Truth and Reconciliation
The Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games Host Society is committed to following in the path of Truth and Reconciliation and has chosen Calls to Action #87, #91 and Beyond 94 to follow on our path to hosting the Games.
We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with the Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant to organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes’ history.
We call upon the officials and host communities of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth Games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events.
Infusing culture wherever we can respectfully.
TRC Pin Series
As part of the Pin Program, the Host Society has developed a Truth and Reconciliation pin series with the guidance of the Culture Committee and local knowledge keepers. These limited-edition pins will only be available at events and activities honouring Truth and Reconciliation within the region.
The pin showcases the symbols for the Seven Sacred Teachings, which we have adopted as our guiding principles, and moccasins with the calls to action we are highlighting on the vamps. These moccasins represent walking on a path forward to reconciliation and fully supporting and respecting calls 87 and 91.
ORANGE SHIRT PIN
The Orange Shirt Pin was created to support awareness and share our continued commitment to listen to, learn from and share the truth as we honour the survivors of residential schools, their families and their communities. Every Child Matters.
RED DRESS PIN
The Red Dress Pin signifies the AWG 2023 Host Society’s commitment to bringing awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman and Two Spirit People (MMIWG2S) and Murdered, Missing and Exploited Indigenous Peoples (MMEIP).