Wellbeing Waterloo Region has made a commitment to develop meaningful relationships and work toward reconciliation with local First Nations, Metis and Inuit community. Part of this commitment includes developing resources and tools to support education with our community partners. The First Nations, Metis, Inuit Advisory and Advocacy Circle of Wellbeing Waterloo Region was consulted in the development of the territorial acknowledgement we use today.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather today is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe and Neutral People. We acknowledge the enduring presence of the Indigenous people with whom we share this land today, their achievements and their contributions to our community. We offer this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation between Indigenous and non- Indigenous peoples of Canada.
Journey to Reconciliation Training
Wellbeing Waterloo Region is committed to developing meaningful relationships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities in Waterloo Region. As part of this journey we want to acknowledge the impacts of colonization and support actions that will promote reconciliation and support Indigenous wellbeing.
One of the WWR actions is to support and implement training and resources for our network in order to understand the impacts of colonization. There have been several training sessions offered to date and now we are offering the next (virtually) in the series. Below is a list of training opportunities being offered.
A Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ontario was offered to Wellbeing Waterloo Region member in October as an experience to learn about the history, legacy, and impacts of residential schools in Canada. The tour is facilitated by staff at the Woodland Cultural Centre, which is host to a variety of Indigenous arts, education, and language resources.
Save the Evidence is a campaign to raise awareness and support for the restoration of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, and to develop the building into an Interpreted Historic Site and Educational Resource.
Wellbeing Waterloo Region publishes biweekly newsletters with updates from the community. Future Journey to Reconciliation Training opportunities will be included in our newsletters. You may subscribe here.