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.
Convening Communities: Our Work with the VACPC
We have partnered with VACPC on multiple initiatives over the last year to address the impact of colonization on Aboriginal, BIPOC, and faith communities. The work we do on the Downtown East Side primarily supports Indigenous peoples and we are grateful to have VACPC as an ally in addressing community needs.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination -2021
On March 21st we worked with the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Chiefs and Regional Chief Terry Teegee to address the systemic discrimination faced by First Nations people in BC and Canada. Regional Chief Terry Teegee was the key note speaker at our event.
Gaining Reliable Knowledge: Goodminds.com
Foundation for a Path Forward supports the principle of learning about a people - from those people. We wish to amplify the work of GoodMinds.com in seeking to change the narrative regarding First Nations and Indigenous Stories and the people who tell them.
GoodMinds.com continues the traditions of community philanthropy and exceptional customer service established over the last 20 years. GoodMinds.com is located on the Six Nations of the Grand River in Brantford, and is a First Nations family-owned business. They maintain a passion for First Nations, Metis and Inuit authorship and education.
Their subscription box service specializing in supplies for teachers. GoodMinds.com remains a leading source of Indigenous education resources for schools and libraries in North America, while continuing to promote Indigenous authors, illustrators and translators.
Disaster Relief for the Lytton First Nations
The Great B.C. Anti-Racism Roadshow:
SUPPORT FOR THE LYTTON FIRST NATION AND VICTIMS OF THE 2021 WILDFIRE
(Vancouver, BC) — On June 30, 2021 a wildfire broke out near the town of Lytton, British Columbia. Since then, the fire has destroyed most of Lytton as well as the surrounding area. Lytton is inhabited by a majority of the Indigenous Nlaka'pamux people. The estimated population of the Nlaka'pamux is around 1,500 in number. The wildfire displaced the entirety of the Indigenous community as well as the residents of the town. As of July 11th, 2021 the wildfire is still classified as Out of Control by the BC Wildfire Service.
Several interfaith groups, charities and NGOs have committed to assisting the people of Lytton and the Lytton First Nations community in rebuilding and securing immediate aid (food, shelter, clothing etc.). Together, we have raised $35,450.02 to support the community. Facilitated by Foundation for a Path Forward, contributing organizations include the BCMA, Human Concern International (HCI), the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF), Islamic Relief Canada (IRC), the Muslim Food Bank & Community Services (MFBCS).
On Friday, July 16th at 9:30AM at the Chilliwack city hall, we presented funds raised in a ceremony with Chief Janet Webster of the Lytton First Nation, representatives from the supporting organizations, and representatives from the Resilience B.C. Network, Chilliwack Community Services. The local branch of the BCMA, the Chilliwack Islamic Center, will be hosting this event, and officials of the branch joined the ceremony.
Foundation for a Path Forward is the Official B.C. Faith Community Convener, working in partnership with Resilience B.C. They take a start-up mindset to developing innovative and impactful solutions to support anti-racism initiatives, cultural programs, technological innovation, environmental protection, gender equality, youth development, refugee support, and mental health resources in B.C. and across Canada.
The BCMA is the largest Muslim organization in British Columbia. They are a 55-year-old organization with 17 branches across the province, supporting not only the Muslim community with cultural and religious support, but also the general public with humanitarian and cultural outreach.
HCI delivers life-saving aid to millions of people crippled by crisis, HCI is committed to sustainable development. This commitment allows us to maximize the impact of your donations by taking a holistic approach to development rooted in empowering the communities we work in.
The Muslim Food Bank programs serves the needs of clients who have special dietary needs (halal, kosher, vegetarian, vegan, etc.). Their client base demographic is predominantly Muslim from all ethnicities. However, they are non-denominational and try to serve families from all faiths and cultural communities.
IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation) is a Canadian registered charitable organization dedicated to empowering the disadvantaged people of the world. IDRF provides effective humanitarian aid and sustainable development programs, without discrimination, based on the Islamic principles of human dignity, self-reliance, and social justice.
About Islamic Relief Canada
Islamic Relief works with communities to strengthen their resilience to calamities, and they provide vital emergency aid when disasters occur.
The Resilience BC anti-racism network offers a multi-faceted, province wide approach in identifying and challenging racism. The program will connect communities with information, support and training they need to respond to, and prevent future incidents of racism and hate.