Truth and Reconciliation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was created to inform Canadians about the Residential School System (dates) and it’s legacy for First Nation, Métis and Inuit people. The Commission documented survivor stories and called Canadians to action to help reverse the negative impacts and legacy of Canada’s Residential School System. Findhelp supports the 94 Calls to Action made by the Commission and is committed to work with new and long-standing community partners to improve our services for First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities.

Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action

The TRC outlines 94 Calls to Action [PDF]. Findhelp has prioritized the 92nd Call to Action:

We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources.

What Findhelp is Doing

On November 6, 2017, Findhelp's Board unanimously voted on a motion to support Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. A motion was initiated to: 
  • Endorse the Calls to Action as well as the collaborative development of internal and system-wide strategies to consult with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and our partner organizations in order to advance the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation as well as the Calls to Action. 
Other important steps include:
  • Cultural Competence Training including training and skills development specific to First Nation/Métis/Inuit cultures
  • Anti-Human Trafficking training, capacity and network development
  • Partnership Development. We realize we can do more to work with First Nation, Métis and Inuit organizations and communities to ensure that our Agency is responsive to the unique issues that face these communities.
  • Improved data for First Nation, Métis and Inuit programs and services - Findhelp is leading an adhoc cross-Canada group with the goal of expanding the Canadian Taxonomy of Human Services to better represent of First Nation, Métis and Inuit organizations, services and target groups.
  • Support Lines that meet the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities made vulnerable by the impact of colonialism (211 Central, Victim Support, Male Survivors of Sexual Violence, Independant Legal Advice line, Employer Hotline)

For More Information

For more information on the Truth and Reconciliation process in Canada and to learn about the legacy and impact of colonization on First Nation, Métis and Inuit  people please follow  the links below: