April 18, 2017
Released: 1:00 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Local organizations, businesses, groups and individuals are invited to join the City of Winnipeg in a shared commitment to the ongoing, long-term process of reconciliation by becoming signatories of Winnipeg's Indigenous Accord. To view the Accord and submit your request to become a partner, please visit winnipeg.ca/indigenousaccord.
“It is my hope the Indigenous Accord will serve as a catalyst for organizations and individuals all across Winnipeg to set meaningful goals they identify to implement recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The Accord recognizes the role Indigenous peoples played in Canadian history, and continue to play today, in our shared future. I am very thankful to the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle for their leadership and commitment in helping to develop the Accord, as well as the many individuals and organizations who met with me to share their ideas, wisdom, and their passion for this Accord.”
The Accord will guide our shared commitment to the Journey of Reconciliation. Our shared commitment is rooted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action and is guided by the commitments and principles contained in the Accord. As a living document, the Accord is not a single-time event, but an ongoing responsibility accepted by signatories, who through becoming partners to the Accord agree to report the success of their commitment to reconciliation and their future goals annually.
We invite you to become a partner to the Accord as a way to share your organization or group’s Journey of Reconciliation and to track your progress over the long-term.
“We look forward to working together with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and all Winnipeggers to make positive changes in our city through the Accord,” said Rhonda Forgues, Manager of the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Relations Division. “Together we can work towards the vision of making our city a better place to live based on mutual respect, equal opportunity, and hope.”
The City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Relations Division will develop an annual process for organizations to set goals and share successes, and will also coordinate the process of tracking signatories’ goals and successes in an annual report.