At the May 2, 2022 Regular Meeting of Council the official City of Rossland Indigenous Reconciliation & Territory Land Acknowledgement policy was approved.
This policy is based on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Government of Canada’s Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Of the 94 calls to action, 16 focus on local and/or all orders of government – and the City (klwist) will endeavor to work towards reconciliation through an emphasis on relationship building and education wherever possible. Additionally, this policy provides guidance for Council and staff in the formal acknowledgement of Indigenous/First Nations traditional territory on behalf of the City (klwist) at key gatherings and/or events within the City, where such an acknowledgement is required or desired in observance of and respect for protocol. The policy is not intended to direct individuals speaking on their own behalf.
“We acknowledge and respect that we live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the sngaytskstx (Sinixt) People and honor all other Indigenous people who walked on and cared for these lands before us and continue to do so. We also support and add our voices to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Actions in order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.”
To view the full policy click here – Policy C-10 – Indigenous Reconciliation & Territory Land Acknowledgement