The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition is committed to establishing and maintaining strong and respectful relationships between the Aboriginal community and different levels of government, non-Aboriginal service organizations and amongst the Aboriginal organizations. To truly support Aboriginal people in Ottawa we recognize that the entire community will need to work together.
In 2015 the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition developed a relationship model when working with non-Aboriginal partners in the area of mental health that we have used in other areas of our work. It was first presented as part of an Aboriginal Mental Health conference at City Hall organized by Minwaashin Lodge. This model recognizes that for reconciliation relationships to be established there needs to be equal respect for western knowledge and indigenous knowledge. There are specific outcomes for each direction:
The release of the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in December 2015 called on all Canadians, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal to implement the 94 Calls to Action. The OAC is committed to contributing to reconciliation and honouring the survivors of residential school. As part of our work we have worked closely with the City of Ottawa to build a Reconciliation Action Plan based on the Calls to Action.