Canadian Credit Union Association

Truth and Reconciliation Update

Indi Madar, Policy Advisor, Community Impact

At CCUA’s 2018 AGM, credit union members adopted a member resolution on Truth and Reconciliation. The resolution asked that CCUA adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and apply its principles, norms and standards to corporate policy. Furthermore, the resolution encourages CCUA delegates to encourage similar resolutions to their respective Board of Directors to show credit union support for and commitment to building lives and fulfilling dreams of indigenous peoples in Canada. 

Since the resolution, with the direction of credit union leaders we have implemented a range of activities such as: 

  • Developed and offered a series of free webinars on “Building Stronger Relationships with Indigenous Peoples”, developed in partnership with Senator Murray Sinclair and Indigenous Perspectives Society.
  • Launched an evergreen resource page on CCUA’s website (Member Corner).
  • Organized a panel titled “Growing your Business and Serving Indigenous Peoples”, for the National Credit Union Lending Conference.
  • Participated in national and regional workshops like the “Moose Hide Campaign National Day of Gathering”, and Saskatchewan’s “Engaging credit unions and co-operatives in the TRC Calls to Action”.
  • Published the article titled “Overcoming Colonization” in Enterprise Magazine to profile the journey to reconciliation of three credit union members.
  • Hosted internal staff lunch and learns to watch “Colonization Road”, a film that highlights the impact of treaties.
  • Incorporated educational and cultural programming as part of the National Conference.

CCUA continues to explore meaningful opportunities to continue this journey. We look forward to continued engagement with our members on this important subject. Should you have questions or comments, please contact Indi Madar.