"Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships. There are no shortcuts." -Justice Murray Sinclair
In 2008, the parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to bear witness and to respond to the decades of abuse, neglect, violence and racial discrimination experienced by indigenous peoples in Canada. The work of the Commission was completed in December 2015 and included 94 Calls to Action. Many of those Calls to Action pertain to education.
At our 2016 Annual General Meeting, delegates voted to undertake the work of decolonization and reconciliation within FPSE and in the post-secondary education sector. This work includes developing mechanisms to implement the Calls to Action, both within our organization and in our classrooms and institutions. To that end, FPSE has struck a Decolonization and Reconciliation Committee to begin developing an action plan for our work.
We recognize that reconciliation cannot happen overnight. We acknowledge that we all have a great deal of learning to do and that some of that learning will be uncomfortable for many of us. We are committed to engaging in an ongoing process of learning and unlearning, of decolonizing our workplaces and our classrooms, and taking steps toward reconciliation with indigenous peoples.