Who’s doing what to advance reconciliation and who isn’t? Status Updates July 5, 2022


Read the one line descriptions below and feel the pulse of reconciliation – getting a little stronger now that the federal government has passed Bill C – 29 “The National Centre for Reconciliation Act“. Seven years after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report in June 2015, the federal government has finally tabled legislation to:

  • establish the council as an independent, national, oversight body with membership jointly appointed by the Government of Canada and national Aboriginal organizations, and consisting of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members. Its mandate would include, but not be limited to, the following: 
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report annually to Parliament and the people of Canada on the Government of Canada’s post-apology progress on reconciliation to ensure that government accountability for reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown is maintained in the coming years. 
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report to Parliament and the people of Canada on reconciliation progress across all levels and sectors of Canadian society, including the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. 
  • Develop and implement a multi-year National Action Plan for Reconciliation, which includes research and policy development, public education programs, and resources. 
  • Promote public dialogue, public/private partnerships, and public initiatives for reconciliation.

Read the 40 “Current Problems” across 13 “Themes” in multiple jurisdictions across Canada including court cases that are national in scope and ask yourself: why are 34% of the 94 Calls to Action still either “Stalled” or “Not Started”

That’s not exactly a strong testament to how reconciliation is advancing across the country.

Call to Action Status as of July 5, 2022

Not StartedStalledIn ProgressComplete
12205111
12.8%21.3%54.3%11.7%

Status Change

The following Call to Action has changed its status since the last update on May 13, 2022

C2ADescriptionStatus ChangeWhy has the status changed?
54Provide multi-year funding to sustain National Council for Reconciliation (NCR)From NOT STARTED to IN PROGRESSBill C-29, “National Council for Reconciliation Act” passed June 22
55Provide Annual reports on progress towards reconciliationFrom NOT STARTED to IN PROGRESSBill C-29, “National Council for Reconciliation Act” passed June 22
56PM to deliver a State of Aboriginal People’s reportFrom NOT STARTED to IN PROGRESSBill C-29, “National Council for Reconciliation Act” passed June 22

The following represents a year-to-date statistical snapshot of stakeholder actions within various “Themes” that are either advancing reconciliation or creating problems:

Section20202021Feb. 14, 2022May 13, 2022July 4, 2022
Current Reality26477129
Current Problems189213154440
Legacy C2As96159202719
Reconciliation C2As558882021
Government Commitments to Tr & Rec.86
Total3665075011195
Other Issues811
Indigenous Success Stories1713

Notes:

  1. Current Reality only includes the specific 94 Calls to Action
  2. Current Problems includes all “Calls to Action” plus “Other Issues” and “Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation” sections
  3. “Other Issues” represents Actions and Commitments by stakeholders in seven other “Theme” areas: Suicide Prevention, Drinking Water Advisories, Housing, Food Insecurity, Environment, Urban Commitments to Reconciliation and Treaties and Land Claims

What follows is a snapshot of what has been updated on the Indigenous Watchdog website since the last Status Update posted on May 13, 2022. See the relevant Themes for full details.

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

FederalJune 24Bill S-10 “Anishinabek Governance Agreement Act” receives Royal Assent
June 28Inuit-Crown Partnership meeting discusses shared priorities
QuébecMay 27Québec cabinet minister commits to protect Indigenous languages after passage of Bill 96 “An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec
June 172022-2027 Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Wellness of the First Nations and the Inuit” released with 52 measures
New BrunswickJune 21New Brunswick govt. launches new website to track progress on TRC Calls to Action
July 3New Brunswick holds joint meeting with Cabinet and Mi’kmaw Chiefs

Current Problems with Government Commitments

AlbertaJune 5Métis Nation of Alberta wins court case against Alberta govt. negotiating scrip with illegitimate Métis groups
QuébecJune 9CAQ record with Indigenous people’s in Québec is historically disappointing
BCJune 30Tŝilhqot’in Nation condemns BC Govt. destructive moose harvest allocation in Chilcotin
QuébecJune 30Cree Nation Government expresses its disappointment in Quebec’s lack of meaningful collaboration regarding the moose population situation in Zone 17

Current Problems across all Calls to Action

C2A ThemeDateDescription
Child WelfareMay 19Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench rules that Manitoba govt. discriminates against First Nations children in child welfare system
May 26Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs challenges Bill C-92 jurisdiction and provincial amendments to Child and Family Services Act
June 14Anishinabek response to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report on welfare of Indigenous children
June 21Off-reserve Indigenous children Class Action lawsuit against federal government
EducationJune 20National poll conducted by Environics Research finds that reconciliation is not working
Language and CultureMay 13First Nations in Québec call Bill 96 “An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec” cultural genocide
May 31Use of Inuktuk in government services in Nunavut declines
HealthMay 15Indigenous Health organizations in Ontario find racism and discrimination in healthcare (Systemic Racism)
May 27Manitoba First Nations’s leaders declare State of Emergency in health services based on systemic discrimination found in northern Manitoba (Systemic Racism)
June 27Forced sterilization and global attacks on reproductive rights of Indigenous women (Systemic Racism)
JusticeMay 20Coroner’s inquest recommendations into death of Chantal Moore in NB (Systemic Racism in Policing)
June 1Native Women’s Association of Canada Annual Report on MMIWG National Action Plan (Federal and Provincial Justice Inquiries)
June 3First Nations Leadership Council response to MMIWG Action Plan (Fed. & Prov. Justice Inquiries)
June 3Southern Chief’s Organization (MB) response to Auditor-General report on Correctional Services Canada failure to eliminate systemic barriers
June 22Complaints on Indian Day schools Claims process. (Fed. & Prov. Justice Inquiries)
June 23Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Relations criticizes government response to MMIWG (Fed. & Prov. Justice Inquiries)
June 23Ontario Civilian Police Commission alleges misconduct by Thunder Bay Police Chief (Background Content)
June 24Six First Nations Chiefs call for an end to New Brunswick commission on systemic racism (Systemic Racism in Policing)
June 27Standing Committee on Status of Women studying links between resource extraction and violence against Indigenous women
June 27Piecemeal government actions has worsened discrimination in the Indian Act: Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples
June 29Thunder Bay Police Chief Sylvie Hout suspended (Background Content)
Church ApologiesMay 18AFN calls on Queen as head of Anglican Church to apologize for churches role in operating residential schools
May 19 Métis National Council calls for “Royal” apology
Missing Children and Burial InformationJune 8AFN continues to call for independent criminal investigation into residential schools as well as for the International Criminal Court to become involved
June 1692-year-old Catholic priest arrested for sex abuse at Fort Alexander residential school
Business & ReconciliationMay 26Financial Consumer Agency of Canada finds that Big Banks discriminate against minority groups
Drinking Water AdvisoriesJune 19Neskantanga First Nation has spent 27 years under a Boil Water Advisory
HousingJune 13Federal Housing Advocate will receive two urgent human rights claims from women and Indigenous groups
June 15Federal government will miss Indigenous Housing forecast targets
June 27AFN presses for urgent action at F/P/T Minister of Housing meeting
EnvironmentMay 16Nunavut Impact Review Board rejects Baffinland’s Phase 2 proposal to expand Mary River Mine
June 9Great Bear Rainforest Review: How to preserve and protect while supporting sustainable forestry
Treaties and Land ClaimsFeb. 5Government of Alberta cuts off Métis consultation process
June 23Robinson-Huron Superior treaties annuity claims case against the Government of Ontario goes to Supreme Court
June 28“They beat us into submission”: West Moberly’s decade long fight against the Site C Dam is over
June 13Matawa Chiefs Council working to solidify approach to Ring of Fire Regional Environment Assessment

Current Reality Across all Calls to Action

C2A ThemeDate
United Nations DeclarationJune 6Tahltan FN and BC government enter first consent-based-decision-making agreement under UNDRIP
National Council for ReconciliationJune 22Bill C-29 “National Council for Reconciliation Act” introduced
Church ApologiesMay 1Archbishop of Canterbury apologizes to residential school survivors
June 24Pope Francis itinerary for visit to Canada finalized
Missing Children & Burial InformationJune 8Special Interlocutor appointed to coordinate government response to unmarked graves
CommemorationJune 7Three Indigenous members – First Nation, Métis and Inuit – appointed to Historic Sites and Monument Board
Business and ReconciliationJune 6National Indigenous Economic Strategy released
EnvironmentJune 7NWT releases “Statement on Environmental Values” to address climate change
Drinking Water AdvisoriesMay 28Updated Infographic and Table

Legacy Calls to Action

Call To ActionDateDescription of Action or Commitment
Child Welfare
C2A # 1June 9New Brunswick introduces revisions to child welfare legislation
Education
C2A # 65June 16MOU between the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APCFNC) and Atlantic Canada’s post secondary institutions
June 30Lakehead University launches Anishinaabe Kendaasiwin Institute
Language and Culture
C2A # 17May 18Manitoba Bill 236 introduces enhancements to Vital Statistics Act to permit Indigenous names
May 26BC Bill M209 proposes Indigenous characters, symbols on BC IDs
Health
C2A # 18May 13Renewal of BC Vancouver Island Accord between First Nations Health Authority, Island Health and Vancouver Island Regional Caucus
June 24Manitoba Agreement-in-Principle with Southern Chiefs Organization to create First Nation Health Authority
C2A # 21May 16White Buffalo Treatment Centre celebrates grand opening of permanent facility
June 15Wauzhushk Onigah Nation celebrates grand opening of new Migisi treatment facility
C2A # 23June 6Indigenous Services Canada and Manitoba govt. hiring Indigenous emergency medical responders
Justice
C2A # 29June 22Anishinabek Nation and FSIN call for action on the Indian Day School Class Action Settlement
June 27First Nations Leadership in Ontario Calls on Government of Canada to Fix Administration of the Day Schools Settlement
C2A # 30May 312022 Auditor-General Report # 4 finds systemic barriers still exist at Correctional Services Canada
C2A # 31May 26Newfoundland and Labrador govt. invest in Restorative Justice initiative
C2A # 40June 29Gwich’in Wellness Camp renovation receives $2.3M funding
C2A # 41June 3Native Women’s Association of Canada Annual Report Card on Federal government’s MMIWG National Action Plan
June 3Premiers Council to guide Alberta’s response to MMIWG Final Report
June 13Federal Govt. releases MMIWG National Action Plan Progress Report
June 27Indian Act continues discrimination against Indigenous women

Reconciliation Calls to Action

Call to ActionDateAction or Commitment
UNDRIP
C2A # 44June 21First annual update on UNDRIP National Action Plan
Nat. Council for Reconciliation
C2A # 54June 22Bill C-29 “National Council for Reconciliation Act” introduced
C2A # 55June 22Bill C-29 “National Council for Reconciliation Act” introduced
C2A # 56June 22Bill C-29 “National Council for Reconciliation Act” introduced
Church
Apologies
C2A # 58June 23Pope’s itinerary for trip to Canada announced by Vatican
Youth Programs
C2A # 66June 14“From Discrimination to Meaningful Work: A Peek into the State of Urban Indigenous Youth Employment
Missing Children
C2A # 75May 17Update on federal support for community initiatives to respond to and heal from impacts of residential schools
May 17Update to “Fed. Govt. Disbursements”: Total Disbursements
May 18Update to “Fed. Govt. Disbursements”: Stólō Tribal Council
June 6Update on Sagkeen First Nation
June 8Fed. Govt. update on National Advisory Committee
June 15Manitoba Govt. commits $2.5M to find and memorialize missing children
June 16Update to Fort Alexander IRS: 92-yr-old priest arrested for sexual abuse
C2A # 76June 8Kimberly Murray appointed Special Interlocutor to coordinate government response to unmarked graves
Commemoration
C2A # 79June 7Indigenous members – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – appointed to Historic Sites and Monuments Board
June 7Update “Timelines to Amend Historical Sites and Monuments Board”
C2A # 79May 25Government of Canada commemorates the National Historic Significance of ancient village of Mehtawtik (Meductic)
C2A # 82June 23Alberta govt. “Request for Expression of Interest for Memorial” issued
Sports & Reconcil.
C2A # 91June 14Canada Olympic Committee releases Hosting concept recommendations
Business & Reconcil.
C2A # 92June 6National Indigenous Economic Strategy 2022: Pathways to Socioeconomic Parity for Indigenous Peoples” released
June 23Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Agreement signed

Other Issues

Other IssueDateAction or Commitment
Suicide
Prevention
June 1Newfoundland and Labrador release “Our Path to Resilience” a 5-year action plan to reduce suicide
June 10Alberta govt. ‘Youth Suicide Prevention Plan” invests $3M over 2 years to youth focused programs
EnvironmentJune 22New Marine Protected Area: Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay): (Indigenous Circle of Experts)
June 23First Nations order Fairy Creek protestors to leave their territory (Environmental Impacts)
June 29RCMP engaged by First Nations to facilitate removal of protestors (Environmental Impacts)
Treaties and
Land Claims
June 3Siksika F.N settles $1.5B Land Claim (Land Claims)
June 13Matawa Chief’s Council work towards solidifying approach to Ring of Fire Regional Environmental Assessment (Aboriginal Rights and Title)
June 29West Moberly loses fight against Site C dam in B.C. (Aboriginal Rights and Title)
June 30Lheidli T’Enneh declare they are tights and title holders for lands in Chilcotin region (Aboriginal Rights and Title)
Food InsecurityJune 30Tŝilhqot’in Nation condemns BC Govt destruction of moose harvest allocation in Chilcotin
June 30Cree Nation Government expresses its disappointment in Quebec’s lack of meaningful collaboration regarding the moose population situation in Zone 17

Indigenous Success Stories

ThemeDateDescription
Government
Commitments
May 27Murray Sinclair honoured with Order of Canada at Rideau Hall ceremony
June 8Canada Post issues Indigenous leaders stamps; Harry Daniels (Métis), Jose Kusugak (Inuit) and Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier (First Nation)
June 21Angela Davidson “Rainbow Eyes” appointed deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada
June 24Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement receives Royal assent
Child WelfareMay 30First Nations leaders launch National Assembly of Remote Communities
June 16Tobique First Nation ratifies its own Child and Family Well-Being Act
EducationMay 16Julie Francis appointed Head of L’Nu Health Chair at Cape Breton University
June 6Dr. Kathleen E. Absolon, MSW, PhD (Minogiizhigokwe) publishes “Kaanossiwan: How to Come to Know Indigenous re-Search Methodologies
June 7Dr. Vanessa Watts awarded President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning
Media & Rec.May 30First Nations University Indigenous Communications Arts journalism program begins summer institute
Business May 17AFOA and Harvard University partnership for Executive Education Program Certificate
EnvironmentMay 16Mary River mine expansion deflected
Treaties and
Land Claims
May 24Beaver House First Nation recognized after 116 years

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