Reconciliation Initiatives Across North America


The Anglican Church

  • The Anglican Church is committed to healing and reconciliation through meaningful engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. 

Canada Roots Exchange

  • The Canadian Roots Exchange is a federal not-for-profit that provides Indigenous based leadership, learning and reconciliation experiences to every youth that participates in their programs. CRE organizes three main types of activities:  exchange programs, workshops and conferences.  Central to CRE programming is the need to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.  Regardless of the activity, they believe that having dialogue is necessary to foster understanding and reconciliation.

Legacy of Hope Foundation

  • The Legacy of Hope Foundation was established to address the long-term implications of the damage done to Aboriginal children and their families by many of the residential schools.
  • A primary objective of their work is to promote awareness among the Canadian public about residential schools and try to help them to understand the ripple effect those schools have had on Aboriginal life. But equally important, they want to bring about reconciliation between generations of Aboriginal people, and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Native Women’s Association of Canada

  • The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) works to advance the well-being of Aboriginal women and girls, as well as their families and communities through activism, policy analysis and advocacy.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

  • Centre to preserve all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).

The Presbyterian Church in Canada – Healing & Reconciliation

  • The church is committed to walking with Aboriginal people on a journey toward reconciliation, and living out the spirit of the confession of its role in the tragic legacy of the Indian residential schools.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada had a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools.  The TRC guided and inspired Aboriginal peoples and Canadians in a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

United Church – The Healing Fund

  • The Healing Fund was originally established by General Council in 1994 as a five-year fund-raising and educational campaign (1995-1999) to address the impacts of residential schools on Aboriginal people. It now continues as one facet of the United Church's ongoing reconciliation work with Aboriginal people. 

United States

Child Welfare League of America

  • CWLA leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families. Their focus is children and youth who may have experienced abuse, neglect, family disruption, or a range of other factors that jeopardize their safety, permanence, or well-being. CWLA also focuses on the families, caregivers, and the communities that care for and support these children.
  • CWLA is also one of the founding Touchstones of Hope organizations.

The National Indian Child Welfare Association

  • The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development.
  • NICWA improves the lives of American Indian children and families by helping tribes and other service providers implement services that are culturally competent, community-based, and focused on the strengths and assets of families. This work includes collaborating with tribal and urban Indian child welfare programs to increase their service capacity, enhancing tribal-state relationships, and providing training, technical assistance, information services and alliance building.
  • NICWA is also one of the founding Touchstones of Hope organizations.

Click here for a list of Aboriginal links: Canada and the United States