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Reconciliation

Support the movement for Reconciliation to create respectful, positive relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and communities including gendered reconciliation work.

The Legacy of Canada’s Residential Schools — Odds of dying for children in Indian residential schools: 1 in 25. Odds of dying for Canadians serving in WWII: 1 in 26. CBC News. Image courtesy: Library and Archives Canada

Collective efforts from all peoples are necessary to revitalize the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society — reconciliation is the goal. It is a goal that will take the commitment of multiple generations but when it is achieved, when we have reconciliation — it will make for a better, stronger Canada.

— Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Reconciliation is about reconstructing the historical colonial relationship between non-Indigenous Canadians and First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples, and building respectful, positive, balanced relationships. For YWCA Canada, our reconciliation has a gender focus on First Nation, Métis and Inuit women and girls.

YWCA Canada’s commitment to reconciliation, expressed at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event in Vancouver includes:

  • Stronger partnerships with First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations
  • Succession plans to ensure First Nation, Métis and Inuit women move into leadership positions within our organization
  • Programs, research and advocacy to prevent and end violence against First Nation, Métis and Inuit women
  • Building leadership skills of First Nation, Métis and Inuit girls and young women
  • Housing, services and advocacy to reduce and end homelessness for First Nation, Métis and Inuit girls and women

The 4Rs Youth Movement

The 4Rs Youth Movement

The 4Rs Youth Movement is a youth-led coalition working to change the country by changing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people through Reconciliation, Respect, Reciprocity, and Relevance.

VAW Legal Information Resource

VAW Legal Information Resource

VAW Legal Information Resource is an online tool to support Aboriginal women facing violence.

Native-Land.ca

Native-Land.ca

Native-Land.ca is a community-developed resource to help North Americans learn more about their local history. Insert an address and the map function will identify the traditional Indigenous people(s) of the land and the treaties Canada signed to access and use it.

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the national organization of Aboriginal women in Canada, is an aggregate of 13 Aboriginal women's organizations across Canada founded in 1974 on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) establishes a universal framework for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of Indigenous peoples globally and establishes the principle of fair, prior and informed consent. Canada voted against UNDRIP in 2007, endorsed it in 2010 and announced it will officially adopt it in May, 2016.

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society is a national non-profit providing research, policy, professional development and networking to support First Nation child and family service agencies in caring for First Nations children, youth and families. In response to a complaint filed in 2007 by the Caring Society, on January 26, 2016 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the Canadian government racially discriminates against First Nations children by providing flawed and inequitable child welfare services. Follow the issue by signing on as a witness with First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.