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Statement of Reconciliation

BACKGROUND

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was created by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. For over six years the Commission traveled the country and heard from Aboriginal people the impact Residential schools had on their lives and their communities. The Commission culminated its efforts with a report outlining 94 calls to action. This page provides information related to Thrive’s work towards reconciliation.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We recognize that Residential Schools and other acts of colonization have resulted in broad inequities for Indigenous people in Canada, and that these inequities create significant and unique barriers for Indigenous children, families and community trying to access services. As a multi-faceted agency advocating for services which are inclusive and accessible to all community members, we acknowledge our responsibility to work towards reconciliation with the Indigenous community.

OUR COMMITMENTS

  • As a Society we will make land acknowledgements on written documentation and at meetings and hosted events
  • We will continue to build relationships with organizations and associations that focus on Indigenous populations, and harness these relationships to assist our agency, staff and Society members in working towards reconciliation
  • We will provide continuing education opportunities that focus on cultural safety and reconciliation and develop culturally appropriate programs and services
  • We will incorporate a focus on cultural safety and reconciliation into the Society’s Strategic Plan, policies, and practice
  • We will continue to build respectful relationships with, and learn from our Indigenous colleagues, teachers, and clients
  • We will share resources with staff and Board with a focus on reconciliation (e.g., statement of reconciliation and reconciliation plans, strategic plan, land acknowledgements, relationships with Indigenous communities)
  • We will be accountable to report on our work on a regular basis

Thrive acknowledges that we live, work and play on the Traditional Territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples. It recognizes the First Nations governments across this region — Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations in the core area, the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations {W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱,(Tsawout) W̱SIKEM (Tseycum)} out on the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands, to the west Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, and Pacheedaht, and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) and Pune’laxutth’ (Penelekut) Nations.

Statement of Reconciliation

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