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Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action
In the wake of the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), Saskatoon City Council on June 22, 2015 unanimously declared a “Year of Reconciliation” from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The declaration resolves that the City adopt and implement the relevant calls to action in the report as well as work with community groups to promote reconciliation in our province.
The TRC Report issued 94 Calls to Action, nine of which apply directly and indirectly to municipal levels of government. The areas include language and culture, health, reconciliation, repudiation of European sovereignty, training for public servants, missing children and burial information, national Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and sports reconciliation (Recommendations 17, 23, 43, 47, 57, 75, 77, 87, 88).
On this page you will find more information about how the City of Saskatoon is responding to the Calls to Action and working to promote reconciliation in our community and our province.
Naming the North Commuter Parkway
During its July 21, 2016, meeting, City Council resolved that,
“With respect to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action report, would the administration report back on how to engage the community as a whole to name the pending new North Commuter Parkway in recognition of the TRC. This report will be in response to the TRC calls to action and specifically #79 which is … ‘Participate in a strategy to commemorate Aboriginal peoples’ history and contributions to Canada.’ The administration should keep the guidelines and intent of the naming advisory policy in mind while preparing the report.”
Under the City's Strategic Goal of Quality of Life, this naming process supports the recognition of our built, natural, and cultural heritage. The naming of civic facilities celebrates the history, environment, and outstanding contributions of our diverse community.
The naming process will engage Aboriginal Elders, and Indian Residential School Survivors, the Saskatoon Reconciliation Committee as well as the naming process steering committee comprised of: City of Saskatoon, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, Saskatoon Tribal Council, and Central Urban Métis Federation Inc.
Details of the process will be confirmed in coming weeks.
To find out more about the naming process:
Report: North Commuter Parkway Bridge – Bridge Naming Engagement Process
Attachment: North Commuter Parkway Bridge Naming Process - Attachment 1
ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide
In keeping with the City’s commitment to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action, as well as the Strategic Plan (2013-2023) goal to enhance relations with Aboriginal organizations through the development of educational opportunities, the City collaborated with the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre (SICC) and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) to develop the First Edition of ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide.
The Guide is intended to assist City employees build successful partnerships with First Nations, Métis and other Aboriginal organizations by providing a basic outline of Aboriginal understandings and governance systems.
The content is presented as an adaptive and living document that will continue to develop as our relationships and understanding grows.
Reconciliation Activities 2017
Saskatoon Launches Month-Long Series of Reconciliation Activities
The City of Saskatoon, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Central Urban Metis Federation Inc., along with 54 supporting organizations, launched a month-long series of activities from May 17 to June 21, 2017 to promote Reconciliation in Saskatoon.
The 58 member initiative, known as Reconciliation Saskatoon, joined together to further a citywide conversation about the process of Canadian reconciliation, provide opportunities for transformative experiences at events, and inspire citizens to engage in calls to action.
The month-long schedule of activities will give Saskatoon residents an opportunity to explore the meaning of reconciliation and answer the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's (TRC) calls to action.
ANSWERING THE CALLS
The schedule will culminate in the second annual “Rock Your Roots” Walk for Reconciliation in Victoria Park on June 21, National Aboriginal Day.
Everyone is invited to celebrate our Indigenous community, enjoy food, entertainment and education in Victoria Park.
To have your Reconciliation event added to the calendar, please visit OTC.ca.
News Releases 2015-2017
Economic Development Forum Builds Local Métis Businesses
Wîcihitowin ‘Working Together’ to Build Relationships
Wîcihitowin Blanket Exercise Teaches Shared History
Community Kicks Off a Month-Long of Activities to Promote Reconciliation
Save the Date: Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation
Find Your Call to Action
Saskatoon Celebrates Day of Reconciliation
City & Community Partners Host Aboriginal Engagement Conference
Response Outlined to Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
Executive Committee Considers Kitaskinaw and Gathering Recommendations
Year of Reconciliation Begins July 1st
Wîcihitowin Speaker Series, March 30, 2017
Wichitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference, October 12-13, 2016
Learning from one another to build community
The Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference will focus on issues concerning Aboriginal engagement and human service delivery issues relevant to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants. If you’re working towards respectful Aboriginal engagement and inclusion within a community based setting, this conference is for you. This conference will:
- Provide non-Aboriginal organizations with resources to assist in engaging the Aboriginal community as employees and volunteers.
- Support organizations working to incorporate Aboriginal values within program and service delivery settings with the goal of creating culturally safe organizations.
35 22 St. East, Saskatoon, SK
More information available at www.unitedwaysaskatoon.ca
Saskatchewan World Indigenous Festival for the Arts, August 24-25, 2016
The Saskatchewan World Indigenous Festival for the Arts will bring together different Indigenous cultures to promote cultural exchange, unity and reconciliation through music and the arts within a 2-day festival forAugust 24th and 25th, 2016 at Delta Bessborough Gardens in Saskatoon, SK. The diverse Indigenous people of Saskatchewan will have the opportunity to work on the creation of joint performances, while inviting Indigenous artists and musicians from other provinces and countries to diversify the intercultural experience.
SWIFFA will be taking place alongside the 2016 World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF).
Fore more information, visit swiffa.ca
World Indigenous Business Forum, August 23-25, 2016
Taking place in Saskatoon, the World Indigenous Business Forum is a platform that engages Indigenous people in global economic discussions. There are four main sectors that focus on Global Indigenous Economic issues; Community, Industry, Academic and Government. Leaders in these sectors are sought out to share their knowledge with delegates.
For more information, including full agenda and to register, visit wibf.ca.