The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action are addressed to various levels of government. SIGN is not a government but it has implemented what it can as a social services organization.
SIGN is also an active member of Reconciliation Yorkton and Executive Director Andrew Sedley is a tri-chair of the committee.
These are Calls to Action SIGN has responded to, and actions it has taken.
Call to Action 22: We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.
SIGN’s Choose to Change program offers Indigenous healing practices for those who request those, including smudging, healing circles and elder support.
All In One Family - Ka peyakoskanewihk cultural programming's vision is to provide a sense of family, community and belonging to First Nations, Metis and Inuit children, families and individuals in Yorkton and area. Through partnerships with other programs and agencies, it provides culturally-sensitive opportunities and programming to meet friends, family and Elders in a way that is safe, inclusive, respectful and welcoming.
Call to Action 57: We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
SIGN provides opportunities for staff training and education. The program 4 Seasons of Reconciliation is mandatory for all staff. Other opportunities include Kairos Blanket Exercise, First Nations Cultural Protocols and Approaches and Historical Trauma and Reconciliation.
SIGN recognizes Treaty 4 lands and the Treaty 4 flag is flown at the SIGN on Broadway building. The organization begins all public events and meeting by recognizing the lands it is on, the Indigenous peoples and the organization’s commitment to reconciliation.
Orange Shirt Day is set for September 30. This is a day to remember the children that were sent to residential schools and to learn about them. For more information on the day, visit www.orangeshirtday.org.
SIGN will provide orange shirts displaying Every Child Matters and the Reconciliation Yorkton logo to staff members who wish to wear it that day.
“In speaking with Tribal Chief Isabel O’Soup, she said the most important thing we can all do is educate ourselves, listen to the survivors and honour those that did not make it home,” Mr. Sedley noted. “She stated the time is now for positive change. I hope we can all join together and be a part of Orange Shirt Day and sharing that Every Child Matters.”
SIGN suggests the following information and reading material to those interested in reconciliation and the public discourse about residential schools:
Support is available for anyone affected by their experience at residential schools. A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected.
People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.
Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours
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