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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’s (TRC’s) Calls to Action is happening at a slow pace. As of December 2019, the Yellowhead Institute reports that 9 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 people must make strides in contributing meaningful work.

With this purpose in mind, CWLC’s initiative is creating opportunities for mainstream child, 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 composed of over 30 organizations from coast to coast, with a cross-cutting focus in child welfare, housing, health and youth justice. Its work is guided by CWLC’s Indigenous Child and Family Committee, Algonquin Traditional Teacher Albert Dumont, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and young people with lived experience in child welfare. The group’s focus is presently on aiding effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in learning more, email Rachel at rachel[at]

Members of the Learning Community on Reconciliation:

  • A Way Home Canada

  • ALIGN Association of Community Services

  • Alta Care Resources

  • Aspen Family & Community Network Society

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Saskatoon

  • Canadian Accreditation Council

  • Canadian Association of Social Workers

  • Canadian Foster Family Association

  • Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

  • CARF Canada

  • Children First Canada

  • Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

  • Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa

  • Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver

  • ​Enviros Wilderness School Association

  • Government of New Brunswick, Department of Social Development

  • Government of Northwest Territories, Department of Family Services

  • Key Assets Canada

  • Kinship & Foster Family Network of Manitoba

  • Muttart Foundation

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association

  • Phoenix Youth

  • Public Health Agency of Canada

  • Ranch Ehrlo Society

  • Saskatchewan Youth in Care and Custody Network

  • UNICEF Canada

  • Unlimited Potential Community Services

  • Vantage Community Services

  • Women’s Shelters Canada

  • Wood’s Homes

Members of CWLC’s Indigenous Child and Family Committee:

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

  • Jeff Schiffer, Executive Director, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

  • Kenn Richard, Interim Executive Director, Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario

  • Marilyn Birch, Director of Child and Family Services, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island

  • Raymond Shingoose, Executive Director, Yellow Thunderbird Lodge

  • Rhonda Barraclough, Executive Director, ALIGN Association of Community Services

  • Richard Rothenburger, Provincial Outreach Coordinator, Saskatchewan Youth in Care and Custody Network

  • Tara Petti, Professional Services

  • Billie Schibler, CEO, Manitoba’s Metis Child & Family Services Authority

  • Arijana Haramincic, Executive Director, Government of Nunavut Family Services

Proudly supported by:

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

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