Bridging Economic Reconciliation Conference
for business leaders took place on June 17 in Saskatoon to over 300 attendees.
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Participants and filmmaker from the film in attendance on June 17th:
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Whitecap Dakota First Nations and the Saskatoon Tribal Council for hosting this event
About the Film
Produced on the heels of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report, Reconciliation on Bay St. is the first film on economic reconciliation in Canada. While the TRC’s Call to Action #92 invites Corporate Canada to adopt the principles of reconciliation; Indigenous leaders pave the way forward towards concrete solutions that can help fuel economic growth and benefit the entire country. Duration: 30:14 min.
Writer & Researcher: Maurice Switzer
Director & Producer: Andrée Cazabon
Cinematographer & Editor: Adam Gualtieri
Above see the ‘Film Premiere highlight’ video (4 min) of the Toronto premiere and a short clip from Senator Murray Sinclair on economic certainty.
The event was held on October 16th at the King Edward Hotel in the financial district with the film premiere of, Reconciliation on Bay St. (Productions Cazabon) followed by an Indigenous panel of experts: Carol Anne Hilton, Chief Duke Peltier, Jean Paul Gladu and David Sharpe. The panel was moderated by Max Fineday with closing words by Chief Cadmus Delorme. The writer of the film, Maurice Switzer was honoured with a special gift from a Dene Elder and nine Residential School Survivors were in attendance. Proceeds from the event went towards Scholarships at First Nations University of Canada.
Watch a short preview of the Professional Development resource: 4 Seasons of Reconciliation championed by Bridging Finance:
Bridging Economic Reconciliation - Economic Reconciliation Conference for business leaders - June 17, TCU Place, Saskatoon
Whitecap Dakota First Nation and the Saskatoon Tribal Council are taking the lead on a conference being held Monday, June 17, 2019 that will address acting on TRC Recommendation #92: a reconciliation framework on business and economic development for the corporate sector.
BRIDGING ECONOMIC RECONCILIATION will provide real world examples of successful partnerships between Saskatchewan businesses and institutions and the Indigenous community. The conference will provide a platform to network and form new synergies and partnership opportunities. It will feature a wide range of innovative ideas that can improve business and open untapped markets.
Chief Mark Arcand, Saskatoon Tribal Council, “Economic Reconciliation requires meaningful partnership and TRC Recommendation #92 is a business framework for economic prosperity with opportunities for indigenous peoples and a fully integrated business community. We are hosting Bridging Economic Reconciliation so we can share and learn from already existing success stories.”
Bringing Economic Reconciliation will feature an Indigenous Youth Entrepreneurs Trade show highlighting youth products from across Saskatchewan.
The conference will be held at TCU Place from 8am– 5pm, and will include speaker panels from industry, financial institutions, educational institutions, provincial ministers and municipalities as well as Indigenous communities. The Honourable Premier Scott Moe will speak and business leaders from across Saskatchewan will be involved.
Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, “Economic reconciliation can mean an improved quality of life for Indigenous people and an improved economy for Saskatchewan with all sectors having a role to play. Whitecap has seen the results of reconciliation as business, education, and infrastructure partnerships have greatly reduced community unemployment and allowed us to become a regional employer”
One additional conference highlight is the Saskatchewan launch of the film “Economic Reconciliation.” Produced on the heels of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report, Reconciliation on Bay St. is the first ever film on economic reconciliation in Canada. While the TRC’s Call to Action #92 invites Corporate Canada to adopt the principles of reconciliation; Indigenous leaders pave the way forward towards concrete solutions that can help fuel economic growth and benefit cities, provinces and indeed the entire country.
9:00am Grand Entry and Greeting
9:30am Indigenous Business – Economic Empowerment Tabatha Bull, CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
9:50am First Nations Community Economic Development- Panel Moderator – Tabatha Bull
Whitecap Dakota First Nation -Chief Darcy Bear
Lac La Ronge Indian Band – Chief Tammy Cook-Searson
Cowessess First Nation – Chief Cadmus Delorme
10:50am Saskatchewan premiere of the film ‘Economic Reconciliation"
11:30am Province and Municipalities -Innovative Policy to Support the Economy Moderator – David Sharpe, Bridging Financing
Mayor Charlie Clark
Honourable Minister Gordon Wyant (invited)
Honourable Minister Warren Kaeding
1:15pm Success at SIGA - Zane Hansen – President and CEO, SIGA
1:25pm Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #92 - Eugene Arcand, member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Indian Residential School Survivor Committee
1:35pm Financial Institutions Supporting the Economy – Panel Moderator- Paul Ledoux, Affinity Credit Union
Peace Hills Trust – David Boisvert
First Nations Bank – Keith Martell
BMO – Stephen Fay, Head Indigenous Banking North America
2:15pm Education Supplying Talent to the Economy – Panel Moderator - Kelly Lendsay, Indigenous Works
SIIT – Riel Bellegarde – President & CEO
Saskatchewan Polytechnic – Dr Larry Rosai, President and CEO
University of Saskatchewan - TBC
3:15pm Industry Foundational Relationships to the Economy - Panel Moderator – Tribal Chief Mark Arcand
Nutrien – Susan Jones – Nutrien, President and CEO Potash
JNE Welding – Jim Nowakowski
All North Engineering –(TBC)
4:00pm Celebration of Success (SIIT and U of S) 5-year celebration
SIIT President and CEO, Riel Bellegarde
U of S Edwards School of Business
Premier’s Address Premier Scott Moe
This conference is the Saskatchewan launch of the film “Economic Reconciliation” featuring an economically self-sustaining community with financially independent members. Produced on heels of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report, this is the first ever film on economic reconciliation in Canada.
BACKGROUND TRC Action #92:
READ FULL CALL TO ACTION: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=890 [TRC Report].
Reconciliation Education is produced by Productions Cazabon an award-winning film & media online publishing company in collaboration with the First Nations University of Canada.