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Our Kids Network Indigenous Reconciliation

Our Kids Network is working on an Indigenous Reconciliation Plan that will reflect and honour the recommendations of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report at the local level in Halton. It will provide a transformational approach to introducing and embedding Indigenous world views, values and knowledge within Halton agencies and organizations.

OKN Indigenous Lead, Angela Bellegarde, explains the cultural significance of bannock, a type of fry bread, which originates from Scotland but was eventually adopted by the Indigenous peoples of Canada, particularly the Métis of western Canada. While discussing Indigenous culture, she shares her family bannock recipes and stories. The video was produced by Town of Oakville Recreation staff.

Reflecting and Honouring the Recommendations on the Local Level

As a Halton-wide network OKN is greatly beneficial in meeting the goals of reflecting the recommendations and honouring the calls to action across agencies and organizations. OKN will help to introduce and create partnerships relevant and meaningful to the Indigenous Reconciliation Plan, and can provide access to research that will inform it. Read the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and the Ten Principles of Reconciliation. Ten Principles  Full Report.

The Plan will be Created by the Community

Through community consultation, the Indigenous Reconciliation Plan will be developed by local Indigenous leaders, knowledge keepers, youth and community members; OKN partners and Halton agencies; community groups and others. It will guide Our Kids Network partners and the community along the reconciliation pathway.

Together we will plan, promote and facilitate opportunities and activities that require reflection on what we know is truth, are transformative for everyone, and that support and promote the inclusion of Indigenous children, youth, and families.

Contact Angela Bellegarde, Indigenous Lead at, 905-299-7431 to learn more and get involved.

Resources for Professionals to Increase Indigenous Literacy

Resources and information to increase knowledge, understanding and reflection on Canada’s history and present from an Indigenous viewpoint to expand “Indigenous literacy” (understanding the culture, context and rights of Indigenous people and the relationship of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples). Explore resources