Truth and Reconciliation

Many steps with one goal

Our Truth & Reconcilation Research Action Team encompasses both Indigenous Elders and Non-Indigenous Leaders that continually examine steps we can take as a society to address the consequences of our colonial past.  On May 25th, Delegates at our Assembly voted to support a call for an Aboriginal Liason Office in every district of the Calgary Police Services.   

 

Why an Aboriginal Liason Officer:

Over policing and under protection are considered key issues underlying missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Vital to addressing this, is assisting the police develop better cultural competencies, understanding of the impacts of colonization and better relationships with indigenous communities. The factor that can shift this is to ensure that each district office has an indigenous liaison officer. Currently there is only one Indigenous Liaison officer in a city of 1.2M which is inadequate.

 

A history of colonization:

It is time that we face the truth of our colonial past and how it has impacted all of us. We must not just face our past, we also need to build new, life-giving relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people so that together we can shape a relationship in which all can thrive. 

The history of colonization is a wound that strikes at the very heart of this land. This leaves us with the question of how can we heal this wound. We are approaching this by:

  1. Building relationships between communities
  2. Truth-telling
  3. Taking action to address the ongoing legacy of colonialism

In addition to the above request for an Aboriginal Liason officer we continue to support:

  1. The creation of an Indigenous Gathering Place as a cultural, spiritual and community centre in Calgary. For more information about the Indigenous Gathering Place please visit https://www.indigenousgatheringplace.com.
  2. Practicing the teaching of Making Wolf – as a model for truth-telling and making peace after a conflict.
  3. Learning how to build alliances between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and sharing what we learn.
  4. Addressing the “colonial mindset” through education, relationship-building and connecting to the land.

To learn about this or any of our campaigns e-mail info@calgarycommongood.org.