On March 16th, 2018, Indigenous Peoples and settlers from diverse sectors gathered on the Unceded, Traditional Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations for a unique event focused on achieving Reconciliation from a public policy perspective. SFU’s Reconciliation Policy Forum “Reconciliation in BC: When are we going to get to the hard stuff!?” sought to challenge the current discourse through facilitated and thoughtful dialogue and to identify the policy shifts needed to increase the pace, range, and scope of initiatives that support Reconciliation in British Columbia.
This narrative report aims to summarize the events of the day as well as the key themes and recommendations emerging from the panel discussions and dialogues. With some luck, we hope to capture some of the spirit of Reconciliation in the room, along with the goodwill and respect fostered by an intergenerational gathering of people working toward education and Reconciliation in BC.