30 min

Warren Isbister-Bear Reconcile. Everyday Conversations

    • Government

“I think now though, it's using my voice to create safe spaces, to have tough conversations, but have this conversations in a respectful and safe way. So we can … hear that before you get to reconciliation, you need to hear this ugly truth, right?”

Warren Isbister-Bear, is the Truth & Reconciliation Coordinator, Strategy & Transformation Department, City of Saskatoon. Originally from the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, Warren has been living and working in Saskatoon since 2001. As the Truth & Reconciliation Coordinator, Warren is responsible to lead the development of an internal Reconciliation strategy and policy framework aimed at enabling all City Departments to strengthen relationships and consultation activities with Indigenous Peoples and communities while providing strategic leadership and advice, based on extensive knowledge of the richness of diversity of Indigenous Peoples, to the City departments to support them in applying an inclusion lens to policies and programs.

In our conversation with Warren we talked about the personal and professional aspects of reconciliation. Warren talked about the impact of residential schools on his own life and challenged the listener to be strategic in making the workplace and work positions more accessible to Indigenous people.

Ben Borne and I invited Warren to have a conversation around these five questions:

1. What is your personal understanding of reconciliation?

2. What experiences have led you to this understanding?

3. Why do you feel reconciliation is important?

4. Does forgiveness have a role in reconciliation? Why or why not?

5. How would you invite people into the reconciliation journey?

Then we recorded his reflections.

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Additional resources to explore:

City of Saskatoon Indigenous Initiatives

Reconciliation Saskatoon

What makes us healthy? Exploring the determinants of health in Saskatchewan

Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre

ConnectR

Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan

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Reconcile: Everyday Conversations is a project of Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan aimed at facilitating conversations among settler/non-Indigenous Canadians around our role in reconciliation. We thank Mennonite Church Saskatchewan for additional funding support.

Project Coordinator: Heather Peters

Co-host: Ben Borne
Recording and Editing: Matthew Hildebrandt
Music by Queen Queen Josephine

“I think now though, it's using my voice to create safe spaces, to have tough conversations, but have this conversations in a respectful and safe way. So we can … hear that before you get to reconciliation, you need to hear this ugly truth, right?”

Warren Isbister-Bear, is the Truth & Reconciliation Coordinator, Strategy & Transformation Department, City of Saskatoon. Originally from the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, Warren has been living and working in Saskatoon since 2001. As the Truth & Reconciliation Coordinator, Warren is responsible to lead the development of an internal Reconciliation strategy and policy framework aimed at enabling all City Departments to strengthen relationships and consultation activities with Indigenous Peoples and communities while providing strategic leadership and advice, based on extensive knowledge of the richness of diversity of Indigenous Peoples, to the City departments to support them in applying an inclusion lens to policies and programs.

In our conversation with Warren we talked about the personal and professional aspects of reconciliation. Warren talked about the impact of residential schools on his own life and challenged the listener to be strategic in making the workplace and work positions more accessible to Indigenous people.

Ben Borne and I invited Warren to have a conversation around these five questions:

1. What is your personal understanding of reconciliation?

2. What experiences have led you to this understanding?

3. Why do you feel reconciliation is important?

4. Does forgiveness have a role in reconciliation? Why or why not?

5. How would you invite people into the reconciliation journey?

Then we recorded his reflections.

*****************************************************

Additional resources to explore:

City of Saskatoon Indigenous Initiatives

Reconciliation Saskatoon

What makes us healthy? Exploring the determinants of health in Saskatchewan

Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre

ConnectR

Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan

*****************************************************

Reconcile: Everyday Conversations is a project of Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan aimed at facilitating conversations among settler/non-Indigenous Canadians around our role in reconciliation. We thank Mennonite Church Saskatchewan for additional funding support.

Project Coordinator: Heather Peters

Co-host: Ben Borne
Recording and Editing: Matthew Hildebrandt
Music by Queen Queen Josephine

30 min

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