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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.
Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters, September 30, 2017
Reconciliation Saskatoon is proud to support Orange Shirt Day on September 30 which aims to raise awareness of the devastating impact of the residential school system on aboriginal people and their descendants.
Get involved by wearing an orange t-shirt or clothing item and join the Community Pancake Breakfast to honour residential school survivors, and those who were lost.
As Orange Shirt Day falls on a non-school day this year, schools across Saskatoon will participate by running educational activities on Friday, September 29. Saskatchewan school boards officially recognized Orange Shirt Day in 2016.
Remembering the history and legacy of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process for our community and responds directly to the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada's (TRC) Call to Action.
Community Pancake Breakfast
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 7.30 am - 10:00 am
Location: CUMFI, 315 Avenue M South, Saskatoon.
For more information about this event, please contact (306) 975-9999.
Wîcihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference, October 11-12, 2017
The Wîcihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference 2017 will focus on Aboriginal engagement and human service delivery topics relevant to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants.
Within the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, if you’re working towards respectful Aboriginal engagement and inclusion in community settings, this conference is for you.
The conference will:
- Provide organizations with resources to authentically engage Aboriginal people as employees and volunteers;
- Support organizations working to incorporate Aboriginal values within program and service delivery settings, with the goal of creating culturally respectful organizations; and,
- Highlight Reconciliation efforts in Saskatoon
35 22 St. East, Saskatoon, SK
More information available at www.unitedwaysaskatoon.ca
Name the North Commuter Parkway (NCP)
At its July 21, 2016, meeting, City Council committed to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action, specifically Call to Action #79 which is ... ‘Participate in a strategy to commemorate Aboriginal peoples’ history and contributions to Canada.’
The Name the North Commuter Parkway (NCP) project provides the opportunity to do just that by uniting our community and province in an act of reconciliation. It also engages all of Saskatoon's citizens by asking them to share their ideas for bridge names. Under the City's Strategic Goal of Quality of Life, this naming process also supports the recognition of our built, natural, and cultural heritage.
The naming process will engage First Nations and Métis Elders, 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.
Nominations for NCP bridge names closed on October 31, 2017. A shortlist of four names will be announced in early 2018 and the community will have an opportunity to provide feedback both online and in-person.
For more information:
Information Sheet: Name the North Commuter Parkway
Postcard: Name the North Commuter Parkway
Report: North Commuter Parkway Bridge – Bridge Naming Engagement Process
Attachment: North Commuter Parkway Bridge Naming Process - Attachment 1
City Council Motion: Councillor D. Hill - Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action Report
ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide
In keeping with the City’s commitment to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action #57, as well as the Strategic Plan (2013-2023) goal to enhance relations with Aboriginal organizations through the development of educational opportunities, the City has launched a new resource to enhance our understanding of Aboriginal culture and practices, called ayisīnowak [a/ee/see/ni/wak, Cree for 'the people']: A Communications Guide [kâ-isi-pîkiskwâtoyahk, Cree for ‘the people are communicating'].
The Guide is intended to provide City employees with a basic outline of Aboriginal protocol and governance systems in order to facilitate improved relationship building either as co-workers, through business opportunities, or through inclusion in specific projects.
The Guide was developed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner who provided valuable information on First Nation meeting etiquette, protocols and ceremonial traditions.
The content is presented as an adaptive and living document that will continue to develop as our relationships and understanding grows.
Reconciliation Activities, May to June, 2017
Saskatoon Launches Month-Long Series of Reconciliation Activities
The City of Saskatoon, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Central Urban Metis Federation Inc., along with 54 supporting organizations, launched a month-long series of activities from May 17 to June 21, 2017 to promote Reconciliation in Saskatoon.
The 58 member initiative, known as Reconciliation Saskatoon, joined together to further a citywide conversation about the process of Canadian reconciliation, provide opportunities for transformative experiences at events, and inspire citizens to engage in calls to action.
The month-long schedule of activities will give Saskatoon residents an opportunity to explore the meaning of reconciliation and answer the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's (TRC) calls to action.
ANSWERING THE CALLS
The schedule will culminate in the second annual “Rock Your Roots” Walk for Reconciliation in Victoria Park on June 21, National Aboriginal Day.
Everyone is invited to celebrate our Indigenous community, enjoy food, entertainment and education in Victoria Park.
To have your Reconciliation event added to the calendar, please visit OTC.ca.
News Releases 2015-2017
Economic Development Forum Builds Local Métis Businesses
Wîcihitowin ‘Working Together’ to Build Relationships
Wîcihitowin Blanket Exercise Teaches Shared History
Community Kicks Off a Month-Long of Activities to Promote Reconciliation
Save the Date: Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation
Find Your Call to Action
Saskatoon Celebrates Day of Reconciliation
City & Community Partners Host Aboriginal Engagement Conference
Response Outlined to Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
Executive Committee Considers Kitaskinaw and Gathering Recommendations
Year of Reconciliation Begins July 1st
Wîcihitowin Speaker Series, March 30, 2017
Wîchitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference, October 12-13, 2016
Learning from one another to build community
The Wîcihitowin 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.
35 22 St. East, Saskatoon, SK
More information available at www.unitedwaysaskatoon.ca
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.