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When is an apology good enough?

By Hill Times September 23, 2019, Rose LeMay As most Canadians, I watched the brownface incident and response on September 18 and felt a range of emotions, from anger to grief. Racism is like that—it elicits such a range of emotions. The question is when is an apology good enough? It’s complicated, but the first…

Hill Times: the myth and opportunity of the Indigenous vote

It’s time we all demand that political platforms give attention to these systems in desperate need of change, so that Indigenous peoples need not fear the systems purported to help them. This is a time for allies—non-Indigenous Canadians—to
amplify the voices of Indigenous and demand some changes. It won’t be easy.

Hey Allies! Do the work.

As people gathered to mark and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day this past June 21, you may have noticed a land acknowledgement given in recognition of the original caretakers of the land on which these gatherings were taking place. In fact, you may have noticed how ubiquitous these land acknowledgements are at almost every event…

Indigenous women and girls go missing every day in this country

On May 5, Canadians will wear red in memory of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The facts are disturbing. There are 1,673,800 Indigenous peoples in Canada according to the 2016 Census. The RCMP’s last official tally notes 1,181 Indigenous women went missing or murdered between 1980 and 2012.  There are many discussions…

What is new is not new: Why we need diversity in mental health

By Lisa Zimmerman, Manager of Equity Programs At a training program last summer, I was part of a cohort of professionals from various sectors, looking to better understand diversity and inclusion principles. At the end of the third day, we were asked to divide up and sit with others from our various professions in order to…

Welcome Lisa Zimmerman to the IRG

As more and more Canadians choose to engage in conversations about reconciliation and advocate for Indigenous inclusion, the demand for our services continues to grow. As such, the Indigenous Reconciliation Group is pleased to welcome Lisa Zimmerman to the company as the Manager, Equity Programs. Lisa brings over 14 years of experience to her new…

Sponsor of the First Nations Health Managers Association

The IRG was the platinum sponsor of the 2018 conference of the First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA). This partnership is important to us, for three reasons. This is the largest Indigenous health event in Canada, led by an Indigenous organization.  Indigenous experts share about best/wise practices in their community, real experience of health programming…

Proud to support Tanya Talaga

With acknowledgement to Tanya Talaga. The Indigenous Reconciliation Group was honoured to support Anishnabe author Tanya Talaga who was selected for the 2018 Massey Lectures.  The CBC Massey Lectures is a partnership between CBC, House of Anasi Press and Massey College at the University of Toronto. This year’s lectures are also created in collaboration with the Toronto…

Statues, history and commemorative intent

Recently in Canada and Scotland, there has been renewed debates about the presence of statues and plaques commemorating figures of history.  The statue of Cornwallis in Halifax, Macdonald in Victoria, Duncan Campbell Scott’s memorial plaque in Ottawa, and the Henry Dundas statue in Edinburgh, Scotland. The debate is not whether the person being commemorated is…

New Year, same old racism

As January comes to an end we find ourselves in the midst of strange days. The world has marked the anniversary of Trumpism alongside the events of the #MeToo movement. While the politics of division aren’t as pronounced in Canada as they are in the States, make no mistake that divisions do exist. Here in…