Reconciliation Recognition Awards
The Reconciliation Recognition Award (RRAC) is an initiative launched by the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils, to show their appreciation for the work being done to advance Reconciliation by individuals, businesses, and organizations here on Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island).
The Reconciliation Recognition Award is based on a series of criteria that serves to recognize, respect, and include Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq stories, history, or land in such a way that creates a positive and inclusive Island community with lasting impacts for future generations.
Reconciliation Recognition is awarded to those who:
- Show support and allyship to the First Nations peoples of Epekwitk, Mi’kma’ki and Indigenous Peoples across Canada.
- Make a conscious and selfless effort and initiative to recognize, respect and include the Epekwitk Mi’kmaq stories, artwork, people, history, or land.
- Create a lasting impact and an excellent example of How to Be An Ally – their actions prove their dedication to Reconciliation, their willingness to create an inclusive and considerate world, and for helping to move towards a better tomorrow.
2023 Reconciliation Recognition Award Recipients
This recognition results from the Summerside Western Capitals’ initiative to host an Every Child Matters hockey game to raise awareness of Residential School Survivors and Reconciliation. In addition to wearing orange jerseys created in consultation with local First Nations they also visited Lennox Island to learn about Truth and Reconciliation, meet with the community’s children, and hand out complimentary tickets to the Every Child Matters game. “Every Child Matters” written in the Mi’kmaq language, was also included on the orange jerseys, which featured a photo of Residential School Survivors. These jerseys were auctioned off after the game, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Lennox Island community. Through these efforts, the Summerside Western Capitals have taken significant steps in establishing a path toward reconciliation.
Wela’lioq aq congratulations, Summerside Capitals!
The Charlottetown Islanders are being recognized for their special initiative last fall to host the first-ever Orange Jersey Day in honour of Residential School Survivors and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The orange jerseys featured the traditional Mi’kmaq eight-pointed star along with the double curve motif. The team also worked closely with the Mi’kmaq communities of Epekwitk to include cultural performances, invite a Residential School Survivor to participate in the puck drop, and showcase videos about the Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq (Mi’kmaq of PEI), demonstrating their commitment to establishing a path toward true reconciliation.
Wela’lioq aq congratulations, Charlottetown Islanders!
The River Clyde Pageant has diligently worked towards inclusivity, offering diversity, equity, and inclusion training for its team and community. The Pageant has featured Mi’kmaq representation and voices and has offered meaningful land acknowledgments, demonstrating their commitment to acknowledging Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. The Pageant has also walked in solidarity for Indigenous justice. This recognition is a result of the River Clyde Pageant’s genuine efforts to be an ally to the Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq.
Wela’lioq aq congratulations to The River Clyde Pageant!
This recognition is a result of the Kings Playhouse’s outstanding efforts in establishing a true path toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Kings Playhouse has included Indigenous programming throughout its seasons and offered meaningful land acknowledgments before each show, demonstrating its commitment to educating the community. The Playhouse has also been mindful to include Elders and Mi’kmaq prayers and recognize and promote Indigenous observances. Kings Playhouse stands up against racism and has also supported the Indigenous community on Epekwitk through housing art exhibits for MMIWG2S.
Wela’lioq aq congratulations to The Kings Playhouse!
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