Richmond City Council: Adopt a Truth and Reconciliation Policy

Richmond City Council: Adopt a Truth and Reconciliation Policy

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This petition will be presented to the mayor and city councillors of Richmond, British Columbia in November, 2022.  Signing this petition will demonstrate the importance of Truth and Reconciliation in Richmond to our City Council.

In contrast to our neighbouring municipalities, there has been very little action towards Truth and Reconciliation by the city of Richmond.  The last 200 years of colonialism in Canada have caused significant harm to Indigenous Peoples and it is up to all Canadians to do our part to make it better. Indigenous peoples are part of our city and our history and we need to honour them.

We call upon the City of Richmond to create, adopt, and publish a Truth and Reconciliation policy, such as the Reconciliation Framework adopted in Vancouver in 2014*, that includes, but is not limited to the following:

-implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action that are relevant to municipalities (https://www.ubcm.ca/policy-areas/reconciliation-relationships)

-adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the city’s framework for reconciliation (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/indigenous-people/new-relationship/united-nations-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples)

-honouring Indigenous cultural significance by publicly identifying historical sites (eg. Garry Point, midden near Spul’u’kwuks Elementary School)

-including Indigenous history on the city of Richmond’s History of Richmond webpage (https://www.richmond.ca/discover/about/history.htm)

-leading an annual event in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and raising an orange flag at city hall to honour the children whose lives were lost

-including a land acknowledgement on the city website and before council meetings

-providing opportunities for residents and visitors to learn about the First Peoples of Richmond throughout our community (signage in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, informational plaques at historic sites, inviting presenters and speakers from Musqueam to be a part of city celebrations and observances, etc.)

-participating in and providing educational opportunities to city staff and Richmond residents, such as the Kairos Blanket Exercise, to understand the harmful effects of Canada’s colonial history (https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org)

-including Indigenous stakeholders in decision-making

*For reference, Vancouver’s Reconciliation Policy can be found at https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/reconciliation-policy.aspx

Thank you for signing this petition!

Alisa Magnan and Katherine Myers, Richmond Elementary School Teachers                                                                                                             

 

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