June 21, 2018 (Halifax, NS)– The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth is proud to announce its Statement of Reconciliation on National Indigenous Peoples Day. The Statement was unanimously approved by all YMCAs in Canada and strengthens our dedication to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada. It is reflective of the YMCA Federation’s commitment to fostering a sense of belonging for all and its values of inclusiveness, accountability, and collaboration.
“We echo our Federation’s commitment to explore this journey of education and understanding with respect to Indigenous Peoples in Canada. YMCAs across the country are developing relationships with Indigenous leaders and exploring ways to work together in local communities, this will bring us to a better Halifax.” Brian Posavad, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth.
Our YMCA creates welcoming spaces where everyone feels like they belong to a supportive community. We are committed to strengthening our relationships and improving Indigenous Peoples’ access to our programs and services.
The YMCAs in Canada Statement of Reconciliation is the latest action taken on our road towards reconciliation, but it is not the last. The statement makes a collective commitment and by adopting it, the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth acknowledges and embraces the role we will play in reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples.