“Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem, it is a Canadian problem. It involves all of us,” said Justice Murray Sinclair.
The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic (HCLC) is releasing a report that responds to the view expressed above by Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It is a framework for reconciliation for our non-indigenous organization.
The Clinic’s report is called A Journey to ReconciliAction – Calls to Action Report.
It contains 16 recommendations that address 14 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report released in 2015 that apply to the Clinic’s work.
The report will be shared with the community on Feb. 23, at 9:30 a.m., at an event at Council Chambers, Hamilton City Hall. The Mayor will accept the report on behalf of the city. It will also be available on the Clinic’s website (www.hamiltonjustice.ca) as a Word document later that day.
“In the spirit of indigenous principles of sharing knowledge and wisdom, we will be passing on the report to our community partners and others in the community,” said Lyndon George, Indigenous Justice Co-ordinator at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic.
Other organizations and community groups can use the report as they see fit and take responsibility for the Calls to Action that affect them.
“This is a historic moment,” notes Constance McKnight, executive director of De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre. “We applaud the HCLC for showing leadership with this important step in the reconciliation process.”
Clinic Executive Director Hugh Tye highlighted Recommendation No. 2 in the Clinic’s document as being of particular importance.
“Recommendation No. 2 calls for us to honour Indigenous laws, traditions, principles, customs and applications as an influential guide for the development/revision of our polices, practices and procedures. Particularly as a justice organization, it is important for us to implement this recommendation,” said Tye.
For more information, please contact: Lyndon George, HCLC Indigenous Justice Co-ordinator, 289-680-4544.