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Journey of Reconciliation

The City of Winnipeg has supported Indigenous specific projects and initiatives since 2000. The Indigenous Relations Division (IRD) was created in 2013 to coordinate Indigenous specific programs and initiatives. IRD has been tasked with leading the design and implementation of the five Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action relating to municipalities, the development of the Urban Accord, and other initiatives related to the Year of Reconciliation.

In January 2016, Mayor Brian Bowman declared 2016 as the Year of Reconciliation which included various announcements to demonstrate the City of Winnipeg’s commitment to reconciliation. Announcements included initiatives such as but not limited to:

The 2016 declaration for the Year of Reconciliation is just the first step for the City of Winnipeg’s Journey to Reconciliation.

Since then, the Winnipeg Public Service has discussed options and actions going forward; met with external stakeholders such as the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR); discussed partnership opportunities to collaborate on the Calls to Action; developed communication plans; implemented various strategies to address the TRC’s Calls to Action and drafted potential outcomes for the work to be undertaken.

Background

The City of Winnipeg has been supporting Indigenous specific projects and initiatives since 2000. The Indigenous Relations Division (IRD) was created in 2013 to coordinate Indigenous specific programs and initiatives. IRD has been tasked with leading the design and implementation of the five Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action relating to municipalities, the development of the Urban Accord, and other initiatives related to the Year of Reconciliation. IRD’s mandate is to support the civic system by providing leadership, guidance and experience from an Indigenous perspective on programs, services, and initiatives that support and address the needs of Winnipeg’s Indigenous community.

Last update: April 18, 2017
Did you Know?
Winnipeg derives its name from the Cree word of 'win' for muddy and 'nippee' for water. An Indigenous trading centre prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Winnipeg was at the heart of the country's fur trade and instrumental in developing Canada's gateway to the west.