Jun 20 2018 | Posted in Press Releases

Indigenous Accord Signing Ceremony 2017; Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg

This morning at City Hall, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) joined over one hundred organizations in signing the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord. The RWB is signing as a response to the City’s call for partners in their Journey to Reconciliation, an endeavor in accordance with the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action.​

The City of Winnipeg defines the Accord as a “living document that guides our shared commitment to the Journey of Reconciliation in Winnipeg. Our shared commitment is rooted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action and is guided by the commitments and principles contained in the Accord. As a living document, the Accord is an ongoing responsibility accepted by signatories, who through becoming partners to the Accord agree to report the success of their commitment to reconciliation and their future goals on an annual basis.”

June 20 marks the one-year anniversary of the Accord’s implementation. This date acts as the beginning of the first year of the RWB’s three-year commitment to the Accord.

For the RWB, the journey began in 2013 with the commissioning of Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation with the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The RWB hopes to build upon these partnerships with community elders and collaborations with indigenous and non-indigenous artists to set commitments and take meaningful actions with respect to the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord.

“Through Going Home Star- Truth and Reconciliation, we had the opportunity to share Residential School stories and the spirit of reconciliation with a wider audience; however, we recognize that there is much to be done to strengthen our relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people and we are eager to take those steps,” says RWB Artistic Director and CEO André Lewis.

The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Actions that the RWB will be responding to in its first year are: 77, 83, 92, along with a commitment to building pathways to reconciliation. The RWB will publish their Accord goals on their website on an annual basis for three years.