Connection to Reconciliation Conference
- EFN Staff | January 28, 2020
Creating a more diverse workforce and engaging Indigenous communities will be the goal of the upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Economic conference in Regina in March.
It will highlight successful partnerships between non-Indigenous and Indigenous-led businesses in panel discussions and presentations and foster dialogue on meaningful strategies to support economic reconciliation.
“This is an opportunity to share and replicate innovative ideas and past successes and form new relationships to help us move economic reconciliation forward,” said Regina Micheal Fourgere, in a news release.
The City of Regina works alongside Cowessess First Nation, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) and the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce as part of Reconciliation Regina Inc., one of several coalitions across Saskatchewan working with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner to heed the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 2015 report.
This project heeds Call 92 which requires a reconciliation framework on business and economic development for the corporate sector.
“Reconciliation happens when there is no gap in the corporate… standards, policies and activities involving Indigenous people,” said Cowessess Chief Cadmus Delorme.
Economic reconciliation is vital to all of Saskatchewan, said John Hopkins, CEO of the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce.
“We need to work toward a future that is inclusive of Indigenous peoples in all facets, including the economy. We need to embrace a reality that will see ever increasing numbers of Indigenous people as employers and employees. The economic conference will help us move in the right direction,”
The conference will include the Regina debut of filmmaker Andree Cazabon’s short film Economic Reconciliation.