Let's Talk Reconciliation
Many Canadians have begun the process to understand and re-envision their relationships with Indigenous peoples. For some, this journey has been underway for a while; for others, it’s new. CCVO, in recognition of both the foundational nature of this shift and our goal to connect voices from across the sector, wants to actively engage in this journey ourselves. We look forward to growing our own organization’s learning and sharing alongside the learning of our sector colleagues.
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C. is a true peace-builder whose life and work are examples of his personal commitment. A Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Chief Joseph has dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding, and racism at home and abroad.
His insights into the destructive impacts these forces can have on peoples’ lives, families, and cultures were shaped by his experience with the Canadian Indian Residential School system. He speaks about the important role of reconciliation in moving forward through trauma and will address the reconciliation work that is being done across Canada to build meaningful relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
Chief Joseph is an Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and served as an honourary witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.