CIP acknowledges our respect for and deep gratitude to the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) Anishinabewaki first nations on whose traditional territories we are honoured to operate.

Today, September 30, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. On this day, CIP acknowledges that there is much work to be done by the Institute to further reconciliation, and we would like to encourage our members to take time to reflect on the tragic history of the residential school system and its ongoing impact, as a necessary step in the process of reconciliation. 

CIP has made a commitment to establish and maintain a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It is a long-term relationship-building, learning, and healing process, as opposed to a specific outcome to be achieved. If you would like to read more about CIP’s commitment to Indigenous Planning you may do so here.

On this day, CIP will be taking part in a day of education for our staff, which will include training and shared resources, followed by a facilitated discussion on reconciliation. As we learn, we invite you to learn alongside us. We have provided a number of links below, where you can read about the history of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, as well as find resources to learn more about truth and reconciliation.

Global Resources
Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Local Organizations (Ottawa/Gatineau)

Wabano Centre
Wabano is a leader in Indigenous healthcare and demonstrates the strength, resilience and vibrancy of our community. Rooted in culture, Wabano is a place that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of all backgrounds can call home.

Through donations and the support of our community, they are able to keep the centre running and to continue delivering innovative health, social and cultural programs.

Minwaashin Lodge
An Indigenous Women’s Support Centre, Minwaashin Lodge provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values to ensure a holistic approach is used as part of the healing journey. 

Odawa Native Friendship Centre

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre offers a full calendar of events including programs for all age groups and needs, cultural events and social/recreational activities. They welcome any suggestions and support from the community in expanding their services.

Tungasuvvingat Inuit
Tungasuvvingat Inuit is an Inuit-specific registered not-for-profit Ontario service provider offering social support, cultural activities, employment and education assistance, youth programs, counselling, crisis intervention and more.  In total, we offer nearly 30 integrated, front-line services!  The goal is to be a one-stop resource and support centre to meet the rapidly growing, complex and evolving needs of Inuit in Ontario.

Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth

 An Ottawa-based transitional home for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, ages 16 to 29. They provide a safe, culture-oriented environment where women can celebrate their traditions and acquire skills that will help them in life. They offer a wide range of programs and services including cultural programs, financial planning, outreach supports, counseling, assistance finding permanent housing and more.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society 

The Caring Society works to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations youth and their families through education initiatives, public policy campaigns and providing quality resources to support communities. Using a reconciliation framework that addresses contemporary hardships for Indigenous families in ways that uplift all Canadians, the Caring Society champions culturally based equity for First Nations children and their families so that they can grow up safely at home, be healthy, achieve their dreams, celebrate their languages and culture and be proud of who they are.

The Circle

Transforms philanthropy and contributes to positive change between Philanthropy and Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation, and activation. The Circle works alongside Indigenous-led organizations, Indigenous informed organizations, organizations with Indigenous beneficiaries, our members and philanthropic signatories of The Declaration of Action to encourage individuals and organizations to learn, acknowledge, and understand more about reconciliation and the decolonization of wealth.



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