Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation

South Saskatchewan Community Foundation acknowledges our presence on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories; the original lands of the Cree, Dene, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis.

 

Acknowledging our land is respectful of the relationships we have and honours the authentic history of our country and its original people.

 

– Land Acknowledgment adopted by SSCF in 2020.

Our Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

A letter for September 30, 2021: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

 

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation is committed to pursuing a better path forward with Indigenous Peoples while acknowledging the need to understand and address Truth and Reconciliation.

SSCF roots in Truth and Reconciliation began in 2017 when it convened a Vital Community Conversation titled ‘Pursuing Reconciliation: A Community Forum’ as a way to engage participants in an opportunity to share knowledge and stories about the importance of reconciliation. This Conversation is an example of our commitment to support a thriving community with a culture of sharing, generosity, and inclusivity. Other initiatives include our acknowledgment of Orange Shirt Day and our participation in educational opportunities. Through this past work we are forever grateful for the leadership, involvement and guidance we received from our Elder, the late Margaret Masney.

“We do not want to disturb our future generation for our children and grandchildren. The leaves fall when they are done here on Earth, the leaves that return to the Earth are the future trees inside Mother Earth, and these in turn are the future forest...”
The Late Elder Margaret Masney (1942 - 2021)
(Excerpt from words shared to youth who participated in the RBC Youth Challenge)

In addition to the above examples, our Board is working to review policies and governance structures that would allow for more inclusivity. They have also been engaged in opportunities that help us grow in understanding about the truth about Canada’s history with keynote speakers, videos and educational toolkits.

 

Staff are also committed to Truth and Reconciliation. September 30 will be respected as a statutory day this year and staff are encouraged to take time to do something that will expand their knowledge and compassion for the true reason behind this day. This includes resources listed in the Saskatchewan Chamber toolkit, the activities listed below this article, and meeting with Indigenous community leaders.

 

The significance and importance of our participation and work in Truth and Reconciliation was made heartbreakingly evident to us when, in May 2021, our eyes were opened wider towards Canada’s dark history, including the tragedies of Residential Schools and unmarked graves. We acknowledge that Indigenous communities were not surprised by what we learned and that intergenerational trauma for Indigenous communities continues. We are grateful for the work Indigenous leaders are undertaking and we will continue to offer our unwavering support. Staff and Board look forward to working with all of our communities to learn about our past together and to form a bright path forward based on respect and inclusivity. Together, we are working to understand, to learn, and to walk in a better way.

We are all in this together.

 

Donna Ziegler, Executive Director

Randy Semenchuck, Co-Chair

Gina McGinn, Co-Chair

Places to Donate

If you are looking to provide financial support to Indigenous focused initiatives, you can find a variety of organizations to give to here:

One Day’s Pay

 

The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund is an Indigenous-led effort, facilitated by Community Foundations of Canada, to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience.

Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund

Resources

Educational Videos to Watch

Reading for Reconciliation

TRC of Canada: Calls to Action

21 things you may not know about the Indian Act

Books:

    • They came for the Children by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
    • Unsettling the Settler Within by Paulette Regan
    • A Narrow Vision by Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada
    • Truth and Indignation: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools by Ronald Niezen
    • Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress by Jennifer Henderson and Pauline Wakeham
    • Residential Schools, with the words and images of Survivors by Larry Loyie, Wayne K. Spear and Constance Brissenden
    • The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir

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