Board of Trustees Gives First Reading of Policy 19: Acknowledging Territories of Indigenous Communities within Division Events

  Posted: October 19, 2016

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) Board of Trustees is seeking feedback from stakeholders regarding Policy 19: Acknowledging Territories of Indigenous Communities within Division Events, which was given first reading at the October 18th Regular Board Meeting.  This policy states that the traditional lands of First Nations and Metis people will be acknowledged at the beginning of every public event or public meeting hosted by the division, and was created in response to Call to Action 69 that was included in the report created by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  HFCRD strongly supports the outcomes of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and is committed to doing its part by including the next generations in the reconciliation process.

“The Board of Trustees is proud to introduce this policy to the division as one small part of the Truth and Reconciliation process.  True reconciliation will never be attained unless younger generations are included in the solution,” said Board Vice Chair Dianne Arcand-Lavoie.  “We want our First Nations, Metis and Inuit stakeholders to know that their history is incredibly important to the division and should be recognized.  As a Metis woman, I personally feel this policy will bring Truth and Reconciliation to the forefront across the division.”

HFCRD asks stakeholders to review the policy and provide their feedback by emailing Superintendent Betty Turpin at Betty.Turpin@hfcrd.ab.ca.  The deadline to submit feedback is Thursday November 10th as the second and third reading of Policy 19 will be at the November 15th Regular Board Meeting.

The policy can be found here.