RECONCILIATION

“Quite simply means to create harmony. You create harmony with truth and you build truth out of humility. That is spiritual. That is truth. That is Indian. Within us, as nations of Aboriginal people and as individual members of those nations, we have an incredible capacity for survival, endurance, and forgiveness. In the reconciliation with ourselves first, we find the ability to create harmony with others, and that is where it has to start – in the fertile soil of our own hearts, minds, and spirits”

– Richard Wagamese

(Speaking my truth, returning to harmony)

The WITS Programs Foundation attempts to be an ally of and work in harmony with Indigenous people. We endorse UNDRIP, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. All WPF staff have been educated in Indigenous cultural safety sessions and attended the FNESC Aboriginal Education Conference. With a collaborative approach, our trainers have brought the WITS Programs to several Indigenous community schools, most recently in Masset and Bella Coola, BC. We have partnerships with the RCMP’s Indigenous Policing unit, and Andy Telfer, our Executive Director, is a Board member with the Indigenous Perspectives Society.

Using the WITS Programs in Indigenous Communities Resource Manual

https://witsprogram.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/WITS-IN-INDIGENOUS-COMMUNITIES-July-2-2.pdf

Find Indigenous authors and resources and get ideas for Indigenizing your WITS lesson plans: 

https://witsprogram.ca/school/wits-books-and-lesson-plans/

Also find great more resources in indigenous literature from the Indigenous Literature Kit:
Growing Our Collective Understanding of Truth and Reconciliation at http://empoweringthespirit.ca/indigenous-literature-kit/

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