Resources on Reconciliation

As the IRG comes across examples and resources about reconciliation, including organizational cultural competence, they will be posted here. Know of a great resource? Please let us know!


A Journey We Walk Together: Strengthening Indigenous Cultural Competency in Health Organizations. A Primer for Health Organizations on Building and Enhancing Indigenous Cultural Competency

To achieve the outcome of becoming more culturally competent organizations, we need to have culturally competent individuals who are supported by intentional structures and effective processes. This report examines cultural competency from both the perspective of the individual and of the organization. What stages of change does an individual go through on their cultural competency journey? And what can the organization implement to support their clients, leaders, managers and employees? Consider where your organization is on its journey toward cultural competency and explore how you can improve your structures and processes to see better outcomes. Authored by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, with the First Nations Health Managers Association.

Reconciliation a work in progress

On 20–21 February 2009, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the Legacy of Hope Foundation hosted a two-day gathering of colleagues to deliberate public engagement in the approaching Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), with this resulting report. Even the narrowest of topic will engender diversity of outlook, but here the purpose was not to contract a discussion, but to bring a wide-ranging collection of perspectives into the service of a shared, and focused, vista populated by opportunity. Authored by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the Legacy of Hope Foundation, 2010.

Response, reconciliation and renewal: Canada’s truth and reconciliation journey

This is the second installment in a two-volume set produced by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. This volume contains personal reflections on the opportunities and challenges posed by the truth and reconciliation process, which was constituted in the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, to aid in the deliberation of work facing Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The work of truth and reconciliation has at its core human relationships. The Indian residential school system, and the policies that informed it, has shaped not only the past, but the present. It has shaped relationships between the Canadian government and Aboriginal peoples, between the abused and their abusers, and between individuals within families and communities. Indeed, as we set out on this unique voyage, every wrinkle in the territory may be understood as a relationship. Authored by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2009. More resources are available at AHF.

Educational Resources on Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) was created to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy. Not just for a few years, but forever. Officially opening in the summer of 2015, the NCTR will be the permanent home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. There is a growing list of educational resources on reconciliation.

Book and Reading Lists

Indigenous Panel on Reconciliation Recommendations

CBC: “April 26, 2017 we hosted a live, interactive roundtable on treaties, reconciliation and Indigenous history in Canada, featuring Indigenous community leaders, educators and advocates. We had a lively conversation with our panel, who answered some of your smart questions. One viewer asked for a reading list that can help us better educate ourselves about treaties. Cynthia Esquimaux listed a few (her long list of recommendations is below). Post-broadcast we reached out to the rest of the panel to get their reading recommendations.

Minister of Reconciliation's Book Club

Minister of Reconciliation Carolyn Bennett’s book club includes fiction and non-fiction by Indigenous authors, called IndigenousReads.

Books for Children

10 books about residential schools to read with your kids, CBC

The Secret Path

Graphic novel, album, and animated film adaptation, through the Gord Downey & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Examples and Ideas

FNHA and the Truth and Reconciliation Report

As a first-of-its-kind First Nations health organization in BC, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is involved with and supports the broader national reconciliation process on a daily basis, as we work with First Nations communities as well as our partners at Health Canada and throughout BC. Here we provide an overview of FNHA’s alignment with the spirit of the TRC report and our role in advancing the Calls to Action.

Philanthropy’s Declaration of Action

Coinciding with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) holding its closing events in Ottawa, a group of Canada’s philanthropic organizations (Inspirit Foundation, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, The Counselling Foundation of Canada) have prepared a Declaration of Action committing to ensuring that positive action on reconciliation will continue. The Declaration is a call to action inviting others to join in moving forward in an atmosphere of understanding, dignity and respect towards the shared goal of reconciliation.

Declaration of the Canadians for a New Partnership

An opportunity to add your voice to the thousands of people who have declared that they believe in the vision of a better, stronger Canada by declaring your support for building a new partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, with next steps and ways to contribute to reconciliation.

150 Acts of Reconciliation for the Last 150 Days of Canada’s 150

“On August 4th, there are 150 days left in 2017 – the year of Canada’s 150th birthday. There have been robust discussions this year around reconciliation and we would like to contribute to the conversation. Together, we have written 150 Acts of Reconciliation for the last 150 days of 2017. Many of these are small, everyday acts that average Canadians can undertake, but others are more provocative that encourage people to think about Indigenous-settler relationships in new ways. We encourage you to use #150Acts to share your engagement with each item on the list.” Authored by Crystal Fraser and Sara Komarnisky.