VRCA Unveils Reconciliation Action Plan through the Bridging Perspectives Webinar Series

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association is pleased to announce that it is embarking on a journey to deepen our understanding of reconciliation within the context of the construction industry.

As a responsible and forward-thinking organization, we recognize the importance of acknowledging and learning about our collective histories in Canada. This initiative is a testament to our commitment to fostering positive relationships and creating a more inclusive and equitable construction community.

Over the next six months, VRCA members will be invited to attend the Bridging Perspectives Webinar series, which is comprised of six dynamic sessions featuring thought-provoking discussions, practical insights, and insight from industry leaders and Indigenous communities. The sessions will cover various topics, including cultural awareness, Indigenous engagement, procurement opportunities, and building lasting partnerships.

“We understand that this is a continuous and evolving process, and we are committed to learning, growing, and fostering positive change within our association and the broader construction industry,” said VRCA President Jeannine Martin.

Through this journey, the VRCA hopes to build a better tomorrow, strengthen relationships, and play a role in advancing the important work of reconciliation in Canada.

**Photo credit: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Indigenous Reconciliation: A Commitment to Building Stronger Communities Together

From the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) / Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA) / Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) / Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) / Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA)

Our Associations stand united in our commitment to Indigenous reconciliation…

We acknowledge and respect the rich cultural heritage, traditions, and rights of the First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples who have lived on the land we today call Canada for millennia.

We honour and acknowledge that construction projects across British Columbia take place on traditional Indigenous territories. We also recognize the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 92, which calls on businesses to engage in meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indigenous peoples and build respectful relationships that promote mutual understanding and prosperity.

Acknowledging the historical and current injustices and wrongs inflicted on Indigenous people through colonization and the residential school system, we understand that true reconciliation requires more than just words; it demands action, understanding, and a genuine willingness to collaborate and build meaningful relationships. We commit ourselves to the journey of reconciliation, guided by the principles of respect, recognition, and partnership.

As associations representing the construction industry, we will actively seek ways to engage and involve First Nation, Inuit and Métis Rights holders in decision-making processes, ensuring Indigenous voices are heard and Traditional Knowledge and perspectives are valued.

Education and awareness are crucial components of our reconciliation journey. We will continue to educate ourselves, our members, and the wider construction community about the histories, cultures, contributions and aspirations of Indigenous peoples.

We also understand that reconciliation is a collective responsibility that extends beyond our association network. We will actively collaborate with Indigenous communities, industry partners, and government agencies to advance reconciliation efforts, share best practices, and support equal opportunities for Indigenous workers and businesses throughout the construction industry.

We invite all stakeholders in the construction industry to join us on this transformative path, as we build bridges of understanding, respect, and collaboration towards a more inclusive and prosperous future.

Our reconciliation journey will require patience, humility, and a commitment to continuous learning and growth. This is a first step to building stronger communities together. We will hold ourselves accountable to these commitments to ensure they translate into meaningful change.

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