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The mission of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan agencies, is to provide quality volunteer-based mentoring programs to youth in the province. Based on this, the member agencies of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan, are committed to a path of on-going reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, based on mutually respectful relationships within two core commitments of the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. These commitments will serve as a framework for our organizations action as we move forward toward reconciliation.
Our responsibility to the Calls to Action is based on the following:
Call to Action #7: We call upon [Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan] to develop alongside Aboriginal groups, a joint strategy to eliminate educational and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.
Call to Action #92: We call upon [Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan] to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards, to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources.
The member agencies of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan, recognize that these Calls to Action require us to be critical and transformative regarding our current practices and policies. We must be reflective about reconciliation, within all facets of our organization. United in our goals, the member agencies have begun moving toward the following initiatives:
- Cultural competency training within all levels of our organization.
- Appropriate visuals and written communications reconfirming our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
- Dialogue and relationship building to ensure that our organization is receptive to the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal youth.
- Partnering with the Aboriginal communities and organizations to ensure quality youth mentoring in Saskatchewan.
- Creating culturally relevant outcomes that shift to deeper learning and effective and accountable service delivery to Aboriginal youth.
Our organization recognizes, that reconciliation is not an end itself but a process of change that is needed in our province. The first of our reconciliation initiatives is the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Project. Our aim is to design meaningful and relevant service delivery that addresses the needs of Aboriginal youth across the province of Saskatchewan. We recognize the need to begin conversations, relationships, and partnerships with the Aboriginal community and organizations, to ensure we are creating culturally appropriate services and to ensure sustainability of this project. For this, we recognize that we need YOUR help!
Help Us On Our Journey To Reconciliation
- Become a mentor within our BBBS programs: We are looking for volunteers and mentors who reflect the communities that we serve. CLICK HERE to find the agency nearest you.
- Share your thoughts: We would love to chat with everyone, but especially other youth serving organizations in Saskatchewan, to see if there are places that we could partner to better serve our province’s youth.
- Tell us where to begin: We would love to attend Aboriginal events in the community, both as learning opportunities for the youth in our programming, as well as places where our organization might be able to volunteer.
- Help us find the core partners: Let us know with whom you think it would be great for our organization to begin a relationship.
- Donate: If you can, a donation to this project will help create sustainable programming in our communities.
As we begin to journey towards culturally specific programming, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, and possible partnerships that would help strengthen our goals as an organization. Please contact our Indigenous Relations Director at (306) 244-8197 ext. 241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan Inc. is comprised of: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster, Big Brothers of Regina (serving communities in Weyburn and Moose Jaw), YWCA Big Sisters of Regina, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yorkton and Area (serving communities in Churchbridge, Esterhazy, Langenburg, Melville, and Rocanville), and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area (serving communities in The Battlefords, Humboldt, Melfort, and Prince Albert).