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Weekly Update

November 24, 2016

Living into reconciliation: moving forward

Last week, The Federation’s Reconciliation Action Group met to reflect on the October Conference and to discuss how our organization can continue living into reconciliation.

Some of the group members shared that they will be taking the Kairos Blanket Exercise Training this week. Another member’s agency recently participated in the Witness Blanket Tour which is on exhibit in the lower mainland until April. The group also talked about the possibility of hosting another Federation conference on reconciliation to continue this important dialogue.

But a big part of the group’s conversation focused on the need to build stronger and more meaningful relationships with the First Nations on whose land we host our general meetings and conferences. One member explained how they research the history of the areas they travel to so that they arrive as informed visitors when they go to different places. The Federation board did the same thing earlier this week when we gathered in Richmond for our strategic planning meeting (I’ll share more about that meeting over the coming weeks).

All journeys start with a few small steps. Our October Reconciliation Conference started a dialogue, forged some new relationships, and plotted some new paths forward. Over the coming months, The Federation will continue building upon the momentum of these first steps. We may not report out on everything we do—some topics are sensitive and some things will take a long time—but we are committed to moving forward.

I will close by sharing that reconciliation was the focus of much discussion at the board’s strategic planning meeting this week. Living into reconciliation is a commitment this federation takes very seriously. My hope is that sharing some of the steps we are taking will inspire you to do so as well.

If you want to get involved or share ways that your organization is living into reconciliation please let me know. Only together can we make things better.

Reconciliation speakers

A number of members have inquired about recordings of the presentations from the October Conference. Many of the speakers, such as Chief Dr Robert Joseph and Monique Gray Smith, have a number of speeches and recordings available online.

If you are looking for ways to bring what you heard at the conference back to your agencies, I encourage you to check them out. A few links are included below.

Chief Robert Joseph video series by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue.

Chief Robert Joseph, “My Vision for Canada” from the Pathways to Reconciliation Conference (includes presentations by Wab Kinew and Cindy Blackstock).

Monique Gray Smith, “Resilience and the Power of One” at TEDx Langley.
Rick FitzZaland, FCSSBC Executive Director
Chief Ed John's Report 

This week, Special Advisor Chief Ed John submitted his report on B.C.'s aboriginal child welfare system. 

The report contains 85 recommendations—many of which dedicate resources directly to indigenous communities.

You can read a PDF version of the report in full here.

The government news release about the report can be found here
Save the date! Special topic webinar: Overdose responses

We have heard many members discussing the complexities associated with developing an agency response to overdoses. We understand there are many issues involved and sometimes conflicting policies. 

To support our members we are convening a member discussion webinar on:
Thursday, Nov 24 
from 10:00–11:00 am. 

If you would like to attend, please email for the webinar link.
Rick's Office Hours

This is a dedicated time for Federation members to talk about your ideas, flag requests, ask questions, or get updates on issues that affect your organization:

Friday, November 25 from 12:00–4:00 pm

Friday, December 16 from 12:00–4:00 pm

If you want or need to talk to me, just call 250-655-3949. I'm here to serve you—our members. 
We’ve worked to develop a specially designed insurance program to meet the needs of our members: we have a new agreement with Megson Fitzpatrick Insurance. They have committed to ongoing information sharing with The Fed and education opportunities for our members around information sharing and risk management.

Find out more about the insurance program!​
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