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Posted: November 18, 2021

BC Reconciliation Award call for nominations opens

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in partnership with the BC Achievement Foundation, is pleased to announce the second annual Call for Nominations for the British Columbia Reconciliation Award.

This award recognizes individuals, groups and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership, integrity, respect and commitment to furthering reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia or inspire others to continue reconciliation efforts.

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of British Columbia, has made reconciliation one of the key themes of her mandate. This includes participation in promotion of public awareness of the ongoing journey of reconciliation.

“The incredible quality and number of nominations received for the first BC Reconciliation Award demonstrated how much important work is being done by British Columbians in support of reconciliation.” Austin said. “As the Crown’s representative, I am deeply honoured for the continued opportunity to recognize these exemplary individuals and organizations, with the hope their work will provide inspiration and guidance to current and future generations on the path of reconciliation.”

The BC Achievement Foundation has several established programs honouring excellence and inspiring achievement throughout British Columbia, including the Indigenous Business Award and the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art.

“Reconciliation builds relationships and bridges the gap between two worlds through the efforts of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. By recognizing the truths of past wrongs and showcasing examples of how to make things right, others will be inspired to follow,” said Judith Sayers, board member, BC Achievement Foundation. “In its second year, the BC Reconciliation Award continues to celebrate innovative and empowering ways to embark on this journey, designed and decided by Indigenous Peoples, allowing them to thrive while making the world a better place. We look forward to receiving this year’s nominations and sharing their stories: #nominatenowbc ”

A selection committee for the British Columbia Reconciliation Award will include representation by Indigenous Elders, BC First Nations and Métis leadership and program partners.

The nomination period will be open until Jan. 15, 2022.

Nomination forms are available on the BC Achievement Foundation website.

The Ktunaxa Nation Council’s ‘xaȼqanaǂ ʔitkiniǂ’ project, or ‘Many Ways of Doing the Same Thing,’ was a recipient of the inaugural British Columbia Reconciliation Award.

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