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Remembering the Past, Reshaping the Future

As a company committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, Winpak understands the importance of acknowledging and participating in National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  This day, observed on September 30th, holds profound significance for Canada because it provides an opportunity to reflect, learn, and take focused steps towards reconciliation with Indigenous people.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation officially inaugurated in 2021.  The day was established to recognize the historical and current injustices faced by Indigenous people, with a specific spotlight on the legacy of residential schools.  These schools were a significant tool in the forced assimilation of Indigenous children, causing great harm to individuals, families, and communities.  That harm can still be felt today with many Indigenous communities afflicted with intergenerational trauma.  National Day for Truth and Reconciliation serves as a reminder of this painful history and a call to action for all Canadians to work together towards healing and reconciliation.

At Winpak, we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and respectful work environment for all our employees. We believe that reconciliation is an ongoing process that requires empathy and meaningful action.  Here are the ways we are committed to reconciliation:

  • Cultivating an Inclusive Culture: We will continue to foster an inclusive workplace culture that respects and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, traditions, and contributions of all employees, including Indigenous team members.
  • Educational Programs: Education and acknowledgement are the first steps towards any type of reconciliation.  As such, Winpak is beginning a series of training programs facilitated by the Truth2Action: Reconciliation for Business.  The Truth2Action: Reconciliation for Business is Indigenous owned, developed, and led with a customized approach to ensure an in-depth review and roadmap development to redefine workplace standards and culture.  By working with this group, Winpak is actively engaged in providing a welcoming space for our employees to learn about Indigenous histories, cultures, and perspectives in order to better understand each of our roles in the reconciliation process.
  • Community Engagement: Winpak encourages its employees to engage with Indigenous communities through volunteer work and participation in cultural events.  We are also working on initiatives to support indigenous-owned businesses and organizations.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day of reflection, remembrance, and action. It calls on all of us to remember the past, take responsibility for the present, and work together towards a more equitable and just future.

Winpak is committed to being a part of this journey and to fostering reconciliation, not just on this day but every day. Collectively, we can contribute to healing the wounds of the past and building a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

Caroline Schroen
Caroline Schroen
Manager, Corporate Communications
Winnipeg, MB

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