E-newsletter (Best of 2023)

Thank you for another year of much-needed progress, collaboration and conversation around the most pressing issues facing the communities where we live. We continue to be inspired by your work and we look forward to continue supporting you in the new year. With 2024 right around the corner, we’d like to take this time to reflect on your top story picks from this year.

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E-newsletter (Summer 2023)

Here’s our Summer Briefing Notes edition, prepared by our summer student, Isabelle Han — with stories about affordable housing, maximum temperature allowances, car-free streets, youth climate litigation and more!

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Indigenous Issues and Reconciliation Resources

Prepared by Isabella Johnson

This blog post deals with topics which may cause trauma to readers due to its troubling subject matter. Anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience can access the 24-hour, toll-free and confidential National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419. Mental health support for Indigenous peoples across Canada is available at the toll-free Help Line1-855-242-3310 or using the chatbox at hopeforwellness.ca

With the ongoing discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves across Canada, we have prepared the below resources to help local electeds further the 94 Calls to Action presented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2018.

Resources on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

Resources on Residential Schools

Resources on MMIWG

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Resources on UNDRIP / DRIPA

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

City of Vancouver’s UNDRIP Strategy

City of Vancouver’s UNDRIP Action Plan

Resources on In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight – Independent Review of Indigenous Specific Racism in B.C. Health Care (November 2020)

Resources on Child Welfare Agreement

Federal government, AFN reach $20B final settlement on First Nations child welfare agreement

Statements from Indigenous Communities:

Resources on Grave Detection:

Resources from Indigenous Voices:

And further articles on the findings and the steps required to act on the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action:

Please share articles and updates for us to post here at info@columbiainstitute.eco