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Learning Community on Reconciliation

First convened in October 2019, CWLC's Learning Community on Reconciliation is rallying with the understanding that implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC’s) Calls to Action is happening at a slow pace. As of December 2021, the Yellowhead Institute reports that 11 of the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action have been met, with 0 of 5 complete in the area of child welfare. If reconciliation in Canada is to advance, non-Indigenous peoples must make strides in contributing meaningful work. With this purpose in mind, CWLC’s initiative is creating opportunities for mainstream children, youth and family-serving organizations to:​

  • Strengthen their ability to work creatively, respectfully and collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

  • Reflect on their practice, learn from peers and experts and prototype and evaluate reconciliation initiatives.

  • Operationalize the TRC’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in their organization.

The community is made up of over 30 organizations from coast-to-coast-to-coast, with a cross-cutting focus on child welfare, housing, health and youth justice. Its work is guided by CWLC’s Indigenous Child and Family Committee, Algonquin Traditional Teacher Albert Dumont and Indigenous youth, including young people with lived experience in child welfare. If you are interested in learning more, please email To donate to the Learning Community, visit our CanadaHelps page.

Members of the Learning Community on Reconciliation

ALIGN Association of Community Services

Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

Canadian Association of Social Workers

CARF Canada

Children's Aid Society of Ottawa

Enviros Wilderness School Association

Key Assets Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association

Ranch Ehrlo Society

Unlimited Potential Community Services

Wood's Homes

Aspen Family & Community Network Society

Alta Care Resources

Boys & Girls Clubs of Saskatoon

Canadian Foster Family Association

Children First Canada

Children's Aid Society of Toronto

Government of New Brunswick, Department of Social Development

Kinship & Foster Family Network of Manitoba

Phoenix Youth

Saskatchewan Youth in Care and Custody Network

Vantage Community Services

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Canadian Accreditation Council

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

Children's Aid Foundation of Canada

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver

Government of Northwest, Department of Family Services

A Way Home Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada


Women's Shelters Canada

Members of CWLC’s Indigenous Child and Family Committee

  • Tara Petti (Chair), Professional Services

  • Nicole McFadyen, Consultant, Practice and Policy, ALIGN Association of Community Services

  • Bernadette Spence, CEO, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society

  • Raymond Shingoose, Executive Director, Yorkton Tribal Council Child and Family Services


Proudly Supported By:

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Sincere thanks to the following organizations for sponsoring the creation of an Indigenous youth-led evaluation:

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