12 Days of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

December 09, 2015

To support the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action  and in the spirit of Christmas, we have put together 12 suggestions for what individuals can do to contribute to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples during this holiday season.

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On the first day of Reconciliation make a commitment to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 recommendations.

On the second day of Reconciliation make a commitment to learn about the Indian Act and how its policies have contributed to the decline of culture, family units, traditions, and stymied positive socio-economic conditions for Indigenous Peoples.

On the third day of Reconciliation make a commitment to learn about Indian residential schools.

On the fourth day of Reconciliation make a commitment to learn about the history and culture of the Indigenous Peoples in whose traditional or treaty territory you live.

On the fifth day of Reconciliation make a commitment to visit an art gallery that features Indigenous art.

On the sixth day of Reconciliation make a commitment to discover Indigenous authors, past and present.

On the seventh day of Reconciliation make a commitment to attend an Indigenous cultural event such as a pow wow. June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day which means there are events all across the country.

On the eighth day of Reconciliation make a commitment to discourage uncivil dialogue regarding Indigenous Peoples ……… or any other group for that matter.

On the ninth day of Reconciliation make a commitment to only purchase authentic Indigenous art.

On the tenth day of Reconciliation make a commitment to never practice cultural misappropriation

On the eleventh day of Reconciliation make a commitment to rid your vocabulary of offensive colloquialisms and terms that offend. 

On the twelfth day of Reconciliation make a commitment to continuously expand your Indigenous Awareness.

Here's a related article: 
Let's not make reconciliation a political football

Download your Pledge of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, pin it on your fridge, pin it on your bulletin board, share with friends. 

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 Updated: December 2018

 

Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Reconciliation

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