Truth and Reconciliation
The Truth and Reconciliation Committee exists to promote initiatives in all types of libraries to advance reconciliation by supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and to promote collaboration in these issues across the Canadian library communities.
The particular responsibilities of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee include:
- Engaging with existing committees and/or working groups within CFLA-FCAB members to highlight best practices in this area already in place across Canada, help to disseminate those best practices, and foster greater co-operation at the federal level.
- Engaging with the working group that is in the process of forming the National Aboriginal Library Association (NALA), with the intention of supporting the successful formation of NALA and engaging them in a leadership role on Indigenous issues at CFLA-FCAB.
- Review existing guidelines and best practices regarding Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) peoples of Canada as pertains to library services.
- Recommend a long-term structure and direction to the CFLA-FCAB Board to pursue and to address Indigenous issues related to libraries, including the formation of a permanent committee and programs, following the inaugural CFLA-FCAB AGM in February 2017.
In order to fulfill its responsibilities, the Committee will deliver the following with the support of the Senior Project Executive and others as required:
- The creation and maintenance of a section of the CFLA-FCAB website dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices identified by libraries and associations to promote education regarding Indigenous issues, to support reconciliation, and to meet the needs of Indigenous communities.
- A report to be delivered to the Board in January 2017 recommending further actions that the CFLA-FCAB should consider to support Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) peoples of Canada over the long term.