National Indigenous People’s Day 2022: Committed to the Truth and Reconciliation
June 20, 2022
June 21, 2022 is National Indigenous Peoples Day—a day to celebrate Indigenous peoples and honour our collective journey of truth and reconciliation.
CESO remains committed to the truth and reconciliation journey. We are guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)’s Calls to Action, and the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)’s Calls for Justice, as we work in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous businesses, governments and organizations.
Building capacity contributes to self determination and increased economic and social prosperity, and it also fosters learning both for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The frameworks above guide us as we ensure that our capacity-building efforts for inclusive economic growth prioritize the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls at all stages of project planning, implementation, management and monitoring.
Last year, during 150 projects, CESO Advisors worked in partnership with Indigenous governments, organizations and businesses to strengthen institutional practices to provide more services and help communities thrive. Small businesses and entrepreneurs navigated the pandemic and experienced growth by strengthening their skills in areas such as project planning and business development. There is so much more we can do together as we step forward on the path to reconciliation.
Take Action this National Indigenous Peoples Day:
- Meet Nevada, the owner of Collective Wellness Powwow in Alberta who is bridging the gap in health equity in Indigenous communities with CESO’s support
- Consider booking an Indigenous tourism experience this summer
- Use this interactive map to find activities happening in your community
- Read the TRC’s Final Report and take action within your community or organization
- Learn about the opportunity to volunteer as a CESO Advisor, supporting Indigenous solutions for economic growth
- Donate to CESO to support initiatives that provide opportunities for Indigenous business owners