Through Reconciliation Canada, a series of Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops were conducted across the country. As stated on the website, the aim of the workshop is to “create a safe place to engage Canadians in dialogue that revitalizes relationships, increases understanding of our shared history, and explores the meaning of reconciliation.”
Goals of the dialogue circles (as outlined by the website):
- To increase understanding of our shared histories, starting with the history and impacts of Indian Residential Schools.
- To build resilient, mutually beneficial relationships within and among diverse communities.
- To explore shared pathways to reconciliation.
- To develop specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) reconciliation action plans.
The workshops are described as transformative and as an opportunity to have dialogue about various topics concerning reconciliation with participants from all different backgrounds. Workshop participants can include Indian Residential School Survivors, policy-makers, community leaders, multi-cultural and faith groups, and other interested community members. It is intended to build a “solid foundation for building meaningful relationships” and is an important piece in building alliances across Canada.