September 30, 2022 marks the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which honours First Nation, Métis and Inuit survivors of Residential Schools and commemorates those who did not return.
“Over the last year we have continued to take the steps necessary as a company to educate ourselves and our employees,” says Aran Clarke, Concert’s Vice President, People Experience. “And we have worked to ensure that we are acting as best we can to be allies to the Indigenous community.”
With recognition that we are all at various stages of learning, we continue to make numerous learning opportunities available to our employees, free of charge, including enrolment and certification in the Indigenous Canada online course.
This includes entry and access to educational tours at the Bill Reid Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver; the Mark Loria Gallery in Victoria; and the McMichael Museum and the Daphne Cockwell Gallery in Toronto – in addition to numerous Indigenous-led walking tours across these cities.
On September 27, 2022 we were honoured to host Clint Davis, the President and CEO of Nunasi Corporation, an Inuit development corporation headquartered in Iqaluit. A proud Inuk who aims to contribute to the development and growth of Indigenous communities, Clint has served as CEO for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and North35 Capital Partners.
His talk centred on the topic of economic reconciliation, a form of reconciliation that explores meaningful partnerships and opportunities based on a holistic, values-driven approach to attaining economic prosperity within Indigenous communities.
“We are wearing our orange shirts to the office on September 29, 2022 and encourage our entire Concert community to do the same on the September 30, 2022 holiday,” continues Aran. “We believe this is a day to act in remembrance, but we also believe in sparking ongoing conversation and inspiring more learning and listening throughout the entire year.”