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The “how to” of reconciliation

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission started to communicate and share the truths of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada, many were faced with new information, and the challenge to integrate that information into their worldview of what is Canada. We tend to have a positive worldview of the good in Canada, and the impact…

Avoid the offensive costumes this Hallowe’en

As the leaves change colour and most people are stuffed with turkey, I am hopeful for coming winter months, the promise that a new year brings and the opportunity for renewal. But before we get there, we must cross the most contentious time of year – a time not of innocence, but where casual racism…

Collaboration not appropriation

When it comes to the world of fashion, there are countless examples of cultural appropriation ranging from those that profit off of tired stereotypes and the suffering of Indigenous people to others that straight up steal the work of Indigenous artists. Don’t believe me? Go ahead a google ‘appropriation and DSquared’ or ‘appropriation and KTZ’….

Back to School

September is here and in cities across Canada many parents are picking up last minute supplies and clothing for the kids to go back to school. While their thoughts turn to homework assistance and lunch prep, I wonder how many of these parents worry if their kids will make it home from school alive. This…

Want to work in Nunavut?

The IRG is honoured to work with the Government of Nunavut to support cultural competence.  We certify Indigenous Cultural Competence Facilitators in Nunavut.  And we advocate for Inuit inclusion and Inuit voice whenever we can. Many Canadians work in Nunavut.  If you’re not Inuit, than you’re a southerner.  Want to learn more?  Here’s a quick…

What is reconciliation?

Based on a speech given by Rose LeMay, at the public launch of the IRG. As many political and policy wonks did, I watched Barack Obama’s televised speech in Montreal last month.  I thought about the timing of his speech just weeks ahead of Canada150, and I thanked the Grandfathers for Obama’s leadership.  We need…

A new GG and a missed opportunity

By Destine Lord, IRG director and proud Canadian of Afro-Caribbean descent There is no doubt that Julie Payette is an impressive woman with even more impressive credentials. She is an astronaut, computer engineer, and pilot. In her spare time, she’s an accomplished pianist and choral singer who just happens to speak six languages. To say…

Reconciliation might be like spring after a long winter

Posted in the Two Cents Blog on April 7, 2017. It was a long winter for some, the snow and cold seemed to last forever. But spring is almost here. Perhaps this is how change happens. Perhaps this is how reconciliation might happen. Canada has been through a long dark winter – the history of…