Reconciliation Network

Background

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established in 2008 and was tasked with documenting the history and impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system on Indigenous students and their families. After conducting six years of study and hearing the stories of residential school survivors, the TRC released an Executive Summary of its findings and 94 “calls to action”. These calls to action now need to be heeded to realize healing for indigenous peoples and to enter into a new relationship between Canadians and Indigenous peoples.

Truth, Healing and Reconciliation (THR) Videos

Why a Reconciliation “Network”?

Many of us are actively involved with reconciliation.  Many of us have questions and aren’t sure where to turn for answers.  Many of us would like opportunities to learn more and to have dialogue with others.  In acknowledging all of this, our Reconciliation Network reflects the fact that we have no special committee or group responsible for reconciliation.  We are all part of the network.

A fluid working group is meeting at various times (rather than a set time/day) to nurture this network and everyone is welcome to join us.  This webpage will be evolving and changing.  Please email us at reconciliation@vancouverunitarians with your questions, ideas and suggestions.

What can you do?

Read a book, watch a documentary, attend an event, take a course, join a discussion group.  Check out our growing list of resources below.


Upcoming Events in the Community

April 5, 2019 – January, 2020
There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools.
There is Truth Here focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island) and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba). The focus of the exhibition is not on the schools themselves, but upon witnessing the experiences of the survivors as conveyed through their childhood artworks – for some the only surviving material from their childhoods.


Reconciliation Resources


RAVEN is a non-profit charitable organization that provides financial resources to assist Aboriginal Nations within Canada in lawfully forcing industrial development to be reconciled with their traditional ways of life, and in a manner that addresses global warming or other ecological sustainability challenges.

RAVEN’s vision is a country that embraces the ancestral laws of Indigenous Peoples and their equitable access to the justice system within a thriving natural habitat. Learn more about RAVEN.



Videos

– Documentaries
– APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
– and more.



Books

– First Nations authors
– First Nations law
– History before and after colonization
– and more.







Audio

– Radio programs
– Podcasts
– and more.



Courses

– Online programs
– Community programs
– and more.



Historical Documents

– UNDRIP
– 2015 Report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
– and more.



Reference Guides