Our 60th anniversary in 2015 was a pivotal year
for the Calgary Foundation. It prompted
the reassessment of our priorities to add strategic focus, alignment and impact
to our work. Through multi-staged
consultations and extensive analysis of research, five vital priorities were
identified. One of these five priorities
included strengthening relations with Indigenous populations.
On December 15, 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
(TRC) of Canada released a final report outlining new opportunities for
communities to begin a collective journey toward reconciliation with indigenous
The TRC initiative launched in 2008 after Prime Minister Stephen
Harper issued an apology to residential school survivors. The mandate of the
TRC was to mobilize a truth telling movement for survivors of residential
schools, while increasing the knowledge and education of all Canadians on the
dark history and policy of the residential school system. Providing public
platforms, support and ceremony for survivors to tell their story, 94 calls to
action were identified and presented in the final report from the TRC.
In the spring of 2016, the Calgary Foundation convened a
circle of Indigenous advisors to provide direction on ways the Foundation could
enhance their work toward reconciliation.
It was determined that in order to have lasting impact on the broader community, this
work needed to be weaved into the Foundation fabric.
On May 15, 2017 the Calgary Foundation welcomed a Director
of Indigenous Relations to the leadership team. Indigenous culture is rooted in
oral tradition and the Foundation shares in this practice through stories of
impact, giving nature and work of the heart. We are very excited to have the
support of our new Director to help guide our work internally and in the
Through this collective effort we are committed to being
active change makers in the mobilization of reconciliation as we enter the next
Acknowledging the land in which we are situated is happening more frequently than ever before. It is our hope that this will be considered by all those also incorporating a change process into their practice. We have provided a sample HERE.