This September 30 is Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a statutory holiday announced by the Government of Canada. The day is an important step in the reconciliation process, providing an opportunity to acknowledge our country’s history of systemic racism, recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families, and communities.

As a community-based organization, we are committed to Indigenous reconciliation. We acknowledge our Indigenous staff and volunteers across the network, we recognize the intergenerational trauma resulting from colonialism and the residential school system, and we hold space for you on your healing journey

September 30 is also an opportunity for each of us to take personal steps towards reconciliation. Many of us are taking the time to read through the information provided by the Indigenous Residential School Survivors Society, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and the Equal Futures Network, as well as take part in local Indigenous public events.

United Way Centraide Canada’s commitment to reconciliation is as follows:

United Way Centraide Canada is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

As a national charity with deep local impact, we view reconciliation as an opportunity to honour Indigenous Peoples across this land and elevate our commitment to them.

We will do this by:

  • listening to and learning from Indigenous members of our communities about Indigenous strengths and ways of knowing and being;
  • reflecting on the relationship that we have had with Indigenous Peoples;
  • collaborating with Indigenous communities and organizations whose objectives or work intersect with ours; and
  • embracing Indigenous voices, leadership, and participation in all aspects of our organization and the United Way Centraide Movement.

We will demonstrate our commitment to this journey by creating an Indigenous engagement strategy that is grounded in our relationships with Indigenous communities and integrated into our strategic plan, and by committing resources to it.