This document embodies an earnest intent to capture the wisdom of the
approximately 200 invited leaders. It is intended to serve as a foundation for the development of community-based action plans. The document draws from the rich conversations of the participants at the reconciliation event to describe why reconciliation in child welfare is needed, what
reconciliation can mean in the context of child welfare, and to identify key values (touchstones) to guide reconciliation in child welfare. ASCS understands and agrees with the TRC’s “profound commitment to establishing new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect [to] forge a brighter future” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2016). We are committed to following the appropriate and necessary protocols to ensure the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples across Canada are respected and maintained for future generations.