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Reconciliation Saskatoon

The City of Saskatoon co-chairs Reconciliation Saskatoon, which is a community of organizations, non-profits, businesses, faith-communities, and other partners who have come together to initiate a citywide conversation about reconciliation and provide opportunities to engage in the TRC Calls to Action.

We invite others to participate in reconciliation activities, including the Rock Your Roots for Reconciliation on Indigenous Peoples Day. These efforts are a means of expanding the learning about reconciliation and the network of people committing to the journey of reconciliation.

These activities offer Saskatoon residents the opportunity to learn - in a safe environment - about the residential schools, their ongoing legacy today, and also the incredible resilience and strength of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous community.

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All Saskatoon residents are welcome to take part in reconciliation events in our community.

 


ConnectR Challenge

Reconciliation Saskatoon has launched ConnectR - an online tool designed to help residents choose their own path towards reconciliation.

The Reconciliation Challenge is a commitment to start or continue a journey of reconciliation by using the BeAConnectR.com website to learn more about Indigenous peoples' past and present experiences. Visitors to the site are offered different paths to start their journey of reconciliation. Activities include: reading a particular book, learning about Indigenous protocols, visiting an Indigenous cultural site or going to a local workshop.

Residents can choose to join the ConnectR Challenge Facebook Group if you want to share the experience and access guidance and support.

Funding for the project came from Saskatoon Community Foundation and the Government of Saskatchewan, as well as in-kind support from the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and the City of Saskatoon. The City of Saskatoon also provides website hosting services for the ConnectR website.

 


 

Know Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation

The Know Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation was an idea borne of the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation organizing committee. The committee members wanted to create a map of places around Saskatoon that speak to the process of reconciliation. The map includes locations such as public art installations, sites of historical significance, renaming initiatives, and sites of unique Indigenous and non-Indigenous partnerships.

This project was realized thanks to a partnership between Reconciliation Saskatoon (which the City co-chairs) and the Saskatoon Public Library. The partners are grateful to Reconciliation Saskatoon Youth Advocate Anastasia Hauser, the City of Saskatoon, and to the Saskatoon Survivors Circle for shaping this project and bringing it to life.

The map and the accompanying informational booklet were released on 2021 Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st). This resource will continue to evolve and grow, as new locations are added with the input of Indigenous youth, communities, Knowledge Keepers, and Residential School Survivors.

During summer 2021, there will be a limited number of printed booklets available at your Saskatoon Public Library or Leisure Centre as well as various other locations around the city.

We hope that people across Saskatoon will take the Reconciliation Walking Tour, honouring Residential School Survivors and reflecting on the role they have to play in seeing truth and reconciliation become reality.

 


 
Read for Reconciliation 

Make a commitment to read for reconciliation by accessing some of the following materials through the local branch of your Saskatoon Public Library:

  • Recommended books list
  • Digital media content
  • TRC reports
  • More!
Reconciliation Reading Room: In 2017, the Saskatoon Public Library became the first public library to incorporate a space permanently dedicated to truth and reconciliation when the Frances Morrison Central Library (311 23rd St E) opened a Read for Reconciliation Reading Room.

The space includes a full set of the reports compiled by the TRC over five years, as well as a variety of books about Canada’s history of residential schools. The space currently holds more than 1,200 volumes devoted to reconciliation—adult fiction, nonfiction, poetry both by and about Indigenous Peoples, information on the history of residential schools and the reconciliation movement, and an original boxed copy of the TRC report. In addition, the space is host to programming focused on healing, truth, and reconciliation. Learn more about the Reconciliation Reading Room.