Reconciliation in Canada

Touchstones of Hope for Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families: Reconciliation in Canada invites organizations and individuals to engage in reconciliation which includes:

  • Truth telling: Telling the story of Residential Schools and Canada's history as they have affected and continue to affect First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, youth, families and communities.
  • Acknowledging: Learning from the past, seeing one another with new understanding, and recognizing the need to move forward on a new path. 
  • Restoring: Doing what we can as organizations and individuals to redress the harm and making changes to ensure it does not happen again.  
  • Relating: Moving forward together in a respectful way, along a new path, to achieve better outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.  

The Reconciliation in Canada poster (download below) has been adapted from the Reconciliation in Child Welfare process and principles. It provides the reconciliation framework above as well as principles that can be used by individuals and organizations to guide work with Aboriginal peoples. 

For other activities to compliment the Reconciliation in Canada framework, see Reconciling History, 7 free Ways to Make a Difference and Events.  

We use the term 'Aboriginal' in the Canadian context since it is the constitutional term to describe the three Indigenous groups in Canada: First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.