In 2018, United Way launched a new five-year strategic plan, which included among its objectives that United Way and Indigenous communities have a relationship built on trust, respect, and reciprocity. To meet this objective, United Way embarked on a journey to develop an organizational Indigenous strategy that reflects the spirit and intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future.
Akak’stiman: Journey of Creative Planning to Achieve Goals is a multi-generational strategy that guides United Way’s business practices, Indigenous-focused investments, and our relationships with Indigenous communities. Developed with guidance and leadership from local Elders, the strategy reflects our commitment to building relationships with Indigenous people by recognizing and honouring both Western and Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing.
Akak’stiman signals United Way’s intention to be an ally, leader, and relative in reconciliation.
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