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As an act of solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples hosting colonial Canada, The Nova Scotia Sea School will be acknowledging our national Truth & Reconciliation Day on Thursday, Sept 30, 2021. We as colonial Canadians have been given this day as an annual honorarium to spend time reflecting on the 94 calls to action in the “Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action” of 2015. We have been given the opportunity to work harder and do much better at interpreting what these calls to action mean as they apply to communities, families, workplaces, schools, and more. How do we respond to these calls each day? What can we do together to ensure equity & respect for our Indigenous neighbours, friends, & hosts?

We know that by supporting Indigenous youth & their communities, we strengthen our society overall. We also know that our ability to provide transformative and meaningful opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous young leaders to forge new pathways together is a crucial contribution to Truth and Reconciliation. It is Sea School’s wish to provide environments and opportunities in which indigenous youth feel safe, supported, considered, and heard.

Our commitments to action outlined below is how we hope to achieve that.

Sea School’s commitments to action:

  1. Honour and acknowledge Indigenous lands and waterways where Sea School programs take place.

  2. Collaborate with Indigenous youth service providers to provide safe and welcoming outdoor programs for Indigenous youth.

  3. Reduce financial and logistical barriers for Indigenous youth to participate in outdoor recreation and leadership opportunities.

  4. Support our indigenous youth participants in their career and recreational pursuits.

  5. Educate our staff and board members through workshops in cultural safety, implicit bias and the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action.

  6. Review our marketing materials, staff policies, participant forms, organizational culture and program design with a cultural safety lens and implement changes.

  7. Identify and acknowledge our support and actions in multi year strategic plans and publications and continuously evaluate our progress.

We hope that you will join us in using this day (with days, months, and years to come) to reflect on our responsibility to serve Indigenous Communities on unceded Mi’kma’ki and beyond.

We are all Treaty People.

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Below, we will provide some links for reading more into the places, treaties, and most urgently, the 94 calls to action set out by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015:

Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action: https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf

In Nova Scotia, we are subject to the “1752 Treaty of Friendship and Peace” which encompasses part of Wabanakik (of the Wabanaki Confederacy including territories of the peoples Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, & Passamaquoddy); being colonial Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, & Gaspe - find a version of the treaty here: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100029040/1581293867988

Native-Land.ca - an interactive map of the world by which you can filter Indigenous boundaries by territory, language and/or treaty: https://native-land.ca/

Coming Home: to Indigenous Place Names in Canada - a beautiful & detailed free PDF of Indigenous place names on Turtle Island. Researched & designed by Dr. Margaret Wickens Pearce, as commissioned by Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby, Director of the Canadian-American Center of the University of Maine: https://umaine.edu/canam/publications/coming-home-map/

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