Indigenous Relationships | Truth and Reconciliation
Statement on Truth and Reconciliation:
Foundation for a Path Forward commits to supporting Indigenous women, youth, and families in the communities we serve. We commit to creating equitable spaces for Indigenous staff, partners, and community members. We call for an end to the systemic inequities faced by Indigenous communities. We stand for Truth and Reconciliation.
We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples have suffered under colonial and postcolonial policies. We believe that to work respectfully with Indigenous nations, our staff needs to be aware of the collective impact that intergenerational trauma continues to have on Indigenous peoples.
We need to learn and understand our shared history in a way that moves us towards a stronger and healthier future, with relationships rooted in mutual understanding and respect.
We are guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which establishes the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples and protects them from discriminatory policies and practices.
We are also guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report, and in response to their Calls to Action, we will:
Build knowledge and awareness of Truth and Reconciliation at Foundation for a Path Forward by offering learning/unlearning and capacity-building opportunities for community leaders, organizations, youth, and faith leaders that will increase understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages, communities, histories, the impact of colonial actions, intergenerational trauma, and the role that we can play in walking the path of Reconciliation (TRC Calls to Action 92iii and 62i).
Seek meaningful and sustained relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations, nationally and locally, based on equality, good faith, and mutual respect, to work collaboratively towards equitable, accessible, and culturally relevant and responsive services for Indigenous peoples (TRC Call to Action 66).
National Indigenous Peoples Day -2021
In light of the horrific discovery of the bodies of 215 Indigenous children buried on a residential school in Kamloops, the vision for this event was for speakers to share their voice and lived experience. They shared the hidden history of Indigenous cultures, languages, faiths, history, world view, and art. This event was organized through allyship with Indigenous and Faith Communities (including Muslim, Christian, Sikh, and Jewish) as well as with VACPC Executive Director, and St’at’imc Nation First Nations Member Norm Leech.