Heritage BC strives to integrate reconciliation into all aspects of our work as a part of our mission to support all forms of cultural heritage.
This landing page serves as a jump-off point to find resources that explore reconciliation in the context of the heritage sector, educational tools, actions that you and your organization can take, and more.
An introduction to Reconciliation and UNDRIP, including resources for building awareness and policies around Indigenous Cultural HeritageLearn More
Offering a set of ten standards and calls to action to drive heritage organizations forward, beyond conversation, to archive new standards in reconciliation in the sector.Learn More
Guest posts recounting writers' personal experiences about racism, inclusivity and equity from a range of perspectives in BC.Learn More
List of and link to organizations involved in work with Indigenous Cultural Heritage and ReconciliationLearn More
Resources to help you acknowledge the past, recognize truth and seek reconciliation.Learn More
In June, take time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada. Engage with Indigenous-created content: Attend events, watch films, listen to podcasts, read books, and have conversations with your friends, family and colleagues about what you learn.
Organized by The Orange Shirt Society, Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemoration to raise awareness of the intergenerational impacts of residential schools on individuals, families and communities. Through the Orange Shirt Society’s initiative, orange shirts have come to symbolize the systemic stripping of culture, freedom, and family that Indigenous children have experienced for generations.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which falls on the same day as Orange Shirt Day, is a direct response to the TRC Call to Action 80, which called for a federal statutory day of commemoration to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that the public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Ways to Participate
» BC Treaty Commission
» First Peoples’ Cultural Council
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is a provincial Crown Corporation formed by the government of British Columbia in 1990 to administer the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Program.
» Indian Residential Survivor’s Society
This provincial organization has a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors.
» Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC
The Centre works with partners across disciplines, at UBC and beyond, to facilitate dialogues and access to records and information that support engaging the legacies of the residential school system and the on-going impacts of colonialism in Canada
» Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs
The Indigenous Heritage Circle (IHC) was founded in 2016 as an Indigenous-designed and Indigenous-led organization dedicated to the advancement of cultural heritage matters of importance to Métis, Inuit and First Nations.
National Indigenous charitable organization with the mandate to educate and create awareness and understanding about the Residential School System.
Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
» Indigenous Peoples and Cultures
» Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
» Library and Archives Canada: Indigenous Heritage
» Heritage BC Webinar: The Reality of Inclusion when Collaborating and Partnering with Indigenous Neighbours
» 23 Tips On What Not To Say Or Do When Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples
» 27 Tips On What To Say And Do When Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples
» Ayisinowak – A Communications Guide to facilitate improved relationship building
» Building Relationships with First Nations (Union of BC Municipalities publication)
» Indigenous Ally Toolkit – Produced by the Montreal Aboriginal Urban Strategy Network
» Statement Of Guiding Principles For Presenting Indigenous Work
» Best Practices for Indigenous Engagement (Canadian Commssion for UNESCO)
» Indigenous Peoples: Language Guidelines (UBC)
» First Nations Language Map (Museum of Anthropology) & Nations Map (BC region only)
» Pronunciation Guide to First Nations of BC
» Words Matter from the BC Public Service Agency