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Our Path to Reconciliation

Challenge 6 | NOVEMBER 8–14

Sustainable Development Goal:
#10 Reduced Inequalities

Country: Canada/Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Meeting Length: 20 min–1 hour

Gadget: Circular Object


Challenge 6
Our Path to
Reconciliation

Let’s use your transporting compass to ping southeast to Aotearoa (New Zealand). While last week we looked at how wildlife must adapt quickly to changing environments — especially amidst the changing climate — to survive, this week we’ll look at how cultures and communities adapt to work together and build a society that benefits everyone.

There are so many things that make us unique and different from each other, and that’s a good thing! Exchanging different ideas and practices are important for personal progression, collaboration, building strong communities and human innovation.

In Aotearoa (sounds like “au.tee.uh.row.uh”), the Māori people who are Indigenous to the land make up 16.5% of the nation’s population. In addition to having the Māori Party and two parliamentary seats for political representation, the Māori also have a treaty to protect the authority over their own affairs and natural resources. While Aotearoa (New Zealand) continues its Reconciliation journey, and not without its challenges, as Canadians we can learn a lot from the progress that has been made so far.

Unfortunately, people aren’t always treated fairly because of their differences. Let’s work together to make sure that everyone is treated equally with respect and recognized for their unique abilities and contributions.

One way to appreciate and understand positive differences in people across cultures is to become aware of how we speak to each other. Language and the terms that we use to describe ourselves, others and various communities are important because our words can either reflect our worldview correctly, or they can carry a harmful interpretation that we are not yet aware of. By understanding where words come from and how to speak respectfully, we can better engage in meaningful conversations that support positive change—like journeying toward Reconciliation.

Imagine a world where everyone feels included and uniqueness is celebrated. Let’s talk about Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities, together! Grab your GADGET, a circular object, and bring it along for your activity. This circle represents our interconnectedness; what impacts our neighbours impacts us.

 

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Challenge:

Canada is a land shared by many people and has a long history. Some people have recently immigrated to the country, some people have lived here for generations and some people can trace their ancestry back to the first people on the land.

As an organization, we are going through our own journey towards Reconciliation. We are beginning our responsibility in this journey by learning about Indigenous communities and listening to their stories.

Let’s start at the beginning—understanding the power of listening and conversation. Do you know what these terms mean?

Indigenous—The preferred collective noun used by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; it is also used at the international level for the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous comes from the Latin word indigena, which means “sprung from the land; native.”

Navigating terms can be confusing at first, but where the word comes from can say a lot about whether it is an appropriate noun to use. Did the term originate from a community (is it a word they use to self-identify), or did it come from an outside source (something that they are called by others)?

For example, terms like Aboriginal, which comes from Section 35 (2) of the Constitution Act, 1982, is not preferred by most Indigenous Canadians and some may even find it offensive. The prefix Ab means “away from” or “not”; ‘aboriginal’ actually means “not original”.

Names are important to everyone; they reflect our identity, our history, and even our community. Calling people and communities by the name(s) they give themselves is a helpful way to re-frame our language and expand our way of thinking.

First Nations—Indigenous peoples who are neither Métis nor Inuit and come from specific original Nations. These communities are distinctive nations, such as: Cree, Assiniboine, Haida, Ojibwa, Tsuut.na, etc. Find out which people are close to you by searching online.

Métis—Métis are people of mixed European and Indigenous ancestry, and one of the three recognized Indigenous groups in Canada. The Métis Nation originated largely in western Canada and emerged as a political force in the 19th century, radiating outwards from the Red River Settlement.

Inuit—Indigenous people living in northern Canada, mainly in: Nunavut, Northwest Territories, northern Quebec and Labrador.

As a next step, consider going outside (dependent on weather) and exploring your area: 

  • What is the name of your current community? Where does the name come from?
  • What is the Indigenous name for your community or region? Where can you find that information?
  • What are some other names in your community/parks? Where do those names come from? Do any of them have Indigenous names?
  • What is the correct way to pronounce Indigenous names in your area?
  • What landmarks are close by that you can visit?
  • You are likely meeting with your Group or Section on a traditional territory of Indigenous peoples.
  • What community or communities does this territory connect to?
  • Are you a part of a numbered treaty? What are treaties?

Supplies Needed:

  • Optional: Community Map
  • Circular Object

Safety Tips

Safety is not just for physical concerns—our mental and emotional safety is equally as important. You may find that some portions of this week’s activity, like the discussions, are difficult and/or distressing. Take the time to listen to your emotions and reach out for support to a parent, trusted friend or Kids Help Phone if need be.

Virtual Meetings

As this is a discussion-based activity, it can easily be done as an online meeting. If you can’t get out to explore your community as a Section, share your screen and use Google Maps to get the same effect.

Resources

Review

  • What did you learn from this activity?
  • Why is supporting all Indigenous children and peoples important?
  • What will you do next to keep learning more?

Explore SDGs

Other activities to explore the SDGs (through the Scouts for Sustainability program)

SDG #10—Reduced Inequalities:

Other Activities

Other activities to try:

  • Listen to or read Spirit Bear’s story or watch the video by Cindy Blackstock to learn about how you can help make a difference in the lives of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit children. You can also choose a different story by an Indigenous author that interests you.
  • Learn about Turtle Island with this video.
  • Take steps to Find Our Place in Reconciliation. As Scouts, this is a first step in starting our long-term learning journey about who we are, what’s happening around us, and our responsibility to contribute to Reconciliation.
Explorers Needed

The world is waiting. Let’s all become explorers this fall as we embark on new adventures together. Check out all the great activities and sessions we’ve got planned.

Leaderboard

Each Monday, the Leaderboard will be updated with Region rankings, Top 3 Councils per Region, Pictures of the Week for each Region and Top Trekker (Section) voting options.

Challenge Incentives

How rankings, weekly prizes and the grand prize winner are determined.

Scouts Aotearoa

Scouting in Aotearoa New Zealand is all about creating positive learning experiences for you, our young people! We are on an incredible journey to enrich our Youth Programme even more and empower you to create a positive change in your communities! 

Scouts Aotearoa honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi, and its place in Aotearoa New Zealand’s history and our present. In doing so, we honour Māori as both tangata whenua (indigenous people) and citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand. We also commit to the three principles of partnership, participation and protection. We recognise that Te Tiriti o Waitangi impacts our responsibilities and relationships and that we all have a role in creating space for Māori to maintain their identity and culture. Scouting incorporates te ao Māori, or the Māori worldview, throughout our Youth Programme, enriching the diversity of learning experiences for rangatahi (young people) that provides greater connection to nature and to each other. 

Te Tiriti o Waitangi affects all rangatahi, but especially rangatahi Māori. Colonisation of Māori and ongoing breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi have a negative impact on the wellbeing of rangatahi Māori. Restoring the impacts of colonisation involves connecting rangatahi Māori to their whānau (family), hapū and iwi (subtribe and tribe), and seeking guidance from tangata whenua when working with rangatahi Māori. Through Scouting, we can also promote the right of Māori to speak te reo Māori, practice tikanga (customs), and be part of connecting rangatahi to their culture. 

We are thrilled to be partnering with Scouts Canada through sharing and connecting our experiences in creating more equitable and inclusive communities.