The following is a blog article written by Animikii, an award-winning Indigenous tech company based out of the Songhees Innovation Centre in Victoria.
The greatest barrier of engaging businesses in Reconciliation is the idea that participating in Reconciliation is optional.
However, what works for one company may not work for another. The purpose of this article is to expose you to the resources and ideas behind Reconciliation and provide suggestions on how to incorporate Reconciliation and it's principles into your business.
Where Do I Begin?
First, examine where you are with your business. Where are the shortcomings in your business’ ability to engage with Indigenous issues and Reconciliation? How can you fill those gaps? Are you taking advantage of local talent and knowledge? Are you forging connections with the local communities? How are you responding to the TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION’S (TRC) CALLS TO ACTION or to the UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (UNDRIP)?
The most important thing you can do is focus on having an earnest, well-intentioned, and respectful approach. One of the first steps you can take is educating yourself and your coworkers on language.
Language is important, particularly in Reconciliation. It is important to keep your language respectful and to ask questions when you’re unsure of what to say. The point is to shift your mindset to one centred on Reconciliation and grounded in respect.
Reconciliation Responsibilities for Businesses
This part is nice because it's very concrete – we’ve compiled a list of responsibilities for your business that comply with the TRC’s Calls to Action; namely, the COMMISSION’S 92ND CALL TO ACTION: BUSINESS AND RECONCILIATION.
When it comes to applying Reconciliation principles to your business, there are a number of practical ways to get started.
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