Strengthening Relations with Indigenous Populations

Our 60th anniversary in 2015 was a pivotal year for the Calgary Foundation.  It prompted the reassessment of our priorities to add strategic focus, alignment and impact to our work.  Through multi-staged consultations and extensive analysis of research, five vital priorities were identified.  One of these five priorities included strengthening relations with Indigenous populations.

On December 15, 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released a final report outlining new opportunities for communities to begin a collective journey toward reconciliation with indigenous populations

The TRC initiative launched in 2008 after Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued an apology to residential school survivors. The mandate of the TRC was to mobilize a truth telling movement for survivors of residential schools, while increasing the knowledge and education of all Canadians on the dark history and policy of the residential school system. Providing public platforms, support and ceremony for survivors to tell their story, 94 calls to action were identified and presented in the final report from the TRC.

In the spring of 2016, the Calgary Foundation convened a circle of Indigenous advisors to provide direction on ways the Foundation could enhance their work toward reconciliation.  It was determined that in order to have  lasting impact on the broader community, this work needed to be weaved into the Foundation fabric.

On May 15, 2017 the Calgary Foundation welcomed a Director of Indigenous Relations to the leadership team. Indigenous culture is rooted in oral tradition and the Foundation shares in this practice through stories of impact, giving nature and work of the heart. We are very excited to have the support of our new Director to help guide our work internally and in the broader community.

Through this collective effort we are committed to being active change makers in the mobilization of reconciliation as we enter the next 150 years. 

Acknowledging the land in which we are situated is happening more frequently than ever before. It is our hope that this will be considered by all those also incorporating a change process into their practice. We have provided a sample HERE.