NATIONAL DAY
FOR TRUTH AND
RECONCILIATION

Here’s how we can support each other on The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation on September 30th is about commemorating the residential school experience forced upon Canada’s Indigenous people. Cashco shares a responsibility to raise awareness by honouring and amplifying Indigenous voices for the whole month of September. Follow us all month as we share our trusted resources and dedicate our space to Indigenous communities.

If you want to learn more, Click below to download our Truth & Reconciliation information package. If you wish to show support, visit a Cashco branch today to pick up a free orange pin 

National Resources 

Want to learn more? Here are some resources that we found to be meaningful and aid us in our awareness as a company.

Canada’s 94 calls to action 

Truth and Reconciliation with Chief Robert Joseph

The word Indigenous – explained l CBC Kids News

Phyllis’s Orange Shirt Story 

Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People: Yellowhorn, Eldon, Lowinger, Kathy: 9781554519439: Books – Amazon.ca

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Government of Canada – Indigenous Justice, Recognition and Reconciliation

If you or someone you know requires support please direct them to The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line. This Line provides 24hr support for former Residential School students and their families toll free at
1-800-721-0066

Indigenous Resources per Province

Blood Tribe Police Service

The Blood Tribe Police Commission consists of four community members and one council representative. During this reporting year there have been many overall changes with the assistance of the Chief of Police and the local government (Chief and Council). The Commission meets once a month with the Chief of Police and with the Federal and Provincial representatives.

Alis Alberta

If you’re an indigenous person, or you work with an indigenous person, these resources can help.

Alberta Health Services (Indigenous Health)

The Indigenous Health Program, now called Indigenous Wellness Core, partners with Indigenous peoples, communities and key stakeholders to provide accessible, culturally appropriate health services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Alberta.

Native Counselling Service of Alberta

NCSA has been providing programs and services designed and delivered for Indigenous people, by Indigenous people in Alberta for over 50 years.

Guide to Indigenous Organization and Services

The Guide supports the relationship between the Province and Indigenous people and their communities. It provides other community service organizations, government ministries and agencies, and non-Indigenous citizens an insight into the scope of Indigenous services and organizations offered in British Columbia.

BC’s Career Guid for Indigenous People

This guide is meant to support your career planning journey, all the way from exploration to success on the job. The Guide offers information on career exploration, skills training, education and funding support, and how to connect to employers.

Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society

Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society is a not-for-profit healthcare and social services provider that strives to improve and promote the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of people in Greater Vancouver, with a focus on the urban Indigenous population.

Helping Spirit Lodge Society

a not for profit organization founded as a result of the community discussions and decisions made during community forums through 1990. The United Native Nations originally sponsored the first project and opened office for the society on February 1, 1990. The organization is dedicated to provide wrap-around services to Women and Children fleeing violence.

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association

We foster the health and well-being of urban Indigenous people in the Fraser Salish Region by providing culturally-relevant services, support, and advocacy.

Indigenous Organization in Manitoba

The directory of Indigenous organizations is designed as a useful reference and resource book to help people locate appropriate organizations and services.

Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre

MICEC is a provincial, not-for-profit, charitable and educational organization that works to promote awareness and understanding of Indigenous culture for all Manitobans.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba.

Southern Chiefs; Organization Inc.

Southern Chiefs’ Organization, representing 34 southern First Nation communities in Manitoba, was established March 1999.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc.

Incorporated in 1981 as the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), MKO is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that provides a collective voice on issues of inherent, Treaty, Aboriginal and human rights for the citizens of the sovereign First Nations we represent.

New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council

The New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council (NBAPC), once called the New Brunswick Association of Metis and Non-Status Indians, is the voice for approximately 28,260 Status and Non-Status Aboriginal People who reside in the Province of New Brunswick.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 94 Calls to Action in its final report in 2015. Thirty-one of those Calls fall under the jurisdiction of the provincial government with some overlap with other government organizations – federal, municipal, territorial and Indigenous.

Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick

The Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick was formed in 2017 to help coordinate and provide technical support and advice to the Wolastoqey Communities in New Brunswick: Matawaskiye, Neqotkuk, Pilick, Sitansisk, Welamukotuk, and Wotstak.

Nunatukavut

The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) is the representative governing body for approximately 6,000 Inuit of south and central Labrador. NunatuKavut means “Our Ancient Land” and refers to our territory.

First Light Friendship Centre 

First Light is a registered non-profit organization that serves the urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous community alike by providing programs and services rooted in the revitalization, strengthening and celebration of Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship.

The Innu Nation

The Innu Nation is the organization that formally represents the Innu of Labrador, approximately 3200 people, most of whom live in the two Innu communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish.

Office of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation

The Office of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation focuses on a principle-based relationship with Indigenous people, characterized by mutual respect, which is the foundation for sound Government policies and programs, vibrant and prosperous Indigenous communities.

Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq

The Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq (UNSM) is a tribal organization that has been established for 50 years. It held its first meeting on July 11, 1969, and ratified its constitution on September 13, 1969, during its first annual general assembly. It was formally incorporated under the Nova Scotia’s Societies’ Act on July 3, 1970.

Native Council of Nova Scotia

The Native Council of Nova Scotia is the self-governing authority for the large community of Mi’kmaq/Aboriginal peoples residing off-reserve in Nova Scotia throughout traditional Mi’kmaq territory. Our goal is to operate and administer a strong and effective Aboriginal Peoples Representative Organization that serves, advocates and represents our community.

Nova Scotia Canadian Mental Health Association 

Many factors have an impact on an individual’s health. Determinants of Health such as income and social status, employment and working conditions, education and literacy, childhood experiences, physical environments, social supports and coping skills, healthy behaviours, access to health services, biology and genetic endowment, gender, and culture determine individual and community health. To prevent suicide and improve Indigenous mental health we have found many resources listed below.

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

Since 1962 the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto has been a key meeting place for all people, of all nations, from across Canada and all over the world. As Toronto’s oldest Indigenous community organization and one of the original Friendship Centres in Canada, the NCCT provides social, recreational, cultural and spiritual services for the Indigenous community and visitors alike.

Ontario Indigenous Organizations

List of indigenous resources, created by the University of Toronto

Resources for Indigenous caregivers

Indigenous caregivers have unique needs that are not always met by the health care system as a whole, or which are impacted by health disparities related to the legacy of intergenerational trauma and centuries of colonization.

Native Council of PEI

The Native Council of PEI began as PEI Local #17 of the New Brunswick and PEI Association of Métis and non-status Indians. This took place on September 8, 1973. At this founding conference, PEI Local #17 elected Peggy Rydzewski as second Vice-president and Marcia MacLeod as board representative.

Understanding Indigenous Matters

The Province of Prince Edward Island (the Province) is committed to advancing reconciliation with the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island (Mi’kmaq of PEI), in a manner consistent with Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Indigenous Organizations

List of Organizations created by the University of Prince Edward Island

First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec

on behalf of 27 First Nations communities, is responsible for administering the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program and the Urban ISET Program, which supports First Nations, Métis and Inuit people living in urban areas across Quebec. Through its 31 Employment and Training Service Centres (ETSCs), located in 27 First Nations communities and 4 cities (Montreal, Quebec City, Val-d’Or and Sept-Îles), the FNHRDCQ helps clients enter the labour market by offering various employment and training measures.

Community resources for aboriginal/First Nations people

Health resources for indigenous communities, listed by the McGill University Hospital

Native Friendship Centre of Montreal 

The Native Friendship Centre of Montreal (NFCM) is a non-profit, non-sectarian, autonomous community development agency whose principal mission is to promote, develop, and enhance the quality of life in the Urban Indigenous community of Montreal.

Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK

The Montreal Indigenous community NETWORK supports the ecosystem of individuals and groups committed to improving the quality of life of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities living in the greater Montreal area.

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

has been raising awareness of the benefits of cultural diversity and the dangers of racism since November 22, 1975. MCoS currently offers 3 types of membership.

First Nations and Métis Health Services

Health resources for Indigenous community within Saskatchewan

Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan 

Friendship Centres have been active in Saskatchewan since 1963 and since then the movement has grown within Saskatchewan to encompass 10 Friendship Centres who are part of the 125-member National Association of Friendship Centres.

Northwest Territory Méti Nation

The Government of Canada, the Northwest Territory Métis Nation and the Government of the Northwest Territories have signed a framework agreement that will further advance reconciliation, the right to self-determination, work toward building strong Indigenous nations, and the Northwest Territory Métis Nation (NWTMN) land claim negotiations.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

formerly the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, was founded at a meeting in Toronto in February 1971 by seven Inuit community leaders. The impetus to form a national Inuit organization evolved from shared concern among Inuit leaders about the status of land and resource ownership in Inuit Nunangat. Industrial encroachment into Inuit Nunangat from projects such as the then proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline in the Northwest Territories and the James Bay Project in Northern Québec, spurred community leaders to action.

 Official Languages in the Northwest Territories

The commissioner of the Northwest Territories, on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly, appoints a Language Commissioner to exercise the powers and perform the duties set out in the NWT Official Languages Act, and holds office for terms of up to four years.

Council of Yukon First Nation

We are a non-profit society working for the First Nations of the Yukon. We have been in existence since 1973 and continue to serve the needs of First Nations within the Yukon and the MacKenzie Delta.

Yukon Government page 

There are 14 Yukon First Nations and 8 language groups. There are also Northwest Territories and British Columbia Aboriginal groups that have traditional territory in Yukon. Approximately 25 per cent of Yukon’s population are Indigenous Peoples.

Yukon First Nation Education Directorate

Steered by the Chiefs Committee on Education (CCOE), the Yukon First Nation Education Directorate was launched in the summer of 2020 in response to the long overdue need for unified control over First Nation education in the territory.

Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council

The Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council (YAWC) is a non-profit society located in Whitehorse, Yukon, that supports leadership and advancement for and by Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people in the Yukon Territory and Northern British Columbia.

Pirurvik

Pirurvik is an Inuit-owned centre of learning based in Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit. We are dedicated to Inuit wellbeing through investing in our language and culture.

Kakivak

Kakivak Association is a community and economic development organization serving Inuit, by providing business, employment and training services to enhance the strengths of communities in the Baffin region.

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) ensures that promises made under the Nunavut Agreement are carried out. Inuit exchanged Aboriginal title to all their traditional land in the Nunavut Settlement Area for the rights and benefits set out in the Nunavut Agreement.

Alberta

Blood Tribe Police Service

The Blood Tribe Police Commission consists of four community members and one council representative. During this reporting year there have been many overall changes with the assistance of the Chief of Police and the local government (Chief and Council). The Commission meets once a month with the Chief of Police and with the Federal and Provincial representatives.

Alis Alberta

If you’re an indigenous person, or you work with an indigenous person, these resources can help.

Alberta Health Services (Indigenous Health)

The Indigenous Health Program, now called Indigenous Wellness Core, partners with Indigenous peoples, communities and key stakeholders to provide accessible, culturally appropriate health services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Alberta.

Native Counselling Service of Alberta

NCSA has been providing programs and services designed and delivered for Indigenous people, by Indigenous people in Alberta for over 50 years.

British Columbia

Guide to Indigenous Organization and Services

The Guide supports the relationship between the Province and Indigenous people and their communities. It provides other community service organizations, government ministries and agencies, and non-Indigenous citizens an insight into the scope of Indigenous services and organizations offered in British Columbia.

BC’s Career Guid for Indigenous People

This guide is meant to support your career planning journey, all the way from exploration to success on the job. The Guide offers information on career exploration, skills training, education and funding support, and how to connect to employers.

Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society

Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society is a not-for-profit healthcare and social services provider that strives to improve and promote the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of people in Greater Vancouver, with a focus on the urban Indigenous population.

Helping Spirit Lodge Society

a not for profit organization founded as a result of the community discussions and decisions made during community forums through 1990. The United Native Nations originally sponsored the first project and opened office for the society on February 1, 1990. The organization is dedicated to provide wrap-around services to Women and Children fleeing violence.

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association

We foster the health and well-being of urban Indigenous people in the Fraser Salish Region by providing culturally-relevant services, support, and advocacy.

Manitoba

Indigenous Organization in Manitoba

The directory of Indigenous organizations is designed as a useful reference and resource book to help people locate appropriate organizations and services.

Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre

MICEC is a provincial, not-for-profit, charitable and educational organization that works to promote awareness and understanding of Indigenous culture for all Manitobans.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba.

Southern Chiefs; Organization Inc.

Southern Chiefs’ Organization, representing 34 southern First Nation communities in Manitoba, was established March 1999.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc.

Incorporated in 1981 as the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), MKO is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that provides a collective voice on issues of inherent, Treaty, Aboriginal and human rights for the citizens of the sovereign First Nations we represent.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council

The New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council (NBAPC), once called the New Brunswick Association of Metis and Non-Status Indians, is the voice for approximately 28,260 Status and Non-Status Aboriginal People who reside in the Province of New Brunswick.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 94 Calls to Action in its final report in 2015. Thirty-one of those Calls fall under the jurisdiction of the provincial government with some overlap with other government organizations – federal, municipal, territorial and Indigenous.

Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick

The Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick was formed in 2017 to help coordinate and provide technical support and advice to the Wolastoqey Communities in New Brunswick: Matawaskiye, Neqotkuk, Pilick, Sitansisk, Welamukotuk, and Wotstak.

Newfoundland & Labrador

Nunatukavut

The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) is the representative governing body for approximately 6,000 Inuit of south and central Labrador. NunatuKavut means “Our Ancient Land” and refers to our territory.

First Light Friendship Centre 

First Light is a registered non-profit organization that serves the urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous community alike by providing programs and services rooted in the revitalization, strengthening and celebration of Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship.

The Innu Nation

The Innu Nation is the organization that formally represents the Innu of Labrador, approximately 3200 people, most of whom live in the two Innu communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish.

Office of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation

The Office of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation focuses on a principle-based relationship with Indigenous people, characterized by mutual respect, which is the foundation for sound Government policies and programs, vibrant and prosperous Indigenous communities.

Nova Scotia

Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq

The Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq (UNSM) is a tribal organization that has been established for 50 years. It held its first meeting on July 11, 1969, and ratified its constitution on September 13, 1969, during its first annual general assembly. It was formally incorporated under the Nova Scotia’s Societies’ Act on July 3, 1970.

Native Council of Nova Scotia

The Native Council of Nova Scotia is the self-governing authority for the large community of Mi’kmaq/Aboriginal peoples residing off-reserve in Nova Scotia throughout traditional Mi’kmaq territory. Our goal is to operate and administer a strong and effective Aboriginal Peoples Representative Organization that serves, advocates and represents our community.

Nova Scotia Canadian Mental Health Association 

Many factors have an impact on an individual’s health. Determinants of Health such as income and social status, employment and working conditions, education and literacy, childhood experiences, physical environments, social supports and coping skills, healthy behaviours, access to health services, biology and genetic endowment, gender, and culture determine individual and community health. To prevent suicide and improve Indigenous mental health we have found many resources listed below.

Ontario

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

Since 1962 the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto has been a key meeting place for all people, of all nations, from across Canada and all over the world. As Toronto’s oldest Indigenous community organization and one of the original Friendship Centres in Canada, the NCCT provides social, recreational, cultural and spiritual services for the Indigenous community and visitors alike.

Ontario Indigenous Organizations

List of indigenous resources, created by the University of Toronto

Resources for Indigenous caregivers

Indigenous caregivers have unique needs that are not always met by the health care system as a whole, or which are impacted by health disparities related to the legacy of intergenerational trauma and centuries of colonization.

Prince Edward Island

Native Council of PEI

The Native Council of PEI began as PEI Local #17 of the New Brunswick and PEI Association of Métis and non-status Indians. This took place on September 8, 1973. At this founding conference, PEI Local #17 elected Peggy Rydzewski as second Vice-president and Marcia MacLeod as board representative.

Understanding Indigenous Matters

The Province of Prince Edward Island (the Province) is committed to advancing reconciliation with the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island (Mi’kmaq of PEI), in a manner consistent with Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Indigenous Organizations

List of Organizations created by the University of Prince Edward Island

Quebec

First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec

on behalf of 27 First Nations communities, is responsible for administering the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program and the Urban ISET Program, which supports First Nations, Métis and Inuit people living in urban areas across Quebec. Through its 31 Employment and Training Service Centres (ETSCs), located in 27 First Nations communities and 4 cities (Montreal, Quebec City, Val-d’Or and Sept-Îles), the FNHRDCQ helps clients enter the labour market by offering various employment and training measures.

Community resources for aboriginal/First Nations people

Health resources for indigenous communities, listed by the McGill University Hospital

Native Friendship Centre of Montreal 

The Native Friendship Centre of Montreal (NFCM) is a non-profit, non-sectarian, autonomous community development agency whose principal mission is to promote, develop, and enhance the quality of life in the Urban Indigenous community of Montreal.

Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK

The Montreal Indigenous community NETWORK supports the ecosystem of individuals and groups committed to improving the quality of life of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities living in the greater Montreal area.

Saskatchewan

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

has been raising awareness of the benefits of cultural diversity and the dangers of racism since November 22, 1975. MCoS currently offers 3 types of membership.

First Nations and Métis Health Services

Health resources for Indigenous community within Saskatchewan

Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan 

Friendship Centres have been active in Saskatchewan since 1963 and since then the movement has grown within Saskatchewan to encompass 10 Friendship Centres who are part of the 125-member National Association of Friendship Centres.

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territory Méti Nation

The Government of Canada, the Northwest Territory Métis Nation and the Government of the Northwest Territories have signed a framework agreement that will further advance reconciliation, the right to self-determination, work toward building strong Indigenous nations, and the Northwest Territory Métis Nation (NWTMN) land claim negotiations.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

formerly the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, was founded at a meeting in Toronto in February 1971 by seven Inuit community leaders. The impetus to form a national Inuit organization evolved from shared concern among Inuit leaders about the status of land and resource ownership in Inuit Nunangat. Industrial encroachment into Inuit Nunangat from projects such as the then proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline in the Northwest Territories and the James Bay Project in Northern Québec, spurred community leaders to action.

 Official Languages in the Northwest Territories

The commissioner of the Northwest Territories, on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly, appoints a Language Commissioner to exercise the powers and perform the duties set out in the NWT Official Languages Act, and holds office for terms of up to four years.

Yukon

Council of Yukon First Nation

We are a non-profit society working for the First Nations of the Yukon. We have been in existence since 1973 and continue to serve the needs of First Nations within the Yukon and the MacKenzie Delta.

Yukon Government page 

There are 14 Yukon First Nations and 8 language groups. There are also Northwest Territories and British Columbia Aboriginal groups that have traditional territory in Yukon. Approximately 25 per cent of Yukon’s population are Indigenous Peoples.

Yukon First Nation Education Directorate

Steered by the Chiefs Committee on Education (CCOE), the Yukon First Nation Education Directorate was launched in the summer of 2020 in response to the long overdue need for unified control over First Nation education in the territory.

Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council

The Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council (YAWC) is a non-profit society located in Whitehorse, Yukon, that supports leadership and advancement for and by Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people in the Yukon Territory and Northern British Columbia.

Nunavut

Pirurvik

Pirurvik is an Inuit-owned centre of learning based in Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit. We are dedicated to Inuit wellbeing through investing in our language and culture.

Kakivak

Kakivak Association is a community and economic development organization serving Inuit, by providing business, employment and training services to enhance the strengths of communities in the Baffin region.

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) ensures that promises made under the Nunavut Agreement are carried out. Inuit exchanged Aboriginal title to all their traditional land in the Nunavut Settlement Area for the rights and benefits set out in the Nunavut Agreement.

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