Call to Action # 92 Business and Reconciliation

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. This would include, but not be limited to, the following: i. Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects. ii. Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects. iii. Provide education for management and staff 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.

I believe Canada's relationship with Indigenous Peoples will improve and mending the sacred hoop of the Nation will require Indigenous Awareness and action. Let's be part of the solution.

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Indigenous Awareness Training for Corporations

Let's start this journey together and build good relations

  • UNDRIP

    Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (1994)

  • Residential Schools

    History and legacy of Residential Schools The Last Indian Residential Schools (1996)

  • Treaties and Indigenous Rights

    Early Treaties (1600 - 1763) Robinson Treaties (1850) The Numbered Treaties (1871 - 1920) Canadian Constitution; Section 35 (1982)

  • Indigenous Law

    Indigneous Law The Delgamuukw Decision (1997) Nisga'a Final Agreement (1998) The Beginning of the Era of Modern Treaties (1973)

  • Indigenous Crown Relations

    The Indian Act Established (1876) Canadian Confederation - Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick sign the British North America Act (1867)

Bonus material

  • Bonus material

    How to Ally with Indigenous Peoples: nearly 300 small everyday acts of reconciliation

  • Bonus material

    Links embedded in the course to expand your awareness videos/websites

  • Certificate course

    Print your Certificate of Acknowledgement!