This spring, Riversdale Love was honoured to participate in Saskatoon's Walk for Reconciliation. We were invited to work with 40 other partners who came together to organize the June 22 walk as part of a month of activities aimed at raising awareness around reconciliation.
Did you miss it? Check out these photos and articles!
I also wanted to share some of the more personal experiences I’ve had as a result of being involved in this event. As part of my work with Riversdale Love, I’ve had many conversations about what reconciliation is. In fact, during one of our recent meetings of the A Team (our advisory team:), we went around the circle, stumbling to provide our own responses to the question, “what is reconciliation?” We started a conversation around this topic at The Two Twenty during a Lunch ’n Learn lead by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.
The conversations above take place between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with very different backgrounds, educations, experiences, and opinions. Despite those differences, we tend to agree that the conversation itself is part of the work of reconciliation. When we come together, talk about it, share our ideas and experiences, learn from each other, and then start visioning a different future where our communities are recognized and valued—that is part of the process of reconciliation.
As part of my work on the Walk for Reconciliation, I learned about Indigenous ways, I learned histories that I never knew, I participated in a pipe ceremony, I smudged. I made new friends and fostered lifelong collaborations. My worldview expanded and I see new opportunities to bridge the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Riversdale.
While the month of reconciliation activities has passed, I invite my community to continue the work towards reconciliation by taking advantage of the many opportunities to learn, listen, show up and share. Recently, the Riversdale Love A Team committed to a process of educating ourselves about our local history, the lived experiences of our community, and the effects of colonization. While we're currently doing research to find out what that looks like, I wanted to offer you all the experience to follow us on this path.
While we work on a program, here are just a few opportunities to get involved in the work of reconciliation and discover your personal call to action.
- Register for the Wicihitowin: Aboriginal Engagement Conference
“Learning from one another to build community” October 12-13, 2016
- Join Engage TRC YXE on Facebook for events and videos of excerpts of the TRC
- Read a book. The Saskatoon Public Library has an amazing reading list to start you off. Get inspired, listen and share what you learn on social media using the hashtag #read4reconciliation
- Visit the website of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for ongoing events
- Visit Wanuskewin Heritage Park. They host events, guest speakers, and performances
These are just the first that come to mind. Comment with your own experiences, books, events or feedback. The point is, there are many opportunities to begin your own call to action when we make the commitment to make change happen.