Glossary

1. Advisory Panel Gathering

Initiating dialogue; validation of shared desire to engage in dialogue between indigenous and non-indigenous people.

2. Ally

An ally are those who wish to build a relationship with indigenous peoples and work towards reconciliation.

3. Deeper Re-Imaging

Deeper examination and re-imagining of mainstream mindsets and systems.

4. Dialogue

A conversation; an opportunity to connect about our shared and different perspectives.

5. Education

Embedding reconciliation education in school K to 12 and post-secondary, and within professional development initiatives within the bureaucracy, is the largest tool in achieving reconciliation.

6. Empowering our people

Empowering our people includes bringing people out of poverty, decreasing the incarceration rate, and increasing social determinants of health – these are all measurable targets of reconciliation actions.

7. Inclusivity

Broadening the nation to nation concept is an essential component of inclusivity; including inclusivity within the Indigenous community.

8. Need for Immediate Action

Families, children, and Elders who are struggling with issues such as homelessness, poverty, addiction and hunger need immediate action.

9. Reconciliation

Reconciliation is, at its core, about building mutually respectful relationships and being genuinely accountable in those relationships.

10. Systemic Reconciliation

Systemic Reconciliation explores how ministry mandates impact Indigenous Communities at all government levels: federal, provincial, and municipal.

11. Systems Change

Sustaining change within government – and ensuring that there is continued funding for the culture aspects.

12. Territorial Acknowledgements

Territorial acknowledgements must come with intention -understanding the perspective of the people and land – comes with a personal action.

13. Urban Community

The urban community involves bringing indigenous and non-indigenous peoples voices together in order to gain a “collective truth”.

14. Voices

VURD wants to include many diverse voices from the urban community. There needs to be a balance of having enough voices form both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.