Cheer Manitoba acknowledges that the lands on which we gather are the ancestral and current territory of the Anishinaabeg, Ininewak, Dakota and National Homeland of the Red River Métis, and the visiting and trading lands of many other nations such as the Anishininewak, Denesuline and Inuit. We also recognize that Winnipeg is situated on Treaty 1 territory. We recognize that most of our electricity is generated in Treaty 5 territory and that Winnipeg’s water source comes from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, in Treaty 3 territory.
In keeping with the treaties, agreements and understandings that have been reached on this land, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action especially the calls to action as it pertains to sport ( 87 thru 91) , Cheer Manitoba recognizes the wrongs and errors of the past and present, as well as current systemic barriers that continue to disproportionately disadvantage Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnerships with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report was released with 94 calls to action, including five (#87-91) that addressed reconciliation tied to sport specifically. All state legislatures in Canada now acknowledge and are working to address these calls to action as a means of reconciling with the Indigenous peoples of Canada and moving towards a shared future. These calls to action include the following:
87. We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.
88. We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel.
89. We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples.
90. We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples, including, but not limited to, establishing:
i. In collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, stable funding for, and access to, community sports programs that reflect the diverse cultures and traditional sporting activities of Aboriginal peoples.
ii. An elite athlete development program for Aboriginal athletes.
iii. Programs for coaches, trainers, and sports officials that are culturally relevant for Aboriginal peoples.
iv. Anti-racism awareness and training programs.
91. We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples' territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events. (TRC, 2015, 336).
To learn more about how we can all play a part in reconciliation, visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website: https://nctr.ca/