This week, we observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a day to honour all the survivors, families and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada.
On this important day of September 30, we are encouraging and supporting our team members to take time away from the office to participate in community events, ceremonies and educational opportunities, both in-person and virtually, to reflect on the legacy of residential schools. This time to listen, learn, and increase our awareness acknowledges our important role in helping to advance the process of truth and reconciliation in Canada. While this day offers a chance to participate and grow our knowledge, we recognize this process requires ongoing dedication year-round to help address the TRC’s Calls to Action.
On June 28, 2022, our firm became an official partner to the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord. We joined 221 other organizations and individuals in the region to help generate conversations in our community and set guidelines dedicated to reconciliation. Upon outlining key goals under specific Calls to Action, we aim to further grow our firm’s ongoing work in this area, with a strong emphasis on strengthening relationships founded on mutual respect and equality.
From collaborating and consulting with Indigenous communities through our design work, including supporting the long-term sustainable benefits of economic development projects, to sharing resources and encouraging dialogue internally, these are a few examples of our firm’s ongoing priorities. We anticipate how these continually evolving actions, plans and partnerships will continue to influence the work that we do in shaping welcoming, culturally informed environments and further foster awareness and progress at the community level.
Please find below a few of the local events, exhibits and engagements our team is planning to be part of for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022:
The Winnipeg Art Gallery with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: Survivor Stories and Panel Discussion
Location: The Winnipeg Art Gallery
2nd Annual Orange Shirt Day Pow Wow hosted by Wa-Say Healing Centre Inc.
Location: The Forks and RBC Convention Centre
Orange Shirt Days
Location: Manitoba Museum
Various Exhibits, including Métis Memories of Residential Schools: Location: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
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