We Are All Treaty People

Why are we measuring reconciliation in Saskatchewan?

The Office of the Treaty Commissioner's efforts to create a framework and tools for measuring truth and reconciliation aim to inspire action, inform learning and increase our collective impact.

Together with hundreds of partner organization, we believe that, in order to advance truth and reconciliation in Saskatchewan, we can create a better future by:

  • Connecting the people in our communities who want to pursue truth and reconciliation and providing them with tools and space to learn, build relationships, and engage in collective action; 
  • Pursuing a shared vision for success, and an understanding of why reconciliation is essential for us all
  • Inspiring action, measuring impact, and learning from our efforts

How are we measuring reconciliation in Saskatchewan?

Our work strives to include the voices of Survivors and Knowledge Keepers and to stay rooted in the Treaty relationship, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Pursuing a shared vision for success: To be able to measure progress we first needed to ask what successful truth and reconciliation looked like. For four years, we asked thousands of Saskatchewan residents about the future they would like to see for their children and grandchildren. This process was guided by ceremony and led to the public release in September 2019 of a Vision for Truth and Reconciliation through Treaty Implementation. This Vision and its four overlapping areas act as our guiding principles for the measurement and evaluation framework.

Indicators: We created indicators, or specific ways we can measure progress to help guide us on what authentic change would look like in our province. Our team has found more than 800 ways that we can measure progress that are based on foundational documents such as the TRC Calls to ActionMMIWG Calls for JusticeUnited Nations Sustainable Development GoalsUnited Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, locally sourced indicators, and more.

Outcomes and Reconciliation Logic Model: With over 800 ways to measure reconciliation in this province, we started organizing and grouping indicators to show what a path of progress in reconciliation for Saskatchewan could look like. We have spent a large portion of 2019 on the creation of a logic model that highlights outcomes based on all indicators that we collected and charts a complex, circular path of reconciliation growth for individuals, organizations, and governments.  

Reconciliation Action Plans: With a theoretical journey for truth and reconciliation mapped out in the logic model, we are now working to create and pilot a facilitated process to assist organizations to engage in this journey.

As of April 2020, we have finished the first version of the conceptual model, which summarizes the logic model into a series of eight complex, yet possible, steps for an organization to truly advance truth and reconciliation. We will spend 2020 working with partners to pilot a process of creating tailored Reconciliation Action Plans that utilize the vision, outcomes, indicators, and the logic model's anticipated path of growth to help organizations and businesses advance their journey.
 

How will we know if change is happening in Saskatchewan?

To know if change is happening in Saskatchewan we will need to use multiple qualitative and quantitative methods to collect stories and data from multiple sources including Knowledge Keepers, and our partners throughout the province. Our aim is to report regularly on the progress of reconciliation in Saskatchewan.

To know if change is happening in the future, we first need to know where we're at now. So we've started collecting data to create a starting point for measuring Saskatchewan's reconciliation progress. Specifically, we have:

Surveyed the 2019 attitudes of Saskatchewan residents in regards to truth and reconciliation.  We conducted a telephone survey of over 3,000 Saskatchewan residents and found among respondents a sense of hope in our collective journey towards reconciliation. Roughly 9 our of 10 Saskatchewan residents agree that reconciliation is important and that it is possible. However, this hope is tempered by recognition of the significant problems we face in Saskatchewan including the presence of racism, inequities in our systems and the reported negative relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous People. We created a main summary report, Saskatchewan's Public Opinion on Reconciliation and a technical report with all the data, 2019 General Population Survey: Results from a Saskatchewan-Based Survey on Attitudes Toward Reconciliation. 


Mapped the current reconciliation efforts of partners, using an interactive process to track reconciliation activities happening in Saskatchewan and to inspire further action. 

At its core, the Reconciliation Mapping Exercise (RME) is a way to collect data and establish a baseline of reconciliation efforts in any given organization. Within 2-3 hours, organizations (or groups of organizations) are able to engage in a reflective process that will reveal the type of activities they have been doing to address reconciliation and hopefully inspire thinking about ways to do more.

 


Worked with partners: The Office of the Treaty Commissioner is working closely with partners, Knowledge Keepers, and Survivors to guide, create, and help us in this journey. We have had multiple meetings with multiple partners from multiple sectors to help us at every step of our evaluation goals. We are hoping to have more conversations, and partners join us in 2020 and beyond.

We are happy to share more information. Feel free to reach out to our team by email with any questions, or for additional details on the measurement strategy.