This week, City of Edmonton employees had the opportunity to attend a learning session that promoted a shared awareness of the rich and diverse history of our region’s Indigenous Peoples. At the half day event hundreds of employees increased their knowledge and understanding of the historical impact residential schools and engaged in open dialogue around how municipal employees can be agents in the reconciliation process. Keynote speaker, Wab Kinew, spoke of the atrocities that his own father faced as a residential school survivor and how that experience has had generational impacts not only on him but his son as well. Events like this are the beginning of the City’s commitment to work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action and move forward toward reconciliation.
The fact that these learning sessions are available to employees is just one indicator that the tide is beginning to shift and the process of reconciliation is on its way. It is encouraging to see how one organization can step up and take action; but it cannot stop here.
As EndPovertyEdmonton works on the implementation road map we are looking to find ways in which the Strategy aligns with the work of local organizations, other orders of government and various other strategic documents. One of these pivotal alignments is with the TRC’s Calls to Action (here is a cursory document that shows how each of the documents align).
True Reconciliation will only happen when there is a large contingent of citizens who are committed to enacting the changes that the TRC outlines. How will you work within your networks, places of employment and community to see that Reconciliation happens?