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Finding Our Place in Reconciliation

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission announced their 94 Calls to Action. These are 94 activities that all people living in Canada can do to help address the harms, of the past and present, on First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. “After learning about the impact of residential schools on First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families and the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, you will choose a Call to Action you want to see come true and create a personal goal to help make it happen.” (First Nations Child & Family Caring Society). 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.

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Plan

  • How will you commit to starting your learning journey?
  • What resources do you to need to learn more?
  • How will you ensure that all voices can be heard?
  • Who are the Indigenous communities close to your home?

Do

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  • Next, get acquainted with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. You can find a youth-friendly version of these Calls to Action here.
  • In small groups, split up the Calls to Action (i.e., Education, Culture, Health, etc.) for each group, and then share what you’ve learned as a whole Section.
  • Lastly, after learning about the Calls to Action, it’s time to pick a Call to Action and create your goal on how you are going to help make it happen.

Review

  • How will you continue striving for your goal?
  • What did you learn from the process?
  • What is your next goal?

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Take it Further

  • Connect with a representative from a local First Nations, Métis or Inuit community and ask about their perspectives on reconciliation. Listen to their story and their point of view. Learn how we can be better allies to their peoples and communities.