The YMCA Federation in Canada 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 are an organization of community builders, and this step towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is an important one” says Peter Dinsdale, President and CEO of YMCA Canada. “We will continue to deepen our understanding and relationships with Indigenous Peoples and communities, and where and when desired, work in partnership together in local communities.” 

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, YMCAs in Canada acknowledge and embrace the role we will play in reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples.