. Our goal is to explore ways that this partnership can impact health care systems.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Call to Action: 68
The goal of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR)is to use the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation to advance conversations and action on reconciliation. This is linked to the TRC final report, which calls on the CMHR to work collaboratively with Aboriginal people and “take a leadership role in making reconciliation a central theme in the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation in 2017.”
Manitoba Children’s Museum
Calls to Action: 63, 66.iii
The Children’s Museum has established, and will grow, mutually-respectful partnerships with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit organizations, groups, and individuals. Guided by the knowledge and experience of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, the Children’s Museum will create new initiatives as opportunities for children, families, schools, and daycares to be exposed to and engaged with cultural traditions, languages, and, practices. The Children’s Museum and its guests will effect positive change with refreshed perspectives, a deeper intercultural understanding, increased empathy, and mutual respect.
We begin on June 21, 2017 with the launch of our first ever celebration of Aboriginal Day from 11am-3pm and accompanying school programs for grades N-5.
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Calls to Action: 65-69, 83, 92
2017 Canada Summer Games
Calls to Action: 89, 91
Goal 1: Increase engagement and strengthen mutually supportive and productive relationships with all indigenous communities and ensure proper respectful protocols surrounding ceremony and recognition of Treaty No. 1, Treaty No. 2 lands and people, and the historic lands of the Metis people.
- Signed formal Memorandums of Understanding (MOU5) with First Nation representatives from Treaty No. 1 and Treaty No. 3 as well as the Metis nation represented by the Manitoba Metis Federation to engage them in all aspects of Games planning.
- Engaged Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers by passing tobacco to provide cultural guidance and advice to ensure all ceremonial protocols are respected and shared.
Goal 2: Expand opportunities for indigenous youth in sport and widen opportunities for all youth to learn and share their respective cultures.
- Employed three Indigenous youth as Indigenous Liaisons to work with the Canada Games staff to increase their collective capacity in sport systems and planning.
- Engaging Indigenous partners and Elders to reignite their spirit and promote physical activity and sports as an essential component of health and well-being.
Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council
Calls to Action: 87, 88, 89, 90, 91
Call to Action: 88
Youth1st strives to see sustainable Lacrosse programming in all 63 Indigenous Communities of Manitoba. The Creator's Game and Canada's National Summer Sport is a gift we view as very important and missing within most communities. Lacrosse is a Medicine Game, used to settle disputes in a controlled way, heal those who are sick within the community, and played to please The Creator. Youth1st is proud to support Truth and Reconciliation with our focus on Call to Action 88.
Thank You Letter to Accord Partners
Dear Signatories of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord:
Thank you very much for becoming a Partner to Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord, and for your participation in the ceremony at Oodena Celebration Circle. By signing Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord, you have joined many other individuals and organizations in our Journey of Reconciliation.
It is my hope that Winnipeg can increasingly become a place that recognizes and embraces Indigenous culture, history, and identity. The initial signing of the Accord brought more than 80 individuals, groups, and organizations together in that common goal. Through our collective actions and commitment to reconciliation, we can continue to build a more inclusive Winnipeg that works toward rebuilding mutual trust and understanding. By becoming an Accord Partner, you can play an important role in that process and I want to thank you for all that you have done, and all that you will do, to support Winnipeg’s Journey of Reconciliation.
Reconciliation is hard work. It requires a willingness to embrace change and to rebuild the mutual trust that began with the Treaties, trust that we’ve lost over the years. It requires all of us to recommit to the story of peace and partnership the Treaties began to tell so many years ago, and it means doing the right thing for human dignity as well as our community’s prosperity and health.
Thank you for committing to be part of Winnipeg’s Journey of Reconciliation, and thank you for finding and recovering your piece of the Canadian story, a story of peace and partnership that the Treaties began to tell, and a story that connects us all.
The City of Winnipeg