Regional Council passed a Statement of Reconciliation to support the municipality’s work with Mi’kmaq and Urban Indigenous communities. The municipality is committed to the recommendations outlined in the report put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and to working with the community to address issues that impact access to municipal services. As part of this commitment, the Halifax Regional Municipality has partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to open the first Legacy Space in Canada that will be located within a city hall.
The Legacy Space at Halifax City Hall provides information about Chanie Wenjack and reconciliation for staff and visitors. We are committed to having accurate information available to all, regarding Indigenous History on our journey to reconciliation. The space will be safe, welcoming place where conversations about the past, present and future will be facilitated and encouraged. The space will serve as a symbol and reminder for Regional Council of the important work around reconciliation.
The Legacy Rooms concept was created by AFN Regional Chief Morley Googoo as he championed the Truth & Reconciliation file at the National and Regional level. He worked with Gord and Mike Downie to take this concept and make it a reality, with Nova Scotia now having five legacy spaces in the Halifax region and more opening soon.
For more information on the space contact:
Cheryl Copage-Gehue | Advisor, Indigenous Community Engagement | Office of Diversity & Inclusion | firstname.lastname@example.org