Indigenous Mentoring in Canada 

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan organizations’ is to provide quality volunteer-based mentoring programs to youth in the province. – We call upon to develop with Aboriginal groups a joint strategy to eliminate educational and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.

We call upon [Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan, Canada] 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. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan recognizes that these Calls to Action require us to be critical and transformative in our current practices and policies and reflective on reconciliation within all facets of our organization.

  • 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. One 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 YOURhelp!

Kilde: Indigenous Mentoring – Big Brothers of Regina