We Are All Treaty People

The OTC has developed a draft vision of reconciliation — of what success in a generation will look like — based on the input of roughly 380 Saskatchewan leaders from over 70 organizations, whom we met with in eight different gatherings held in five different communities from April 2014 to January 2016. Each of these gatherings used slightly different ways to get participants to imagine and describe a reconciled Saskatchewan. See the process.

The people involved come from many regions of the province and from all walks of life: First Nation, Métis, non-Indigenous – newcomers and oldcomers, business, government, community, and civil society. But we want more input, we want to hear from you for our discussions, further refine and build ownership over a common vision of reconciliation in Saskatchewan.

Where will you start?

Tell us what you think of this vision by emailing reconciliationsk@otc.ca. If we can build consensus on where we are going, we can each do our part to make sure we arrive there. See where other people are starting in our Facebook Gallery #ReconciliationSK. Make your own poster, take a photo and add your voice.

Reconciliation in Saskatchewan is working together to create a new, shared future for our children and grandchildren. It is a generational journey that strives for a society based on four elements:

  • A Shared Understanding of Our History: We will have acknowledged, honoured, and healed from the truth and history of this land;
    • We understand Saskatchewan’s history, including past and present wrongs
    • We have respectful relationships to the land and to our ancestors
    • Individuals, families and communities are strong and healing
  • Authentic Relationships: Strong relationships, partnerships and trust will exist among all people;
    • Safe spaces exist for shared cultural learning
    • Trust and partnerships
    • Greater skills for communication and managing conflict
  • Strong Cultures, World Views and Interwoven Experiences: Our cultures will be strong, world views respected and our social experiences will have been woven together;
    • Strong Indigenous cultures and languages
    • Diversity celebrated, racism rejected
    • Shared social experiences: we share and learn from each other
  • Political, Economic and Social Systems that Represent and Benefit Us All.
    • Quality of life for all
    • Representative leadership, workforceI
    • ndigenous sovereignty and Treaty Implementation

How the Reconciliation Saskatchewan Vision has been developed:

• Draft 1 created based on input of 400 Saskatchewan leaders from over 70 organizations, in eight different gatherings held in five communities in 2015-16;
• Collected feedback on Draft 1 from 480 Sask. Citizens in 2016-17;
• Draft 2 revised together with a dozen Reconciliation Saskatoon partners in Dec. 2017
• Input on Draft 2 from Regina, Saskatoon, Lloydminster/Onion Lake Reconciliation groups (146 organizations represented) in Jan. 2018, Elders in February 2018
• Draft 3 created in February, 2018. Elders gatherings in Regina, Saskatoon to get feedback.
• Next steps:
           • create evaluation framework to measure how we’re doing against vision
           • Get input from Elders, survivors, Reconciliation groups
           • Articulate vision in other Indigenous, non-Indigenous languages
           • Promote Vision and evaluation framework as a common agenda for all to pursue