Reconciliation Opportunities for Local Governments

Reconciliation Icons LegendUBCM began in 2013 to promote the work and the reconciliation message of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) in 2013. UBCM did so by working with Reconciliation Canada, an Indigenous-led organization promoting reconciliation by engaging Canadians in dialogue that revitalizes relationships between indigenous peoples and all Canadians.

This work spurred UBCM on to further engagement with projects and advocacy that aim to move reconciliation forward. These initiatives provide opportunities for local governments, in their own communities, to begin or strengthen reconciliation with Indigenous people.

Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Community to Community Forum Program (C2C)

Submission re: National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops Communal Action

UBCM is partnering with Reconciliation Canada and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) to deliver Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops in communities throughout BC.

The partners are currently shortlisting communities for the first round of Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops.

Photo courtesy Reconciliation Canada

Moved by the 2013 proclamation of a Year of Reconciliation with First Nations, UBCM entered a Partnership Agreement with Reconciliation Canada to initiate, foster and support reconciliation initiatives and activities to benefit British Columbians. As a product of the agreement, UBCM, with partners Reconciliation Canada and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), is working to deliver Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops in communities throughout BC.

These workshops aim to inspire positive change and to engage Canadians from all backgrounds in a new way forward to create a better, stronger Canada for all. Dialogue participants will consider ways in which we can move beyond a formal apology to consider what actions can operationalize reconciliation in everyday life. Each workshop creates a solid foundation for building meaningful relationships.

Did you know that Reconciliation Canada provides a free online Kitchen Table Dialogue Guide for Municipal and First Nations Leadership? Start talking now. 

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Individual Action

UBCM has been working with the Provincial Health Services Authority in BC to promote San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training for BC elected officials and local government staff.

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training logoThe UBCM First Nations Relations Committee and Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) have collaborated since February 2015 to offer San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training for BC elected officials and local government staff. An initial local government cohort began the training as a pilot project in September 2015, with feedback from the group overwhelmingly positive.

UBCM and PHSA are now seeking expressions of interest from local government elected officials and staff for future training modules. The training equips participants to increase Indigenous cultural safety in local government settings.

With future modules subject to enrolment, the proposed start dates for training modules in 2016/2017 are as follows:

October 3, 2016
January 9, 2017

The course fee is $250 per participant. Skilled facilitators guide and support each participant through the training, which is completed entirely online. The Core training is comprised of five hours spread over a six-week time frame.

Community to Community Forum Program (C2C) Communal Action

The C2C Program supports First Nations and local governments across BC with funding to come together to discuss common goals and opportunities for joint action.

Submission re: National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Did you know?

On March 11, 2016, UBCM First Nations Relations Committee Chair, Councillor Murry Krause, wrote to the UBCM membership regarding resolution 2015-B111, “National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women”. The letter provided an update on action taken in response to this resolution, and encouraged member engagement in response to the severe and widespread violence faced by Indigenous women and girls in BC communities.

Action on Resolution 2015-B111 and List of Indigenous Women’s Organizations [PDF - 386 KB] – March 2016

On February 3, 2016, UBCM President Al Richmond, and First Nations Relations Committee Chair, Councillor Murry Krause, met with Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and provide local government perspectives to inform the Province’s submission to the federal government on pre-inquiry design.

UBCM representatives provided written feedback to assist the Province in including local government perspectives in communications with the federal government.

UBCM Submission to Minister of Justice and Attorney General [PDF - 433 KB] - Feb 2016

UBCM Call to Action & Proclamation Did you know?

UBCM held a reconciliation dialogue panel at its 2013 annual convention, and issued a Call to Action to BC’s local governments to participate in Reconciliation Week. This week coincided with the TRC’s Vancouver event, and included a lighting of the Flame of Reconciliation, an All Nations Canoe Gathering and a 70,000 person Walk for Reconciliation.

The groundswell of support for reconciliation at the 2013 UBCM Convention inspired the assembly to proclaim 2013 a Year of Reconciliation with First Nations across British Columbia. To this end, UBCM members endorsed the following resolution:

Whereas the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, with the support of Reconciliation Canada, have announced that its National Event for BC take place in the City of Vancouver from September 16 to 22, 2013;

And whereas the Union of British Columbia Municipalities has actively engaged with First Nations communities and peoples through the work being done by its own First Nations Relations Committee;

And whereas the City of Vancouver, the host community for this year's Union of British Columbia Municipalities Annual Convention, and many other communities have declared this year to be their Year of Reconciliation with First Nations peoples and communities;

And whereas making such a commitment is the first step in fostering a new relationship based in respect and honesty:

Therefore be it resolved that the Union of British Columbia Municipalities also declare this year, 2013, as its year of Reconciliation with First Nations across British Columbia.

UBCM First Nations Relations Committee Chair, Councillor Murry Krause, then submitted the resolution to the TRC Bentwood Box at the TRC Event, as an Expression of Reconciliation.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Bentwood Box

Contact

Questions, comments or feedback about any of the above listed reconciliation opportunities for local governments may be directed to:

Josh van Loon
Senior Policy Analyst
jvanloon@ubcm.ca
604.270.8226 ext. 113

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