Reconciliation Within BGCBigs Edmonton
We are committed to a path of on-going reconciliation with Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on mutually respectful relationships within two core commitments of the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. These commitments will serve as a framework for our organizations’ action as we move forward on reconciliation. Our responsibility to the Calls to Action is based on the following:
Call to Action #7: We call upon [Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area] to develop with Aboriginal groups a joint strategy to eliminate educational and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.
Call to Action #92: We call upon [Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton] to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources.
We recognize that these Calls to Action require us to be critical and transformative in our current practices and policies and reflective on reconciliation within all facets of our organization.
Our organization recognizes that reconciliation is not an end itself but a process of change that is needed in our city. Our aim is to design meaningful and relevant service delivery that addresses the needs of Indigenous youth in our city. We recognize the need to begin conversations, relationships, and partnerships with the Indigenous community and organizations to ensure we are creating culturally appropriate services.
Our agency acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for Indigenous, Inuit and Metis peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.
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