INDIGENOUS
RECONCILIATION

Both within our organization and in our work with members, CHF BC is committed to Indigenous truth, reconciliation and decolonization. This work will necessarily be built on a commitment to learning and action based on justice, respect, and equality.

Truth is about our past and our present; reconciliation is the story of our future.

 

 

Our Journey | Territorial Acknowledgement | Our Commitment | A Step On Our Journey Towards Reconciliation | Showing our Support | Resources
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Our Journey

At CHF BC, we are engaging on a journey that begins with being open to unlearning.  It means challenging out belief and narratives, and inviting more accountability in our work.

As we’ve engaged with our members, many of whom have either been impacted by the colonial practices embedded in their housing co-ops’ culture, or those who have observed it, we recognize that we have a long way to go.  We are committed to honouring the lived experiences of our members and lead by example and support housing co-op boards to create more inclusive communities.


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Territorial Acknowledgement

We at the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) acknowledge and pay our respect to the Indigenous keepers of the traditional and unceded lands upon which our office and many housing co-operatives are situated: the  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sʔəl̀ilwətaʔɬ, (Tsleil-Waututh), WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), and lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen)-speaking Peoples.

We acknowledge the impact of colonialism and that our presence here today was paved through a system of discriminatory and racist practices. We are committed to honoring, listening, and continuously learning from the diverse perspectives of these and other Indigenous Peoples.

— CHF BC’s Territorial Acknowledgement

What is a Territory Acknowledgement?

Territory acknowledgement is a way that people insert an awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights in everyday life. This is often done at the beginning of ceremonies, lectures, or any public event. It can be a subtle way to recognize the history of colonialism and a need for change in settler colonial societies.

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Our Commitment

CHF BC is dedicated to the principles of anti-racism and an end to racial discrimination. While some progress has been made, Indigenous peoples in Canada still face racism and discrimination every day.

Lasting change requires an ongoing commitment to learning and action based on justice, respect, and equality. We encourage everybody to use this month as an opportunity to renew our collective commitment to these important principles.

CHF BC is dedicated to the principles of anti-racism and an end to racial discrimination. While some progress has been made, Indigenous peoples in Canada still face racism and discrimination every day.

We are taking action on this work through our strategic priority of ‘belonging.’ To this end, we are committed to listening, learning, and changing.

We are also committed to amplifying the voices of our members, friends, and partners so that inclusivity becomes the norm in our world. We aim to inspire housing co-ops to be communities that promote and embody equitable access, opportunity, respect, and a sense of belonging for everyone.


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A Step On Our Journey Towards Reconciliation

“How can you be a community that reinforces values of respect and belonging if you make people feel excluded with something as simple and ordinary as the title of a publication?” – Thom Armstrong

When CHF BC’s flagship publication, SCOOP, was first published, the goal was to share news, events and stories that would bring individual co-ops scattered throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island into a province-wide co-op community—stronger, together.

The name was seen as a clever play on words, conveying both the thrill of a journalistic scoop of important information and, with the “s” removed, the word “co-op.” It’s easy to imagine the creators landing on the name with a sense of pride in its feeling of excitement, forward momentum and even humour.

But the name conveys another meaning; one that wasn’t realized until it was pointed out to us here at CHF BC just recently.

This story is about how we are acknowledging our oversight, the privilege inherent in that blindness, and the work we are doing to set things right.

 


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Showing our Support

In January 2022, our partners at the Aboriginal Housing Management Association unveiled the first-ever BC Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy.

The Report (PDF) outlines a 10-Year ‘Urban, Rural, and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy’ (Housing Strategy) to address the housing needs of off-reserve Indigenous people in BC. It is informed by a thorough  review of historical and existing housing programs, statistical data, and demographic trends.

The  Strategy includes a Vision Statement, four key Objectives, nine Principles, and thirteen Strategic Actions. It also includes an Implementation Plan that identifies the funding, resources, and activities required to implement the Strategic Actions.

CHF BC has officially endorsed the strategy and is actively advocating for it’s implementation.

National Strategy

We also support the development of a—By Indigenous, For Indigenous—national Urban Indigenous Housing Strategy. At our 2021 Semi-Annual General Meeting in May, delegates passed a resolution (pdf) in support of this.   Our friends at the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association (CHRA) and the CHRA Indigenous Caucus continue to work towards this goal.

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Resources

For many people. learning about reconciliation and decolonization can be a difficult and personal process. It can often be difficult to no where to start. While we are all in different places in our journeys a good place to start—or check in with yourself—is by reading, watching, and learning. There have been several resources produced in recent years on this topic. Here are some to get you started.

Truth and Reconciliation

Territorial Acknowledgements

CHF Canada Resources

Books

Videos

Podcasts

Online Courses

Support

Other Resources

Organizations