Participants at the fifth annual Building Reconciliation Forum discussed the importance of acknowledging past mistakes, building meaningful community relationships and “unlearning.”
We must acknowledge the difficulty of the work ahead, but not be deterred by it.
“Acknowledging that [Indigenous communities] have sovereignty over the material and that it is indeed not yours is one of the key things we’re trying to promote in the work that we’re doing with the archival community.”
The new urban reserve, a partnership with Star Blanket Cree Nation, was nearly 20 years in the making.
Institutions have focused mainly on Indigenous inclusion, but that’s only one end of a spectrum of policies needed for reconciliation, researchers argue.
According to Deborah Saucier, symbolic and structural changes have led to improved enrolment rates and staff retention.