We believe that reconciliation is a commitment, a relationship, and a journey. Reconciliation starts with agreement that something needs to change, a shared agreement that the status quo of the current health and wellbeing inequities endured by many Indigenous Canadians should not continue. Reconciliation continues with the sharing of stories to build relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadians, and uncovering the history of colonial impacts on Indigenous communities, and eliminating stereotypes about Indigenous Canadians. Reconciliation is a journey we choose to take together, with leaders and allies and change makers across all sectors of Canadian society pushing us to do better for each other.
The IRG is a national Indigenous-owned company with a vision to support the capacity for understanding and relationship between Canadians and Indigenous peoples, and to support the leaders and allies and change makers in reconciliation.
The IRG is a registered Aboriginal-owned company under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business, and holds a Procurement Business Number with the Government of Canada.
The mandate of the IRG is to support capacity in organizations to increase cultural competence in employees and in the overall organization, and to facilitate excellent frontline delivery to Indigenous clients. Through training, coaching and consulting, we support organizations to implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The IRG offers unique value in training and organizational change management due to the mix of values, knowledge and skills, and experience:
- Value of strength-based: when we look for strength, we find it
- Value of partnership: we are stronger together
- Value of quality: we continue to learn more to do better
- Knowledge and skills in adult education from both mainstream and Indigenous theory on how adults learn and work well together
- Experience across federal and provincial governments, non-profit, and national Indigenous organizations
- Extensive network across health and mental health policy, funding and provider organizations
Rose LeMay, CEO
Rose LeMay is the CEO of the Indigenous Reconciliation Group, a company created to support capacity in organizations to increase cultural competence in their employees, and to facilitate excellent frontline delivery to Indigenous clients. She brings over 20 years of experience to the IRG in mental health and health systems development. With experience working in both the public and private sectors, Rose is able to facilitate complex and nuanced discussions on the topic of reconciliation and change management, including the role we all have in building an equitable vision for Canada. This vision is one Rose shared with Indigenous leaders around the world as founding international chair of the Wharerātā (fare’eh rata) Group, an international network of Indigenous leaders and their allies working in mental health and addictions. In that role, Rose was also able to see and share best/wise practices created and implemented by Indigenous communities, for Indigenous communities. As a result, Rose brings a strong sense of hope for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and for Canada.
As an Indigenous entrepreneur, Rose is energized through building relationships and sharing ideas. You can read more about her perspectives in her regular column with The Hill Times. She was also a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion focusing on wise practices for Indigenous inclusion. Rose is two-spirit from Taku River Tlingit First Nation in northern British Columbia, and based in Ottawa.
Tlingit communities used to gather around the fire in the longhouse. This is where we used to work through challenges, celebrate individual and community accomplishments, and make decisions together. There is space for all around the reconciliation.