Truth and Reconciliation Statement

QMUNITY’s Truth and Reconciliation statement represents our staff, volunteers, community and board members’ investment in promoting reconciliation through listening, reflecting, learning, and action. We recognize that our work towards reconciliation will always be a work in progress and must be demonstrated through actions and not by declaration alone.

With great respect, QMUNITY confirms that our work takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples. The Q Space is situated on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. It is with gratitude that we extend our services throughout Indigenous territories across the west coast of Turtle Island.

As a settler-dominated organization, we recognize our participation in the historical and ongoing violence and systemic bias of oppressive colonial systems. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual harm brought on by centuries of intergenerational trauma, erasure, and historical abuse is unfathomable and inexcusable. We apologize to the Indigenous community for our failure in providing a safe space for those in need of support and healing, and we are committed to change this. Further, QMUNITY commits to uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and advocate for the dignity and well-being of the Indigenous community throughout our work.

We must do better to advance truth and reconciliation in our work and to continuously hold it as a priority. We strive to build non-profit structures committed to decolonizing spaces. It is therefore with gratitude and respect that we address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and in particular the following Calls to Action which are especially applicable to our work:

22. We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system Health Canada Pharmacy to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.

66. We call upon the federal government to establish multi-year funding for community-based youth organizations to deliver programs on reconciliation, and establish a national network to share information and best practices.

92. We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources. This would include, but not be limited to, the following:

i. Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceedings with economic development projects.

ii. Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.

iii. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

QMUNITY pledges to use its influence and role in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to promote reconciliation through continuous education and tangible community actions. We are fully committed to honouring and amplifying the voices of all Indigenous people, and particularly those queer, Indigiqueer, trans, and Two-Spirit folk who continue to face contemporary erasure, violence, and appropriation by settler queer culture.

We recognize the urgency for immediate action and commit ourselves to this critical work by responding in the following ways:

  • We will engage Indigenous and Two-Spirit community members in creating and facilitating programs and services that are culturally informed by hiring an Indigenous Outreach Coordinator.
  • We will identify what clinical supervision looks like from a culturally-appropriate lens by working with an Indigenous practicum student and the First Nations Health Authority.
  • We will maintain an open invitation for continued feedback from Indigenous and Two-Spirit persons via TRC_feedback@qmunity.ca as part of our commitment to continuously listen, learn and implement informed and actionable change across all our programs and initiatives.

These are the first steps of many needed from QMUNITY as we continue to (re)build the right relationship with, and be accountable to, BC First Nations, including host Nations.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress due to Indian Residential Schools experiences or intergenerational trauma: 1-866-925-4419.

More information on the crisis line can be found at: https://www.irsss.ca/faqs/how-do-i-reach-the-24-hour-crisis-line

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