SPES’s Statement of Reconciliation – Our Commitment.

We, at the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), gratefully acknowledge that the land and waters on which we gather and help steward are the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

We recognize that Indigenous peoples, including the Coast Salish peoples, have suffered under colonial and postcolonial activities. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived in harmony with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, that enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.

We are committed to supporting Indigenous children, youth, and families in the communities we serve and to creating equitable services and an inclusive environment for all. SPES is committed to truth and reconciliation and is guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, specifically:

  • 66: “We call upon the federal government to establish multiyear funding for community-based youth organizations to deliver programs on reconciliation, and establish a national network to share information and best practices.”;
  • 84ii: “… Increase equitable access for Aboriginal peoples to jobs, leadership positions, and professional development opportunities within the organization.”; and,
  • 92iii: “…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.”

We are committed to applying these calls to action in our operations to the fullest extent possible on our reconciliation and decolonization journey.

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