Boozhoo, Aaniin, my name is Noah Wilson and I am Cree man from Peguis First Nation studying Indigenous Governance and Finance at the University of Manitoba. I am currently the co-president of the University of Manitoba Aboriginal Students Association (UMASA), the Indigenous students’ representative for the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU), and have been an organizer of the University of Manitoba Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering,. This year I helped create a working group at the University of Manitoba for the creation and launch of a ReconciliACTION campaign with partnerships created with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), University of Manitoba Students Union (UMSU) and the Canadian Federation of Student (CFS) to foster reconciliation efforts at university campuses across Canada.
I used my elected position as the Indigenous Students Rep for UMSU to unanimously pass a ReconciliACTION campaign motion, that Chance and I created, to make the campaign an official UMSU campaign and create ReconciliACTION working groups at the University of Manitoba. In addition, I presented a Canadian Federation of Students ReconciliACTION motion on behalf of UMSU that was unanimously passed by all the member locals of CFS in attendance at the National AGM.
ReconciliACTION is about ensuring that we first acknowledge the truth and legacies of the Residential school system, and then ensure that we implement the TRC's Calls to Action, grounded in UNDRIP, which is a framework for ALL Canadians to take part in to foster reconciliation.
The ReconciliACTION Campaign purpose is create “ReconciliACTION working groups” on campuses across the country that invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples alike to take a rights-based approach to foster reconciliation efforts at university campuses across Canada.