Guide to getting the most out of Indigenous Watchdog?


Indigenous Watchdog (IW) aggregates a vast repository of curated data from multiple sources across Canada to track and report on what is happening with reconciliation – good and bad! What is working and what is not?

The question for a lot of users is where to start and how to navigate the information to find the answers you are looking for?

If you’re in a hurry, use the SEARCH function to gather relevant details on any number of issues. Type in any subject, theme, person, organization – including Indigenous words – to yield immediate results from throughout the IW site.

The two fastest ways to see ALL 94 TRC Calls to Action (C2A):

  1. TRC Calls to Action Status: m/d/y
    • 6-page post pinned to the top of the “Perspectives” Landing Page and accessible from the Top Menu Bar, updated every 6-8 weeks. Also accessible from the bottom of the Home Page via the link to the “TRC Calls to Action Status: m/d/y
      • 4 page colour-coded Table listing all 94 Calls to Action: which stakeholder is accountable for what outcome and their current status as of that date: Complete (), Not Started (RED), Stalled (YELLOW) and In Progress (GREEN)
      • 2 pages of Tables identifying how many and which Calls to Action are Complete, Not Started and Stalled
  2. “Explore All Calls to Action”
    • Accessible from “Calls to Action” on the Top Menu Bar or from the “Home” page by clicking the “Learn More” button under the Status Bar colour wheel
    • This one page allows you to navigate through ALL 22 C2A Themes and see the current status of ALL 94 C2A. See “Explore All Calls to Action” below for details

The intent of the website’s design is to allow users multiple ways to navigate the site and access information depending on your specific needs, time constraints, objectives and the level of detail required. For example, these are four examples of different user needs with varying degrees of access requirements:

  • Quick snapshot: What’s happening with the TRC and reconciliation right now?
  • Brief Overview: What are some key measures to track progress on various Calls to Action (C2A) and view summaries of their current status?
  • Theme and/or C2A Deep Dive: Explore any one of the 29 themes to access much more detail on each one (see details under “Call to Action Theme Landing Page” and “Call to Action Landing Page” below
  • Current Problem Deep Dive: Explore any of the 94 “Current Problems” (so far) organized under “Call to Action Theme” landing pages and the “Other Issues” landing pages. See below for list of all 94 Current Problems

Indigenous Watchdog has organized and presented the information to allow you to pick and choose how deep you want to go. What follows is a listing of six key sections identifying the organizational structure for the information and its relevance. Glancing at the descriptions of the contents under each section below you can decide where and how to navigate the site based to some degree on the user profiles above.

  1. Who’s doing what to advance reconciliation and who isn’t? Status Updates as of m/d/y
  2. Home Page
  3. Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation
  4. Explore ALL Calls to Action
  5. Calls to Action
  6. Other Issues

Who’s doing what to advance reconciliation and who isn’t? Status Updates as of m/d/y

This recurring post under “Perspectives” on the Top Menu Bar delivers a macro-level view of what is working and what is not in reconciliation and delivers a quick and easy view of how reconciliation is actually working in reality. Each post is basically an audit trail of everything that has been posted across all 29 Themes in Indigenous Watchdog roughly every 6-8 weeks.

This five minute read roughly every two months will be quite informative and insightful in succinctly highlighting what is happening across the country: one line sentences of actions and/or commitments, problems, successes and potential solutions across multiple themes. Of course, each one of the updates can be read for much more detail by navigating to the section to which it applies.

What’s Included?

#SectionDescription
1Bar GraphTrending % of C2A Stalled and Not Started: Sept. 15, 2019 (43%) through Aug. 20, 2022 (35%) – even after 7+ years
2C2A Status UpdatesHow many and which C2A are Not Started, Stalled, In Progress and Complete? Also identifies what %
3Status ChangeHow many and which C2As have changed status since the last update? This is where progress is mostly measured as the impact is immediate
4Indigenous Watchdog Updates






Includes a table highlighting a statistical count tracking how many changes have been registered across ALL of Indigenous Watchdog since 2020. Status updates identify how many positive actions and/or commitments stakeholders have made to advance reconciliation PLUS how many negative actions (Current Problems) stakeholders have taken that are impeding reconciliation across ALL themes. Sections include:

* Current Reality * Current Problems * Legacy C2As * Reconciliation C2As
* Govt Commitments * Other Issues * Indigenous Success Stories

Each entry identifies Theme and/or C2A, Date, C2A summary, location within IW and one sentence describing the update. C2A details do not apply to”Other Issues”.

“Home Page” on Top Menu Bar

The Home page is the launch pad to a number of the main sections of Indigenous Watchdog:

#SectionDescription
1Status Colour Wheel
A quick glimpse into the colour-coded % completion of all 94 C2A. What % are Complete (BLUE), Not Started (RED), Stalled (YELLOW) or In progress (GREEN). Click on each status to reveal the current % for each category
2Explore All Calls to ActionClick “Learn More” under the colour wheel of status updates to access a one-page view to access ALL 94 Calls to Action via the 22 Themes. Click each theme to expose all C2As related to that theme. See “Explore All Calls to Action” below for details.This page is also accessible from the “Calls to Action” Top Menu Bar as “Explore All Calls to Action
3Featured UpdatesHighlights the 10 most recent and important details from articles, news stories and other sources across ALL themes. A good way to stay current on what is happening NOW
4Government Commitments A macro-level distinctions-based view of federal, provincial and territory actions and commitments to each of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. See below for details
5Perspective Posts
Link to TRC Calls to Action Status Updates: m/d/y: 4-page colour coded summary of status of ALL 94 C2A plus lists of all C2A: Completed, Not Started or Stalled. Identifies in one line for each C2A who is accountable (Stakeholder) for what outcome (C2A)

Government Commitments to Truth Reconciliation

This section highlights each level of government (federal, provincial and territory) over-all commitment to Truth and Reconciliation by identifying and reporting on what specific actions and commitments each level of government ) has made to each of First Nations, Métis and Inuit as well as the negative actions that have created roadblocks.

#SectionDescription
1Current RealityWhat does the UN Human Rights Index reveal about the huge gap in living standards between Indigenous people and the rest of Canada
2Featured UpdatesHighlights the 10 most recent and important updates from articles, news stories and other sources specifically for Government Commitments
3Government CommitmentsHighlights all the positive actions and commitments made by all levels of government that can be explored by Stakeholder (federal, provincial and territory governments) or by Indigenous Group (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)
4Current ProblemsWhat negative actions are governments taking that are creating roadblocks to reconciliation for each of the Indigenous groups. Explore by Stakeholder of by Theme
5Background InformationRelevant background information to provide additional context for a theme or historical perspective
6Indigenous Success
Identifies Indigenous individuals, organizations, advocacy groups etc. whose success exemplifies Indigenous leadership, resiliency and success in each of the respective theme sections

“Explore All Calls to Action” under “Calls to Action” on Top Menu Bar

This sub-menu under the “Calls to Action” Top Menu Bar offers a one page view to scan ALL 94 Calls to Action without having to leave the page or navigate to other pages to access information. Go to this page if you want a quick view of the current status of all 94 Calls to Action and view an Infographic that delivers key metrics tracking how reconciliation for that theme is progressing or not.

#SectionDescription
1TRC DocumentationLinks to Principles of Reconciliation, Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action as well as to ALL volumes of the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report
2Featured UpdatesHighlights the 10 most recent and important updates from articles, news stories and other sources for ALL C2A Themes. A good way to stay current on what in a specific theme right NOW
3% Status Colour-coded line graph depicting the % of C2A that are either Completed (BLUE), Not Started (RED), Stalled (YELLOW) or In Progress (GREEN)
494 Calls to Action ListClick each theme to expose all C2A related to that theme. Themes under Legacy C2A and “Other Issues” also have an Infographic with relevant tracking metrics. Identifies
C2A, C2A status, and a link to “Learn More”. Link to “Reconciliation” exposes a list of all 15 Themes. Select each theme to expose relevant C2As, C2A status, and a link to “Read More”

“Calls to Action Theme” Landing Page

Each of the 22 C2A “Theme” Landing Pages follow the same basic format and gather and present information relevant to each particular theme.

1InfographicAll the Legacy Calls to Action and most of the “Other Issues” have an Infographic with tracking metrics charting how that C2A is progressing – or not.
2
Current RealityA brief snapshot of relevant details, often from multiple sources, to paint a realistic picture of what the current status for that specific theme based on actions taken or problems encountered
3C2A StatusA one-line listing for each C2A identifying stakeholder and expected outcome, current status and a link to “Learn More” or “Read More” for more details specific to that Call to Action. See detailed “Call to Action Landing Page” description identifying all sections below
4Featured UpdatesA list of the 10 most important updates across all C2A for that specific “Theme”
5Current ProblemsWhat negative actions are government and other stakeholders taking that are creating roadblocks to reconciliation for each particular theme. There are currently 66 “Problems/Issues identified across all the C2A that can be explored by Stakeholder or by Theme
6Background ContentRelevant background information to provide additional context for a theme or historical perspective
7Indigenous Success StoriesIdentifies Indigenous individuals, organizations, advocacy groups etc. whose success exemplifies Indigenous leadership, resiliency and success in each of the respective theme sections

“Calls to Action” Landing Page

Each of the “Calls to Action” follow the same organizing principles and structure to establish consistency in the way the information is presented.

#SectionDescription
1C2A DescriptionA complete description of the Call to Action as expressed in the TRC Summary Report
2Why “Not Started”, “Stalled” “Complete” or “In Progress”A brief objective explanation of the current status based on the detailed evidence presented for each C2A as to why that specific C2A is either Complete (BLUE), Not Started (RED), Stalled (YELLOW) or In Progress (GREEN). Also identifies dates for the current status as well as that of the previous
3Latest UpdatesHighlights the 10 latest updates by date for that specific Call to Action
4Actions and CommitmentsHundreds of positive actions and commitments delivered and/or made by all stakeholders who are accountable for specific C2A outcomes sorted by jurisdiction (Federal, Provincial and Territory governments) and all other stakeholders. Can be explored by Stakeholder or by Theme
5Background InformationRelevant background information to provide additional context for a theme or historical perspective

“Other Issues” Landing Page

Each of the “Other Issues” do not have a specific Call to Action dedicated to them although they are referenced throughout the TRC Final Report and in a number of the Calls to Action as part of a larger narrative. As such theses Theme do not have a specific C2A description or a “Status Update” associated with them. Their over-all structure is quite similar to the “C2A Theme” Landing Page

#SectionDescription
1Other Issues Sub-MenuSub-menu lists seven additional Issues: Food Insecurity, Drinking Water Advisories, Suicide Prevention, Housing, Environment, Urban Commitments to Reconciliation and Treaties and Land Claims
2InfographicFood Insecurity, Drinking Water Advisories, Suicide Prevention and Urban Commitments ALL have an Infographic depicting why these areas are of particular concern
3Current RealityA brief snapshot of relevant details, often from multiple sources, to paint a realistic picture of what the current status is for that specific “Other Issues” theme
4Featured UpdatesA listing the 10 most important updates across all the “Other Issues” arranged by most recent date
5Current ProblemsWhat negative actions are government and other stakeholders taking that are creating roadblocks to reconciliation for each particular “Other Issues” theme
6Background InformationRelevant background information to provide additional context or historical perspective for a theme
7Indigenous Success StoriesIdentifies Indigenous individuals, organizations, advocacy groups etc. whose success exemplifies Indigenous leadership, resiliency and success in each of the respective theme sections

Current Problems and Issues (94 in total)

Legacy Calls to Action (28)Reconciliation Calls to Action (38)Other Issues (25)
Child Welfare
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
Bill C-92
Jordan’s Principle
Court Challenges
Government and Institutional Issues
UNDRIP
Indigenous opposition to UNDRIP
Bill C-15 Action Plan
Problems with BC UNDRIP Bill
Provincial Opposition
Federal Conservative opposition
Food Insecurity
Food Insecurity Strategies
Food Insecurity reports


Education
Indigenous History
Curriculum Revisions
Education Initiatives
Systemic Racism
Misleading Update Information
Nat’l Council for Reconciliation
Lack of updates on C2A
Misleading Update Information


Urban Commitments
Yellowknife Indigenous role
Systemic Racism in Montreal



Language and Culture
Concern about Québec’s Bill 96
Inuktitut Language Issues
Language and Treaty Rights
Nunavut Education Update
Objections to Bill C-92
Cultural Appropriation
Professional Dev. for Civil Servants
PSAC Issues with Federal Govt.




Drinking Water Advisories
Long Term DWA
Class Action Lawsuit
Drinking Water Issues
Drinking Water emergencies

Health
Systemic Racism
Ongoing Health Crisis
COVID-19
Heath Care Reform

Church Apologies & Reconciliation
Failure in Fund Raising Efforts
Pope Francis Apology
Indig. leader responses to apology
Calls for Queen to apologize
In-Kind Payments
Misleading Update Information
Environment
Specific Industry Env. Issues
Environmental Impacts
Climate Change
Forest Management

Justice
Systemic Racism in Policing
Systemic Racism in the RCMP
Federal and Provincial Justice Inquiries
Legislative Issues
Supreme Court
Targeted Indigenous groups
Youth and Reconciliation
Youth Reconciliation Barometer 2019





Housing
Indigenous Housing Reports
Homelessness
Fire Protection on reserves
Urban Indig. Housing Strategy

Museums and Archives
Outdated Prime Minister Biographies
Systemic Racism


Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Plans
States of Emergency
No Child Left Behind
Breaking Point: Suicide Crisis
Missing Children & Burial Information
Discoveries of unmarked graves
Kamloops Residential School
Appeal to Int’l Criminal Court
Catholic Orgs refusal to give records
Coroner’s reports
Misleading Update Information
Treaties and Land Claims
Land Claims
Aboriginal Rights and Title
Duty to Consult / FPIC
Indigenous Governance
Supreme Court

Nat’l Centre for Truth and Reconcil.
Catholic Orgs refusal to give records
Residential School records
Govt. commitments to provide records
Misleading update information
Government Commitments
First Nations
Métis
Inuit

Commemoration
PM Trudeau vacation on Sept. 30
Conservative senators kill legislation
Media and Reconciliation
Media Protests and the RCMP
Media transgressions
Sports and Reconciliation
Mtl. Canadians Land Acknowledgment
Iroquois Nationals passport issue
Aboriginal Sports Circle snubbed
Business and Reconciliation
Legislative and Institutional Barriers
Individual Business issues
Duty to Consult

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