This brochure is a project initiated by a group of students attending Red River College Polytech’s Social Innovation and Community Development program, in partnership with the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) and reviewed by Elder Paul Guimond. This project aims to provide information to newcomers to Canada on the true history of Indigenous-Settler relations; in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action number 93.
Reconciliation is the work of non-Indigenous people, including newcomers to Canada. With a significant part of the country’s population born abroad, new Canadians can play an essential role in Reconciliation. We know that starting this journey is a personal choice, and it may feel overwhelming for an individual, especially someone new to the country; therefore, this educational guide has the objective to serve as a first step in providing Reconciliation information for newcomers. We hope to encourage the readers to learn about Canadian history and inspire actions to strengthen their relationship with Indigenous Peoples. If many individuals decide to take responsibility and implement small changes in their lives, Canada will move forward as a nation with less racism and discrimination.