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Aboriginal Relations

Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action

In the wake of the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), Saskatoon City Council on June 22, 2015 unanimously declared a “Year of Reconciliation” from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The declaration resolves that the City adopt and implement the relevant calls to action in the report as well as work with community groups to promote reconciliation in our province.

The TRC Report issued 94 Calls to Action, nine of which apply directly and indirectly to municipal levels of government. The areas include language and culture, health, reconciliation, repudiation of European sovereignty, training for public servants, missing children and burial information, national Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and sports reconciliation (Recommendations 17, 23, 43, 47, 57, 75, 77, 87, 88).

On this page you will find more information about how the City of Saskatoon is responding to the Calls to Action and working to promote reconciliation in our community and our province.

Wîcihitowin Speaker Series

Naming the North Commuter Parkway

During its July 21, 2016, meeting, City Council resolved that,

          “With respect to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action report, would the administration report back on how to engage the community as a whole to name the pending new North Commuter Parkway in recognition of the TRC.  This report will be in response to the TRC calls to action and specifically #79 which is … ‘Participate in a strategy to commemorate Aboriginal peoples’ history and contributions to Canada.’  The administration should keep the guidelines and intent of the naming advisory policy in mind while preparing the report.”

Under the City's Strategic Goal of Quality of Life, this naming process supports the recognition of our built, natural, and cultural heritage.  The naming of civic facilities celebrates the history, environment, and outstanding contributions of our diverse community.

The naming process will engage Aboriginal Elders, and Indian Residential School Survivors, the Saskatoon Reconciliation Committee as well as the naming process steering committee comprised of: City of Saskatoon, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, Saskatoon Tribal Council, and Central Urban Métis Federation Inc.  

Details of the process will be confirmed in coming weeks.

To find out more about the naming process:
Report: North Commuter Parkway Bridge – Bridge Naming Engagement Process
Attachment: North Commuter Parkway Bridge Naming Process - Attachment 1

Year of Reconciliation Activities 2015-2016

Saskatoon Launches Series of Events to Promote Reconciliation

Between May 17 and June 22, 2016, the City of Saskatoon, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Central Urban Metis Federation Inc., with 29 supporting businesses and community organizations, hosted a month-long series of events to promote reconciliation in Saskatoon. The events were intended to engage and inspire citizens on what it means to reconcile and find their own personal call to action.

The month-long schedule of activities gave Saskatoon residents an opportunity to:reconciliation

  • listen to the stories of survivors and their families,
  • learn about our history, about residential schools, in a safe environment that is open and accessible to all,
  • show-up to support events for Reconciliation, and
  • share your personal response to the calls to action with friends and family using #ReconciliationSK. 
Rock Your Roots - It's a Call to Action!

The schedule ended with a two-day celebration in Victoria Park.

June 21: National Aboriginal Day - open to all who want to celebrate our Indigenous community, enjoy food, entertainment and education in Victoria Park.

June 22: Day of Reconciliation

  • Where: Victoria Park near 606 Spadina Cres. W 
  • Time:
    • 10:30 a.m. "Rock Your Roots" Walk for Reconciliation - inviting everyone to celebrate and display their unique cultural heritage. 
    • All-day main-stage entertainment
    • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
      • Free Community BBQ.
      • Learning Activities in Tipi Village
More information:

 Calendar of Events - To have your Reconciliation event added to the calendar, please visit OTC.ca
 Meaning of Reconciliation Saskatoon symbol
 Proposed Vision for Reconciliation in Saskatchewan
 Poster: Listen, Learn, Show-Up and Share
 Postcard: Listen, Learn, Show-Up and Share
 #ReconciliationSK : Social Media Selfie Challenge Template

Past Events
Wichitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference, October 12-13, 2016

Learning from one another to build community

The Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference will focus on issues concerning Aboriginal engagement and human service delivery issues relevant to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants. If you’re working towards respectful Aboriginal engagement and inclusion within a community based setting, this conference is for you. This conference will:

  • Provide non-Aboriginal organizations with resources to assist in engaging the Aboriginal community as employees and volunteers.
  • Support organizations working to incorporate Aboriginal values within program and service delivery settings with the goal of creating culturally safe organizations.

TCU Place
35 22 St. East, Saskatoon, SK

More information available at www.unitedwaysaskatoon.ca

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Saskatchewan World Indigenous Festival for the Arts, August 24-25, 2016

The Saskatchewan World Indigenous Festival for the Arts will bring together different Indigenous cultures to promote cultural exchange, unity and reconciliation through music and the arts within a 2-day festival forAugust 24th and 25th, 2016 at Delta Bessborough Gardens in Saskatoon, SK.  The diverse Indigenous people of Saskatchewan will have the opportunity to work on the creation of joint performances, while inviting Indigenous artists and musicians from other provinces and countries to diversify the intercultural experience.

SWIFFA will be taking place alongside the 2016 World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF).

Fore more information, visit swiffa.ca

World Indigenous Business Forum, August 23-25, 2016

Taking place in Saskatoon, the World Indigenous Business Forum is a platform that engages Indigenous people in global economic discussions. There are four main sectors that focus on Global Indigenous Economic issues; Community, Industry, Academic and Government. Leaders in these sectors are sought out to share their knowledge with delegates.

For more information, including full agenda and to register, visit wibf.ca.