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For National Aboriginal Day, CFLA-FCAB Acting on Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report

Jun 21, 2017

This National Aboriginal Day, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) is acting on recommendations of the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee in its recently released report. The Federation is:

The Federation continues to promote initiatives to all types of libraries to advance reconciliation by supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and to promote collaboration on these issues across Canadian communities.

“Truth and Reconciliation is one of CFLA-FCAB’s main priorities so it’s especially significant to announce the creation of a CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee on National Aboriginal Day and to highlight the endorsement of the CFLA-FCAB Truth & Reconciliation Committee report and recommendations from libraries and library associations across Canada” said Peter Bailey, Chair of CFLA-FCAB. “I encourage other libraries to endorse the report and begin moving toward Reconciliation in Action by implementing the recommendations.”

CFLA-FCAB has created a digital Indigenous Resources Hub on the CFLA-FCAB website with the foundational documents created by the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee report, containing:

The CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee report is a snapshot of where we are today. It is by no means comprehensive but rather it is a beginning and a foundation upon which libraries, archives, and cultural memory institutions can build. The numerous “living databases” that were created will reside on the Indigenous Hub and will be continually updated as more information becomes available.

The CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee was chaired by Camille Callison, member of the Tahltan Nation and Indigenous Services Librarian at the University of Manitoba. The Truth and Reconciliation Report & Recommendations became a reality due to the commitment and dedication of each of the following members to whom we thank for their dedication and service:

Sarah Andrews, Martha Attridge Bufton, Greg Bak, Betty Braaksma, Marc Bragdon, Donna Bourne-Tyson, Patti Bryant, Cynthia Bretell, Anne Carr-Wiggin, Michael Ciccone, Carol Cooley, Diana Davidson, Monique Désormeaux, Michael Dudley, Pierre Gamache, Stan Gardner, Linda Garvin, Ben Gosling, Rosemary Griebel, Helen Halbert, Karen Hoffmann, Katherine Kasirer, Patricia Knockwood, Thom Knutson, Megan Langley, Jessie Loyer, Feather Maracle Luke, John Mutford, Maggie Neilson, Trina O’Brien Leggott, John Pateman, Colette Poitras, Trudy Russo, Pam Ryan, Joëlle Samson, Sonia Smith, Trecia Schell, Paul Takala, Suzanne van den Hoogen, Jenna Walsh, Natalie Wing and Monique Woroniak.

The following organizations and libraries have already endorsed the CFLA-FCAB Truth & Reconciliation Committee report & recommendations! If your library or organization would like to endorse it, please visit http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/indigenous.