Municipalities, provincial governments, federal departments, universities and others are mobilizing across the country in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action and the commitments of political leaders to enter into new and better relationships with Indigenous peoples: relationships built on recognition, respect and partnership.
IPAC will contribute to the development of these relationships with a year-long focus on dialogue and learning in 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The nation-wide project consists of a series of regional dialogues between public servants, administrators and leaders of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit government and institutions, focussed on one key question: How can we, as a public administration community, transform ourselves and in the spirit of reconciliation, support better relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments and people?
The goal is not simply to have an event, but to create the foundation for ongoing relationships through shared learning, collaboration and partnership.
In particular, the National Year of Dialogue aims to achieve or make substantial progress toward:
- Greater awareness by public servants across all governments about the issues and challenges facing Indigenous peoples, and why
- Better understanding by non-Indigenous public servants about their professional roles and responsibilities in regards to Indigenous peoples
- Greater awareness within the Indigenous community of IPAC and the role it can play in helping build relationships and networks, and in sharing expertise
- Opportunities for future projects and partnerships.
The aim is to have one dialogue session in every province and territory organized and hosted by IPAC Regional Groups, their local universities and private sector partners, as well as a national event held in association with IPAC’s National Conference in August 2017 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The IPAC Saskatchewan Regional Group will be participating in this initiative throughout 2017. ImPACt Sask will be publishing articles, interviews, and stories of interest throughout 2017 that will shed more light on this important year of dialogue.