So you’ve signed the Declaration and now you are wondering if there are other ways you can get involved in building a new partnership between First Peoples and others in Canada. Here are a few suggestions:
- First Peoples and non-Indigenous people can share and learn from each other more;
- seek to better understand our shared history and the immense diversity of cultures in Canada;
- take an interest in what children are learning at school about the relationship and history between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; and
- encourage broader, more flexible efforts by our governments to restore a relationship of genuine partnership and mutual trust between First Peoples and those in Canada.
If you are a non-Indigenous person:
- get involved, when appropriate, in community service in Indigenous communities (including those in urban areas) and service groups such as Friendship Centres, Indigenous student associations, etc;
- learn more about Indigenous art, read literature by First Nation people, Métis, and Inuit, and view films by Aboriginal people;
- invite an Indigenous leader to address the next gathering of your civic club, place of worship, school, etc.; and
- get involved, when appropriate, in the events of First People and ensure First Peoples are included in broader community events.
Click here to read a list of 150 acts of reconciliation for Canada 150 by Crystal Fraser and Sara Komarnisky. “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.”
Perhaps you have other experiences or ideas, or you’re part of an existing partnership or activity that is contributing to reconciliation. We would like to hear about them – share your ideas with us.