As September 30 approaches, a date imbued with stories of resilience and hope, and marking a journey towards reconciliation, we reflect on the importance of committing to social responsibility.
As a top CNC machining solutions provider in Canada, Ben Machine finds itself at the intersection of technological advancement and social obligation. In this context, we aim to shed light on National Truth and Reconciliation Day and highlight Ben Machine’s, and the entire group of EIC companies’, unwavering pledge to effect change through conscientious business behaviour.
Understanding National Truth and Reconciliation Day
The inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation took place on September 30, 2021, coinciding with Orange Shirt Day. This sombre day honours the profound grief experienced in residential schools, recognizing not just the lost children but also the courageous survivors and the families forever scarred by their experiences.
It’s a day of remembrance, acknowledgment, and crucially, growth and adaptation. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission lists 94 calls to action, urging all societal sections to collaborate in the healing and reconciling process with the affected individuals, families, and communities.
To truly appreciate this day’s importance, we need to understand the heavy historical context which includes numerous disturbing yet enlightening tales. As defined by the National Centre for Truth, it is a day focused on comprehension, respect, and a steadfast commitment to transformation.
Ben Machine’s Corporate Social Responsibility
Reflecting on this, Ben Machine’s reputation stands on ethical business conduct and industry leadership. As we progressively refine our initiatives targeting Indigenous reconciliation, our corporate footprint is consciously constructed to resonate with values that bolster a community centered on diversity and acceptance.
Being a leading name in military and defence CNC machining, we grasp the intricacies of merging innovation with societal awareness. Consistent with our dedication to social responsibility, we envision a future underpinned not just by technological feats but also by genuine respect for Indigenous communities.
Out of respect for our local Indigenous communities and despite the lack of statutory framework, we treat September 30 as a day of reflection as if it were a statutory holiday. This is done across the EIC group of companies.
The Broader Impact
Why is this significant? Because when corporations participate in reconciliation initiatives, they create a domino effect. This influence extends beyond individuals to families, communities, and ultimately, the broader society and industry. Such engagement fosters a culture rooted in respect, empathy, and ethical responsibility.
As emphasized by CIBC, businesses that recognize and actively commemorate this national day are creating avenues for economic growth in environments where mutual respect and collective progress are both preached and practiced.
Paving the Way for a Harmonious Future
National Truth and Reconciliation Day acts as a perennial beacon of our vow to promote healing and comprehension. By embracing the calls to action highlighted by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Ben Machine is blazing a trail for both the community and fellow industry leaders to spearhead initiatives saturated with empathy, honour, and inclusiveness.
Going forward, let our actions carry the weight of reconciliation, driven by respect and a profound grasp of our shared history. We encourage peers and industry trailblazers to see this Day not merely as a reflective occasion but as an ongoing commitment to a future that celebrates all stories and fosters unity in diversity.
Join us in truly manifesting the essence of reconciliation, and building a future that is inclusive, considerate, and united. Ultimately, it’s about forging tangible paths to real change. Let’s journey together towards a future filled with hope, respect, and unity!