Statement of Chief Executive Officer

September 29, 2023 | Read Time: 1 Min. | 2023, Community Concern

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation offers a significant opportunity to acknowledge that Canada’s development as a nation was not achieved without inflicting profound trauma upon the Indigenous peoples who inhabited this land long before European settlement. Indigenous communities across Canada have long served as dedicated stewards of this territory, known as ‘Turtle Island’ in their heritage, predating the arrival of newcomers to this land. Consequently, it is incumbent upon us, as newcomers, to embrace our shared responsibility with Indigenous communities in caring for this land. Recognizing our role as stewards and understanding the profound significance of ‘Turtle Island’ underscores our commitment to safeguarding this heritage for future generations.

A crucial step in this journey is the practice of land acknowledgment. CBFY has had the privilege of crafting a land acknowledgment, thoughtfully developed with guidance from an Indigenous elder here in Calgary. Implementing this acknowledgment in the content of our emails represents a meaningful initial step. Additionally, extending this acknowledgment to our programs signifies a modest yet impactful gesture that carries significant weight. As an organization, we have chosen to grant our staff a day off on this occasion. This decision underscores the imperative for our team members to dedicate time to contemplate the profound significance of this day and the pivotal role Indigenous peoples play in shaping our collective Canadian identity.

Furthermore, we actively encourage our staff to partake in a diverse array of celebrations hosted by Indigenous agencies throughout the City of Calgary. Such engagement fosters understanding, strengthens bonds, and amplifies our commitment to truth, reconciliation, and a more inclusive future for all Canadians.

Statement of Chief Executive Officer, Frank Cattoni