Each Bright New Day Reconciliation Circle is a highly interactive, friendly experience in cooperation and collaboration. Four thematic strands are woven together throughout the program and interwoven with these strands is the knowledge that the land has always sustained the people and the people, in return, have sustained the land.
ALL COME IN,
ALL SIT DOWN
1Each of our reconciliation circles begins with ceremonies to create a sacred space. We invite all Canadians into a safe space where they can explore ways to belong in this time and place together.
2Participants prepare for the Bright New Day Reconciliation Circles by looking back at the story of Canada. This will be a time when each delegate can search for a better understanding of the history that produced our present. In the reconciliation circle itself, we’ll think of the laws, traditions, and customs of the First Peoples as the posts of a house where we can all sit down to tell our stories. If we bring a deep sense of humility and listen very carefully, we can faintly discern, like a school of fingerlings glimmering just beneath the surface, who we have been and who we are now.
IMAGINING A FUTURE TOGETHER
3Telling all our stories and listening intently to one another’s stories enables us to enter the sanctuary of our common humanity. It is only when we understand one another’s stories – who we have been and who we are now – that we can begin to imagine who we can be. Imagining is a critical part of seeing our way forward and the world our youth will live in tomorrow is limited only by what we are unable to imagine today.
TAKING ACTION ON RECONCILIATION
4Reconciliation is an ongoing relationship, not
a destination. It is an action word that describes an atmosphere in which people create relationships that lead to equal life chances. This means different things to different people and what’s most important is discovering what reconciliation can mean to you.
“Let’s find a way to belong to this time and place together. Our future, and the well-being of all our children, rests with the kind of relationships we build today. ~ Chief Dr. Robert Joseph