We exist in an age of reconciliation, one in which an increasing number of Canadians are beginning to explore their role in meaningfully addressing historical and ongoing injustices and inequities. So where does one begin? And what will a sector in meaningful pursuit of reconciliation look and feel like?
Join the First Nations Technology Council for a discussion about how nonprofits and the technology industry can participate in reconciliation and adopt the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: http://www.trc.ca/
MODERATORS AND HOSTS
- Denise Williams, Executive Director of First Nations Technology Council
- Lauren Kelly, Communications and Engagement Manager of First Nations Technology Council
When we speak of reconciliation in a digital age, we speak of reconciliation not only as a process of reexamining the past, but as an ongoing collective journey that responds to our collective histories, our current realties and the opportunities that lie before us. Indigenous peoples were the original innovators upon the territories we now refer to as Canada, with resiliency and ingenuity ever-present forces that produced the thriving Nations we now see.
In order to move forward together, we must first recognize and more deeply understand the full and complete history of this country as it relates to the experience of Indigenous peoples.
As we begin to undertake this work, it is important to emphasize the themes of resiliency and resurgence that underlie this narrative - in spite of every possible extent by the colonial powers (and later, the Crown) to extinguish voices, communities and cultures, we are witnessing a resurgence in Indigenous languages, the repatriation of ceremonial objects and the rebuilding of bighouses, and the emergence of a new generation of visionary young Indigenous leaders.