Step into the River: A Framework for Economic Reconciliation

Step into the River: A Framework for Economic Reconciliation

Written by  Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe, Squamish Nation) and Lily Raphael

Drawing on Indigenous worldviews about wealth and sustainability, along with the wisdom and lived experiences of Indigenous thought leaders and practitioners in the economic sector in BC, Step into the River: A Framework for Economic Reconcilation explores ways in which economic reconciliation can be a catalyst for transforming our economic system.

The extent to which economic reconciliation can be transformative depends on whether we ourselves are willing to transform. For our economy to shift, we need to rethink what we value, how we relate to one another and how we make decisions. This Framework offers a set of values, fundamental practices and ideas for action to create an impact and embrace transformation. We invite you to step into the river and be a part of this journey.

Watch the CED Public Lecture and launch of Step into the River here.  

To accredit this work: 

Step into the River: A Framework for Economic Reconciliation. Co-authored by Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe, Squamish Nation) and Lily Raphael
SFU Community Economic Development. Published June 2022

Join us — The Faculty of Environment invites you to the first talk in the 2022–23 Dean's Lecture Series

Step into the River - A Framework for Economic Reconciliation

Thursday, September 27th, 2022 from 7PM - 9PM (PDT)

Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe), a Hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation and Transformative Storyteller for Economic Reconciliation at SFU CED, and Lily Raphael, Systems Transformation Tender will share a path for economic reconciliation based on the Framework they co-authored and released earlier this summer.

We see economic reconciliation as a commitment to being in the river. It requires shifting our mindsets, deepening relationships and embedding values of transformation into our systems.
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Acknowledgments

Our deep gratitude goes out to all the participants in our convenings, for your contributions to our process and for your dedication and commitment to the development of this Framework.

Thank you to SFU Faculty of Environment for your institutional administrative support. We’d especially like to thank the FENV’s communications team, Laurie Wood and Julia McDonald for your patience and design expertise. Thank you also to the SFU CED team Leigh McGregor, Ryan Watmough and Sean Markey. 

Thank you to Nahanee Creative for the beautiful graphic design, infographics and Squamish artwork.

Thank you Jeremy Stone for all you’ve done to make this happen, from co-conceiving the idea to applying for funding, to ensuring there was ongoing support for this project and contributing to the document.

Thank you to our funders. SFU has chosen the Economic Reconciliation Program as a Strategic Initiatives Priority Project (SIPP) for the University. This selection is accompanied by a generous two-year, $200,000 award for hiring Indigenous staff and engaging in direct community work for reconciliation.

Additional support for this work has come from Vancity Credit Union and Makeway Foundation.

Connect with us

We’re open to ongoing dialogue, curiosity and collaboration around economic reconciliation and transforming our economic system. Contact Chief Leanne at sxwpilemaat_siyam@sfu.ca.