Our Commitment to Reconciliation - September 30th, 2021
Nichole Hrehirchuk - President, AFP Manitoba Chapter
AFP Manitoba commits to fostering a culture in which Indigenous Peoples and all members can contribute to their fullest potential by promoting and providing opportunities for people to learn from one another.
Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord is a tool in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous Winnipeggers can come together and explore reconciliation. On September 9th, 2021, AFP Manitoba officially signed on as a partner with Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord joining over 200 organizations within Winnipeg thus far.
We have made a written declaration in alignment with TRC Call to Action 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:
- Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects.
- 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.
- 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.
In response, our goal as AFP Manitoba chapter, is to help ensure Aboriginal Peoples have equitable access to professional development training. We will continue to open membership meetings by practicing Traditional Territories Acknowledgement and/or alternate acknowledgements, and to make intentional efforts to include Indigenous perspectives on Philanthropy in our programming.
We are launching conversational sessions for our membership highlighting the themes of: ‘Reconciliation and Philanthropy’, an exploration of Indigenous perspectives on Philanthropy, and ‘De-colonizing Philanthropy’ examining the characteristics of colonization, looking at the ways in which philanthropy perpetuates colonial inequities, discovering how we participate in this system as fundraisers, and undertaking the process of decolonizing our practice. These three conversations are part of a series of five exploring IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) principles as they specifically relate to our practise as professional fundraisers. We hope that these sessions will generate ongoing conversations among our membership.
We will also explore offering scholarships for fundraisers from diverse communities and conducting intentional outreach to Indigenous led organizations to explore how we can work more closely together and learn from each other.
Our Progress to date:
We were proud to offer education on the history of Aboriginal peoples to AFP Manitoba members. This two-hour online class was offered at no cost through the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. So far, 68 AFP Manitoba members have taken part in this two-hour online class, available at no cost. We collaborated with AFP chapters in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC to make the opportunity available to AFP members across western Canada.
We continue to include a traditional territory and land acknowledgment at our regularly scheduled professional development sessions and other events. We have incorporated an Indigenous perspective on Philanthropy into our programming by inviting Elders to open the annual Manitoba Philanthropy Awards event with a traditional greeting and prayer.
If you as an AFP member have other ideas or wish to be more involved, please do reach out! Pat Robertson is our IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Ethics & Access) Chair and can be reached at email@example.com
Please consider joining us in this critical endeavour towards Truth & Reconciliation in Winnipeg. Download the Partner Information Guide to learn more about:
- Getting involved as a Partner.
- Opportunities to build knowledge with friends and colleagues; and,
- Links to resources to build understanding.
Together with the City of Winnipeg, “we hope to make our city a better place to live based on mutual respect, equal opportunity, and hope by creating partnership-based initiatives that bring Winnipeggers together.”
Complete the online application form to become a Partner to Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord.
Reflections On Pride In Winnipeg - September 2nd, 2021
Bryce Byron and the IDEA Committee, AFP Manitoba Chapter
What does Pride Month mean to you?
Pride is a time to reflect on the activists who have stood up and fought for the rights that we now enjoy. I think of the people who marched in Winnipeg’s first Pride parade in 1987 and the fact that some of the poster advertised that anonymity masks would be available for those that wanted them. We have come so far as a community, and it is thanks to the tireless work of those that came
What is the importance of acknowledging and celebrating Pride Month?
For too many members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community we are raised to believe that our identities are shameful and something to be kept hidden. Pride challenges these beliefs and encourages us to celebrate and find joy in our identities. Pride is also a way to let those who are still in the closet know that there is a safe place for them in the community.
What challenges or barriers does the LGBTQ+ community face in Manitoba?
While the legal landscape in Manitoba has come a long way for members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community social acceptance of our community is not always consistent for everyone. Trans and non binary folks still face barriers when accessing healthcare and proper identity documents. Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are still prevalent and are often made worse when they intersect with things like racism and xenophobia.
If you are unsure of where to start, here are some resources:
Video on being a better ally:
It's Winnipeg Anti-Racism Week - March 22nd, 2021
Roxanne Tackie and the IDEA Committee, AFP Manitoba Chapter
How we're leading change in our charitable community - February 18th, 2021
Nicole Hrehirchuk, President, AFP Manitoba Chapter