Truth and Reconciliation
Women in Aerospace Canada recognizes its operations span the diverse traditional territories of the Indigenous People of Canada who called this land home before the arrival of colonizing settlers. We recognize the role we can play as an organization and we declare our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. WIA Canada’s Statement of Reconciliation is unanimously approved by all directors; strengthening our dedication to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada. It is reflective of WIA’s commitment to its values of equality, inclusiveness, collaboration, and professional development. At WIA we are aware of the impact that colonial actions and residential schools have had on Indigenous Peoples; we are committed to understanding past injustices and will continue to strive for a better future.
WIA is committed to playing our role in addressing the Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:
- 92iii. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal Peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
- Our programs focus on supporting professional development of all underrepresented groups in Canada, and we are committed to ensure Indigenous Peoples’ access to our services.
- Beyond a Statement of Reconciliation WIA will develop and implement an Action Plan which will be reviewed regularly.
WIA recognizes true reconciliation goes above the 94 calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and we are committed to continue the journey of reconciliation.