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Is reconciliation possible?
This is a very complex question and I admit, I do not have an answer.
From my perspective, the vast majority of Canadians understand very little about Canada's dark history when it comes to its Indigenous peoples. They understand very little about the Canadian institutions (RCMP, churches), legislation (Indian Act) and systems (court, corrections) used for 150+ years, specifically to:
These tools were used only so Canada could access natural resources. one of the results was genocide.
Is your business interested in a true, honest and practical perspective? Having open, honest and direct dialogue around these questions is possible and quite likely, rewarding. My approach to presenting Canadian facts may not be the right fit for your organization. This being said, I have found the most rewarding experiences are from those situations where conflict was evident. I understand the importance of balancing Canada's harsh reality with experience and practicality that help build bridges and hope.
If your organization is courageous enough to explore topics such as: systemic racism in Canada; Canada's continued enabling of 'white privilege'; and the land question, please contact Maynard.
A member of the Tla'amin Nation, Maynard was bestowed with the traditional Tla'amin name 'Qwastånayå on May 10, 2003 by Tla'amin’s Elders immediately before signing of historic Sliammon First Nation - Corporation District of Powell River 'Community Accord'. Qwastånayå served as his community's Chief Councillor for only two years but in that time led his community in a movement that resulted in the signing of a historic ‘Community Accord’'. This intergovernmental working relationship between the two lives today, having been reaffirmed in a formal ceremony June 2018.
The principles contained in the Community Accord are simple and based on respect, acknowledgment and open transparent communication. These principles are easily transferable to the business world. All developed Indigenous / Aboriginal Relations / Stakeholder Relations Departments should start in the same place; simple, positive and respectful communication. Significant obstacles to positive intergovernmental relationships include human nature and politics. Maynard understands what First Nation leaders look for when pursuing business partnerships. His in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Aboriginal peoples, their traditional land and resource practices and archaeological footprint comes from years of working closely with traditional land and resource use experts, Elders and other leaders.
Maynard is a Partner with the Advanced Business Match (ABM) and understands what First Nation leaders look for when pursuing business partnerships. His in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Aboriginal peoples, their traditional land and resource practices and archaeological footprint comes from years of working closely with traditional land and resource use experts, Elders and other leaders.
Qwastånayå brings 25+ years of accumulated knowledge and practical experience in the following areas:
Maynard is a guest lecturer at Sauder School of Business and Ch'nook Indigenous Business Education.