Membership Update: NWTRPA Endorses Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action

 October 6, 2016
Posted by ryoung
Last week at the 2016 NWTRPA AGM, along with the regular business, the membership voted on a number of important issues. 

The 2016 NWTRPA Board of Directors. L to R: Nathan McPherson, Jill Gilday, Cynthia White, Tim Van Dam, Tony Devlin, Caren Burke, Doreen Nitsiza, Mike Scott. (Photo: Tara Marchiori)

The 2016 NWTRPA Board of Directors. L to R: Nathan McPherson, Jill Gilday, Cynthia White, Tim Van Dam, Tony Devlin, Caren Burke, Doreen Nitsiza, Mike Scott. (Photo: Tara Marchiori)

Last week, during the 2016 NWTRPA and Youth Centres Conference, the NWTRPA held its 2016 Annual General Meeting. Along with all of the regular business that went on, the membership voted on a couple important issues:

  1. The membership voted to endorse the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls to Action and adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as a framework for future activities. The motion was put forth by Doreen Nitsiza, NWTRPA North Slave Regional Director, after an NWTRPA working group report made a number of recommendations for how the organization might, as an organization, embody the tenets of the TRC. You can find more information on the TRC reports here and about UNDRIP here.
    • As next steps, the Board and staff will complete training to better understand decolonization and the implications for the NWTRPA. This will begin a process to identify and implement relevant Calls to Action and focus attention on decolonizing the organization’s policies, programs, and practices.
  2. Caren Burke of Norman Wells elected as the Board’s new Sahtu Regional Director. Caren, a Health Promotions specialist with the Sahtu Health and Social Services Authority, has long had a connection to the NWTRPA, engaging with a number of the organization’s programs including Get Active, Walk to Tuk and Elders in Motion. The position of Sahtu Regional Director on the NWTRPA Board has been empty since Lindsey Blake stepped down in May.
    • Doreen Nitsiza, North Slave Regional Director; Cynthia White, South Slave Regional Director; and Tim Van Dam, President were all reelected to their respective positions.