When I think of our reconciliation journey, I’m reminded of the words of Governor General Mary Simon, which she shared to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. “Reconciliation is a way of life, continuous, with no end date. It is learning from our lived experiences and understanding one another. It is creating the necessary space for us to heal.”
With this spirit of continuous growth and healing in mind, I am proud to share our Reconciliation Action Plan year-three update report. Since 2020, Deloitte has taken meaningful steps to strengthen trust and rebuild relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples -- staying true to our purpose to help and inspire all others to thrive through access to knowledge and opportunities, as well as to our shared values to foster inclusion and to take care of each other.
This report offers a detailed account of the incredible work across Deloitte to advance our reconciliation journey, step by step. I encourage you to read this report in full, but I’d also like to spotlight a few key advances.
This year we highlighted voices of the next generation of Indigenous leaders through our Future of Canada Centre, which launched a report to gather insights and perspectives from Indigenous youth across the country. This report shed light on this group’s leading concerns, including top issues they want to see addressed by political leaders and how their communities are experiencing climate change first-hand. By listening to these voices, we can enact necessary and targeted change.
Within our own walls, we know that we need more Indigenous voices at the table. That’s why we onboarded a new team of Indigenous professionals to develop our Indigenous Talent strategy. These leaders are exploring innovative hiring initiatives, aligned with Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being, to help us foster and promote Indigenous talent across Deloitte.
Finally, I’m delighted to share that our firm was awarded a silver certification from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, becoming the first professional services firm to earn this designation. This recognition reflects our work prioritising support for Indigenous businesses and community relationships and how we have followed through on our commitment to bolster economic empowerment.
Thank you for reading this report and learning more about our reconciliation journey. By collaborating across communities and organisations, we will create the space for healing to make an impact that matters.