Initiative Seeks 100 Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops

During the 2013 UBCM Convention, the assembly endorsed a resolution calling for a Year of Reconciliation with First Nations across British Columbia. To demonstrate reconciliation in action, UBCM is pleased to be partnering with Reconciliation Canada on the delivery of 100 Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops in communities throughout BC.

These Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops bring local leaders and community change-makers together to develop a shared understanding of our collective history, examine what reconciliation means and take positive steps to building vibrant, resilient communities.

Participants come together in a safe environment that allows for meaningful dialogue and relationship building. This is an opportunity to explore pathways to reconciliation including the development of concrete Reconciliation Action Plans.

Reconciliation Canada will also train Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop Facilitators to facilitate ongoing workshops and other activities in their local communities to ensure the process is sustainable.

The Workshops are modeled on a traditional Aboriginal Circle process that creates a sacred space for open and honest dialogue. Each workshop has approximately 40 invited participants including leaders from First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, government, justice, education, cultural organizations, community organizations, faith-based groups and industry. Past experience and participant feedback demonstrates that these sessions provide transformative experiences that lead to positive change in participants, their families, respective organizations and communities.

The Workshops include a specific stream of Youth Dialogue Workshops.

The proposed plan is to deliver two to four Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops in approximately 26 BC communities over the next three years, including:

  • Alert Bay
  • Chilliwack
  • Courtenay
  • Cranbrook
  • Dawson Creek
  • Fort Nelson
  • Fort St. John
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Kitimat
  • Masset (Haida Gwaii)
  • Merritt
  • Mission
  • Nanaimo
  • Penticton
  • Port Alberni
  • Prince George
  • Prince Rupert
  • Quesnel
  • Sechelt
  • Surrey
  • Terrace
  • Vancouver/North Vancouver
  • Vernon
  • Victoria
  • Williams Lake
Reconciliation Canada is seeking support to assist in planning the proposed workshops, and is kindly asking communities to identify a primary contact person, who is actively involved with the local leaders and community organizations, to act as a liaison between Reconciliation Canada and the local government regarding workshop organization.

For inquiries and to find out more about how your local government can become involved in the planning and organization process, please contact Ms. Marissa Lawrence.

Contact Information

Ms. Marissa Lawrence
Director of Community Engagement, Reconciliation Canada
(604) 770-4434 or cell (778) 628-2180

For more information on UBCM's reconciliation efforts, please contact Angela Turner.

Reconciliation Canada is an Aboriginal-led, culturally diverse, non-partisan initiative that promotes reconciliation by revitalizing the relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians in order to build successful, sustainable communities. Acting as a catalyst and a guide for social change, Reconciliation Canada is the leading voice for reconciliation dialogue and action plans.

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