Who’s advancing reconciliation and who isn’t? Status Updates: Oct. 16, 2022


Calls to Action Status: Oct. 16, 2022

Not StartedStalledIn ProgressComplete
15214711
16%22.3%50.0%11.7%
StatusLegacy Calls to Action
(1-42) + 50-52, 62-65
Reconciliation
Calls to Action
Not Started2, 6, 9, 26, 34, 42, 51, 52, 6445, 46, 47, 55, 56, 89
Stalled8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 29, 30, 32, 4158, 62, 71, 77, 78, 87, 92, 93
Complete13, 1549, 59, 68, 70, 80, 83, 84, 85, 94
Legacy Calls to Action include “Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System (50-52)” and “Education for Reconciliation” (62-65) in order to keep all “Justice” and “Education” Calls to Action aggregated in one location

Is C2A # 80 “COMPLETE”?

Federal government to establish, as a statutory holiday , a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 has come and gone amid much discussion about how Canada as a whole – federal, provincial, territory and municipal – is recognizing this day to “honour Survivors, their families, and communities and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remain a vital component of the reconciliation process”.

Although technically complete, the reality is that 8 provinces with 93.2% of the Indigenous population in Canada DO NOT recognize Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday. (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador). Only 2 provinces and all three territories with 6.8% of the Indigenous population have recognized Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday. (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon)

Indigenous Watchdog Updates

The following presents a year-to-date statistical snapshot of stakeholder actions across ALL themes that are either advancing reconciliation (Legacy and Reconciliation C2As and Government Commitments) or creating roadblocks (Current Problems):

Section20202021Feb. 11, 2022May 13, 2022July 4, 2022Aug. 20, 2022Oct. 16, 20222022
YTD
Current Reality2647712961046
Current Problems1892131544404254195
Legacy C2As961592027192234122
Reconciliation C2As558882021191886
Govt. Commitments8641129
Total366507501119593127 478
Other Issues811131648
Indigenous Success Stories171391453

Notes:

  • Current Reality includes ALL 94 Calls to Action + Other Issues
  • Legacy C2As, Reconciliation C2As and Govt. Commitments represent positive steps that advance reconciliation
  • Current Problems includes all “Calls to Action” plus “Other Issues” and “Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation sections
  • “Other Issues” presents information on Drinking Water Advisories, Food Insecurity, Urban Commitments to Reconciliation, Housing, Environment and Treaties and Land Claims

New Sections:

SectionCall to Action TheesWhere located
2021 Census DataGovernment CommitmentsHome Page: Background Content
Indigenous Cultural SuccessLanguage and CultureHome Page: Background Content
Indigenous Addiction and the Justice SystemJusticeHome Page: Background Content
Indigenous Identity and Indigenous LawJusticeC2A # 42: Background Content
Voices of Youth Indigenous LeadersYouth ProgramsC2A # 66: Explore Problems by Theme
Repatriating Indigenous ArtefactsMuseum and ArchivesCurrent Problems: Explore by Theme
Shifting Focus: Kent Monkman and the ROMMuseum and ArchivesHome Page: Background Content
Moved to Action: Activating UNDRIP in MuseumsMuseum and ArchivesC2A # 67: Explore by Theme
Remembering the ChildrenCommemoration
Media and Reconciliation
C2A # 80: Explore by Theme
C2A # 85: Explore by Theme
Perspectives on Duty to ConsultBusiness and ReconciliationC2A # 92: Explore by Theme

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

JurisdictionDateIndigenous
Group
Comment
FederalAug. 24FN, M, ICanada and Aotearoa – New Zealand sign Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement “to promote and advance the priorities of Indigenous people in both countries”
FederalAug. 26FN, M, IGovernment officials and residential school survivors raise Survivor’s Flag on Parliament Hill
BCAug. 30FNS’ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance heritage sites receive new legal protections
SKSept. 1FN, MGovernment of Saskatchewan is seeking feedback on the First Nations and Métis Constitution Policy Framework (CPF)
ABAug. 23FNTreaty 6 Monument unveiled as commemoration of the past and hope for the future
MBSept. 26FNLeaders, health officials sign health-care anti-racism declaration and acknowledge Indigenous specific racism in Northern Manitoba’s health- care system
ABSept. 28FN, MAlberta Provincial Court releases “Indigenous Justice Strategy” to ensure Alberta judges and staff have a clear understanding of Indigenous history, heritage and laws
FederalSept. 28FN, M, IFederal ministers honour Joyce Echaquan and reaffirm commitment to addressing anti-Indigenous racism in Canada’s health care system
ONOct. 1FN, MCanada and Anishinabek First Nations commemorate historic milestone on self-government agreement
PEOct. 1FNPrince Edward Island celebrates 4th annual Treaty Day
NLOct. 5FN, INewfoundland and Labrador Speech from the Throne: section on Reconciliation
FN = First Nations; M = Métis; I = Inuit
Home Page – Current Problems in Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation
Update to “First Nations”
Aug. 30, 2022: The political relationship between First Nations and the government of Québec needs to be fixed: Québec 2022 Provincial election
Update to :”First Nations”
Sept. 29, 2022: National Chief says Canada’s reconciliation actions taking long road, 40 years away
Update to “First Nations”
Oct. 3, 2022: Backed into a Corner“; Duncan First Nation sues Alberta for cumulative environmental impacts of industry on their traditional territory
Update to “First Nations”
Oct. 5, 2022: Justice Department shuts Native Women’s Association of Canada out of Federal, Provincial, Territory ministers meeting with Indigenous leaders, ignoring their expertise on critical gender-based issues
Home Page: Background Content
NEW SECTION: 2021 Indigenous Census Data
Sept. 21, 2022: Indigenous population hits 1.8M, growing at 2x the rate of non-Indigenous Canadians (2021 census data). “In general, respondents have been more likely to identify as Indigenous over time”

Legacy Calls to Action

Child Welfare

Home Page – Current Reality
NEW INFOGRAPHIC
Sept. 21, 2022: 3.2% of ALL Indigenous children in foster care vs 0.2% non-Indigenous children
Update to # of children in foster care in child welfare system
Sept. 21, 2022: Indigenous children in Child Welfare has increased from 52.2% (2016 census ) to 53.8% (2021 census. Indigenous children 0-14 represent 7.7% of the population in Canada
Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
Sept. 15, 2022: Statement from First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada on federal government’s compensation agreement that still negatively impacts a number of other Indigenous victims
Update to “Systemic Discrimination”
Sept. 19, 2022: Experts warn ending birth alerts not the only solution to keep Indigenous children with their family
Update to “Systemic Discrimination”
Sept. 21, 2022:The bond is broken“. Data shows Indigenous kids are over-represented in foster care
Update to “Jordan’s Principle”
Sept. 22, 2022: AFN Bulletin: Update on First Nations Child and Family Services and Jordan’s Principle compensation
Update to “Systemic Racism”
Oct. 5, 2022: New investigation into allegations of rights abuse of an Inuk child placed in isolation in Youth Centre
Update to “Systemic Racism”
Oct. 6, 2022: AMC sues Manitoba, Canada for $1B over damage caused by child welfare system

Education

Home Page: Current Problems
Update to “Indigenous History”
Aug. 25, 2022: 46% of Québecers credit Jacques Cartier for the discovery of Canada vs 11% who picked Indigenous peoples
Update to: “Systemic Racism”: Ontario
Oct. 4, 2022: Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare calls for action to address systemic inequalities in Ontario education system
Call to Action # 11

Federal government to provide funding to end backlog for First Nations post-secondary education

Update to “Federal Post-Secondary Funding”
Sept. 1, 2022: Government of Canada launches pilot initiative to further support Indigenous Master’s students
Call to Action # 12

Federal, provincial and territory governments to develop culturally appropriate early childhood education programs

Update to “Provincial, Territory commitments to Early Learning and Childhood” programs: Saskatchewan
Sept. 20, 2022: Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Early Learning Language program expands to include all regions and Cree
Update to Indigenous Response to Early Learning Framework (ELF)”
Oct. 5, 2022: Grand Council Treaty # 3, Kenora District Services Board and Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board sign an MOU to work together to improve affordable housing and Early Years Child Care education
Home Page – Background Content
Update to “Background Context for Early Learning Framework
Sept. 13, 2022: Experts urge new Early Learning and Childcare plan to green children’s spaces and integrate environment into their learning

Education for Reconciliation

Call to Action # 62

Federal, provincial and territory government consultations on Indigenous education reform: curriculum content, funding

Update to “Mandatory government K-12 commitments to Indigenous curriculum”: Alberta
Sept. 9, 2022: Dene, Cree, Métis to form Fort Chipewyan community-based education authority
Update to “Mandatory government K-12 commitments to Indigenous curriculum”: BC
Sept. 16, 2022: First Métis Education Agreement in Canada creates culturally responsive education system for Métis citizens in K-12
Update to “Mandatory government K-12 commitments to Indigenous curriculum”: Newfoundland & Labrador
Oct 6, 2022: NunatuKavut Education MOU lays out 30-day deadline to create a working group to strengthen ties and provide more education in Inuttitut and traditional knowledge in schools
Call to Action # 65

Federal Govt. and SSHRC to establish a National Research Program with multi-year funding

Update to “University Actions Towards Indigenous Research Practices”: University of Northern BC
Aug. 29, 2022: University of Northern BC to create Indigenous Research Ambassador Program to introduce responsible, culturally sensitive and collaborative community-based research tools
Update to: “University Actions to Towards Indigenous Research Practices: Yukon University
Sept. 8, 2022: Yukon First Nations Climate Action Fellowship releases draft summary “Reconnection Vision and Action Plan” for engagement to decolonize climate policy in the north
Update to: “University Actions to Towards Indigenous Research Practices: Vancouver Island University
Sept. 28, 2022: Vancouver Island University using technology to support Indigenous Data Sovereignty

Language and Culture

Home Page – Current Reality
Update Infographic and narrative
Sept. 17, 2022: The number of Indigenous language speakers has declined from 17.2% (2016 census) to 13.8% (2021 census). However, the number of indigenous youth who are actively learning languages has increased by 7%

Home Page: Background Content

Update to ‘Indigenous Languages in Canada”
Aug. 17, 2022: 2021 census records fewer Indigenous language speakers but bumps in younger generation

Aug. 30, 2022: Typotheque typography project aims to protect Indigenous languages from “digital extinction”

Sept. 17, 2022:Giving Indigenous Languages a Voice“: a new podcast to revitalize Anishinaabemowin
NEW SECTION: Indigenous Cultural Success
Aug. 24, 2022: Anishinabek Nation sites education as a key priority discussion during latest UNDRIP engagement session
Call to Action # 14
Update to “Actions and Commitments”: Saskatchewan
Aug. 24, 2022: Preserving and Promoting Dakota Language Through High School Curriculum

Health

Home Page: Current Problems
Update to “Ongoing Health Crisis”
Sept. 6, 2022: Beast of Addiction in Indigenous communities remains untamed
Update to: “Ongoing Health Crisis”
Sept. 11, 2022: James Smith Cree Nation Chief calls for drug treatment centre for victims of knife attacks
Update to Systemic Racism: Ontario
Sept. 13, 2022: Niagara Health signs are part of commitment to Indigenous community

Oct. 5, 2022: Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority release “Diabetes” and “Childhood Vaccine Coverage” reports that reaffirm trends of poor health outcomes and underfunded systems for First Nations

Oct. 13, 2022: How stereotypes led to the deaths of two Indigenous men in Thunder Bay police custody: expert
Update to “Systemic Racism”: Nova Scotia
Sept. 21, 2022: Family wants answers after Mi’kmaw grandmother dies unexpectedly in Cape Breton hospital
Update to “Systemic Racism”: BC
Sept. 22, 2022: BC Human Rights Tribunal rejects attempt to derail Union of BC Indian Chiefs challenge to Liver Transplant discrimination
Update to “Systemic Racism”: Québec
Sept. 26, 2022: Québec’s Indigenous sensitivity training falls short, say healthcare workers

Sept. 29, 2022: Family of Joyce Echaquan files $2.7M lawsuit against Québec public health agency
Update to “Systemic Racism”: Manitoba
Sept. 26, 2022: Leaders and health officials acknowledge Indigenous specific racism in northern Manitoba health care systems

Oct. 12, 2022: Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and AFN Manitoba call for restructuring medical transportation system after delayed medical response for First Nation infant
Update to “”Systemic Racism”: Federal
Sept. 28, 2022: Federal ministers honour Joyce Echaquan and re-affirm commitment to addressing anti-Indigenous racism in Canada’s health system
Update to ‘Systemic Racism”: Alberta
Oct. 12, 2022: Nations of Blackfoot Confederacy file claim against Indigenous Services Canada program: Persons with Development Disabilities
Call to Action # 18

Federal, provincial, territory and Aboriginal governments to recognize and implement healhcare rights of Indigenous people

Update to “Govt. Recognition of Indigenous Rights to Health”: Manitoba
Sept. 26, 2022: Leaders, health officials sign health-care anti-racism declaration and acknowledge Indigenous specific racism in Northern Manitoba’s health-care system
Call to Action # 21

Federal government to provide ongoing funding for existing and new Aboriginal Healing Centre

Update to: “Investments in Indigenous Healing Centres“: Manitoba
Oct. 4, 2022: Indigenous organization celebrates grand opening of multiple services and Health Centre: Keepers of the Circle office and Mino M’shkiki Health Centre
Call to Action # 22

Health leaders to recognize value and use of Indigenous healing practices

Update to “Indigenous Healing Practices”
Oct. 12, 2022: Anishinabek Nation lends support to Indigenous diabetes international conference promoting Indigenous ways and knowledge

Justice

Home Page – Current problems
Update to “Systemic Racism in Policing“: Nova Scotia
Sept. 1, 2022: Committee recommendations on Collection of Race-based Police Data
Update to “Systemic Racism in RCMP”
Sept. 7, 2022: Calls for action after Haida elder killed by police after calling them for help
Update to: AFN – Canada MOU on Joint Priorities: Policing
Sept. 29, 2022: Make Indigenous Policing essential
Update to “Systemic Racism in Policing”: Vancouver Police
Sept. 28, 2022: Heiltsuk grandfather and granddaughter reach ground-breaking agreement with Vancouver Police Board to settle Human Rights complaint
Update to: Targeted Indigenous Groups”
Sept. 30, 2022: Why aren’t we talking about it? The forgotten cases of missing Indigenous men and boys
Update to “AFN-Canada MOU on Joint Priorities: Policing
Oct. 11, 2022: Manitoba Government to Advance Priorities at Upcoming Annual Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Justice and Public Safety
Update to “Systemic Racism in Police”: Newfoundland and Labrador
Oct. 12, 2022: Royal Newfoundland Constabulary refusal to acknowledge systemic racism ‘very troubling’ says Indigenous group (First Voice)
Update to “Supreme Court”
Oct 12, 2022: Supreme Court to hear case on whether Indigenous governments are subject to Charter scrutiny
Home Page – Background Content
NEW SECTION: Indigenous Addiction and the Justice System
Sept. 8, 2022: The beast of addiction in Indigenous communities remains untamed
Update to “Indigenous Addiction and the Justice System
Sept. 11, 2022: James Smith Cree Nation Chief calls for drug treatment centre for victims of knife attacks
Call to Action # 27

Federation of Law Societies of Canada to ensure lawyers receive cultural competency & Indigenous rights training

Update to “Commitment of Law Societies”
Sept. 29, 2022: The Advocates Society, the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario publish the first supplement to the “Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous People
Update to “Commitment of Law Societies
Oct. 11: Sustaining progress in Indigenous legal education (Canadian Bar Association)
Call to Action # 28

Faculties of Law to require mandatory law school course on Aboriginal people and the law

Update to “Faculties of Law”
Oct. 11: Sustaining progress in Indigenous legal education (Canadian Bar Association)
Call to Action # 29

Federal Government and Parties to reach agreements with those excluded from the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement

Update to “Settlements for parties excluded form IRSSA : Indian Day Schools
Oct. 5, 2022: Individuals who attended Federal Indian Residential Schools as Day Scholars can apply for a $10,000 compensation payment
Call to Action # 30

Federal, Provincial and Territory governments commit to eliminate overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in custody

Update to “Govt. actions to reduce overrepresentation: BC
Sept.23, 2022: Government of BC funds pilot program to address structural factors contributing to over representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system
Update to ““Govt. actions to reduce overrepresentation: Alberta
Sept. 28, 2022: Alberta Provincial Court releases “Indigenous Justice Strategy” to ensure judges and staff have a clear understanding of Indigenous history, heritage and laws
Update to “Govt. Actions to Reduce Overrepresentation”: Saskatchewan
Oct. 7, 2022: Indigenous-Led program to help women transition back into their community
Update to “Govt. Actions to Reduce Overrepresentation”: Manitoba
Oct. 11, 2022: Addressing the overrepresentation of Red River Métis people in the justice system in Manitoba
Call to Action # 31

Federal, Provincial and Territory governments to provide stable funding to implement alternatives to imprisonment

Update to “Indigenous-led Restorative Justice Programs”: Manitoba
Aug. 25, 2022: Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) launches Restorative Justice Digital Wellness Program
Call to Action # 33

Federal, Provincial and Territory governments to develop culturally relevant FASD prevention programs

Update to “Other Government Responses to FASD Programs”: BC
Sept. 9, 2022: BC Representative for Children and Youth releases “Hands, Not Hurdles” to mark International FASD awareness Day
Call to Action # 35

Federal governments to eliminate barriers to the creation of new Aboriginal Healing Lodges

Update to “Provincial Healing Lodges”: Manitoba
Sept. 26, 2022: Manitoba government establishing two additional Healing Lodges within existing corrections centres
Call to Action # 38

Federal, Provincial and Territory governments commit to reduce overrepresentation of Aboriginal youth in jail

Update to: Govt. actions to reduce overrepresentation: Manitoba
Oct. 3, 2022: Manitoba government partners with community organizations to provide culturally safe and supportive programming aimed at reducing Indigenous youth involvement in justice system
Update to “Govt. Programs to Improve Access to Justice for Aboriginal Youth: Manitoba
Oct. 4, 2022: New program to reduce the number of Manitoba Indigenous youth in custody
Call to Action # 41

Federal government to appoint a public inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Update to “Indigenous Response to MMIWG Final Report”: Union of Ontario Chiefs
Oct. 4, 2022: Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare calls for immediate funding to support First Nations women and girls and 2SLGTQQIA+” people on National Day of Action
Update to “Indigenous Response to MMIWG Final Report”: BCAFN
Oct. 4, 2022: BC Assembly of First Nations supports families “Calls for Justice” as vigils marked across the country for MMIWG2S+
Call to Action # 42

Federal, Provincial and Territory governments commit to recognize and implement Aboriginal Justice Systems

Update to “AFN – Canada MOU on Joint Priorities: Policing”: Alberta
Sept. 6, 2022: Community Policing Grant applications now open

Sept. 23, 2022: Siksika Nation to take over policing from the RCMP
Update to “AFN – Canada MOU on Joint Priorities: Policing: Federal Government
Sept. 21, 2022: Ottawa aims to table legislation this fall making Indigenous policing essential
NEW SECTION: Indigenous Identity and Indigenous Law
Oct. 13, 2022: Union of BC Indian Chiefs backs Turpel-Lafond after investigation questions her Indigenous heritage
Background Content: Update to “Indigenous Law vs Aboriginal Law
Sept. 30, 2022: Reconciling the contradictions in Aboriginal and Indigenous law

Reconciliation Calls to Action

Royal Proclamation and Covenant of Reconciliation

Home Page – Background Content
Update to “What is the Doctrine of Discovery?”
Sept. 14, 2022: Some Indigenous leaders concerned about reconciliation with new monarch
Call to Action # 47

Federal, provincial, territory and municipal governments to repudiate Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius

Home Page – Background Content
Update to “Calls for Queen to apologize”
Sept. 14, 2022: Some Indigenous leaders concerned about reconciliation with new monarch

Church Apologies and Reconciliation

Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Queens’ apology to survivors
Sept. 11, 2022: Queen missed opportunity to right colonial wrongs, critics say

Sept. 14, 2022: Some Indigenous leaders concerned about reconciliation with new monarch
Update to “Failure in Fund Raising Efforts”
Oct. 1, 2022: Catholic Church says it will take 4 more years to raise $30M for survivors
Call to Action # 58

Pope Francis to apologize to residential school survivors for the role of the Roman Catholic Church

Update to “Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops”
Sept. 29, 2022: Bishops of Canada deepen their commitments to walk together with Indigenous partners on the healing and reconciliation journey

Youth Programs

Federal government to provide multi-year funding for community-based youth programs

Home Page – Current Problems
NEW SECTION: Voices of Youth Indigenous leaders
Oct. 12, 2022: Young Indigenous leaders give voice to Truth and Reconciliation to the Senate

Museum and Archives

Home Page – Current Problems
New Section: “Repatriating Indigenous Artifacts
Oct. 10, 2022: Yukon researchers bring Indigenous history home from museums in Ottawa and the Vatican
Home page – Background Content
NEW SECTION: Shifting the Focus: Kent Monkman at the ROM
Oct. 5, 2022: Being Legendary“: An exhibition inside a museum that draws attention to the colonial failings of museums and how they acquired artefacts
Call to Action # 67

Federal government to provide funding to Canadian Museums Association for a national review of museum policies and best practices to determine level of compliance with UNDRIP

Update to “Why In Progress?”
Sept. 27, 2022: Canadian Museums Association releases “Moved to Action: Activating UNDRIP in Museums” with 10 recommendations and 30 new standards for museums for Indigenous engagement and partnership
NEW SECTION: Moved to Action: Activating UNDRIP in Museums
Sept. 27, 2022: Canadian Museums Association releases “Moved to Action: Activating UNDRIP in Museums” with 10 recommendations and 30 new standards for museums for Indigenous engagement and partnership

Missing Children and Burial Information

Home Page – Current problem
Update to: “Difficulties in Accessing Residential School Records”
Sept. 14, 2022: Access to residential school records an ongoing challenge, people tell unmarked burials gathering

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)

Home Page – Current Reality
Update to “Current Reality”
Aug. 26, 2022: Government officials, the NCTR and residential school survivors raise Survivor’s Flag on Parliament Hill
Home Page – Background Content
Update to “Residential School History”
Sept. 22, 2022: Royal Canadian Mint supports reconciliation with keepsake honouring the victims and survivors of Residential, Day and Boarding Schools

Commemoration

Home Page: Current Reality
Update to “Current Reality”
Sept. 30, 2022: BC., Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador are all still opposed to designating Sept. 30 a statutory holiday. Yukon has committed to designating Set. 30 a statutory holiday in 2023

Call to Action # 79

Federal government and Canadian Heritage to develop reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration

Update to “Actions and Commitments”: Fed. Govt. and Canadian Heritage
Aug. 30, 2022: Government of Canada supports projects across Canada to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Call to Action # 80

Federal government to establish a statutory holiday, “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”

Update to “Why Complete”
Sept. 30, 2022: Although technically complete, the reality is that 8 provinces with 93.2% of the Indigenous population in Canada DO NOT recognize Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday. 2 provinces and all three territories have recognized and enacted Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday.
NEW SECTION: “Remembering the Children”
Sept. 1, 2022: “Remembering the Children“: APTN and NCTR host national live event from Ottawa on Sept. 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Update to “Provinces, Territories Opposed to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”
Sept. 14, 2022: Newfoundland and Labrador to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30
Sept. 15, 2022: Manitoba government acknowledges Sept. 30 as Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sept. 29, 2022: Province says not today to Orange Shirt Day statutory bill
Sept. 30, 2022: BC First Nations concerned that Sept. 30 isn’t a provincial statutory holiday
Sept. 15, 2022: Saskatchewan Federation of Labour calls for a “Day for Truth and Reconciliation” to be a statutory holiday
Update to “Provinces, Territories in favour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”
Sept. 7, 2022:What We Heard” report details feedback on proposed National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Oct. 6, 2022: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on track to become a statutory holiday in the Yukon in 2023

Media and Reconciliation

Call to Action # 85

Aboriginal Peoples TV Network to continue supporting reconciliation

NEW SECTION: “Remembering the Children
Sept. 1, 2022: “Remembering the Children“: APTN and NCTR host national live event from Ottawa on Sept. 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Business and Reconciliation

Call to Action # 92

Corporate Canada to adopt UNDRIP as a reconciliation framework to apply to pollcies and operations

Update to ‘Individual Business Initiatives”
Aug. 31, 2022: “Final Site Closure Allocation” includes $10M for work in Indigenous communities
Update to “CCAB: Progressive Aboriginal Relations
Sept. 6., 2022: Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business announce Canadian corporations to be recognized for achieving Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification
Update to “Indigenous Business Organizations”: Indigenous Resource Network
Sept. 20, 2022: Indigenous leaders, “We’re tired of managing poverty”
Update to “Individual Industry initiatives”: HydroOne
Sept. 22, 2022: HydroOne launches industry leading 50-50 equity model with First Nations new large scale transmission line projects
Update to “Individual Industry initiatives”: Enbridge
Sept. 28, 2022: Enbridge to sell stakes in seven pipelines to Indigenous groups for $1.12B
Update to “Individual Business Initiatives”
Oct. 10, 2022: First Nations Leadership Council stands with Squamish Nation in support ofSen̓áḵw
NEW SECTION: “Perspectives on Duty to Consult”
Oct. 5, 2022: First Nations increasingly moving from accommodation to equity and shared ownership

Other Issues

Drinking Water Advisories

Home Page – Current Reality
Update “Infographic” and “Drinking Water Advisory Table”
Sept. 15, 2022: 135 long-term DWAs have been lifted (81% of target completed). 31 long-term Drinking Water Advisories are still effect in 28 communities

Food Insecurity

Update to ‘Food Insecurity Reports”
Oct. 3, 2022: Indigenous Food Sovereignty requires better and more accurate data collection
Home Page – Background Content
Update to “Govt. Programs to Address Food Insecurity”
Sept. 21, 2022: Indigenous communities, businessses get support to increase food security through Indigenous Food Systems and Agriculture Partnership Program

Housing

Home Page – Current Reality
Add 2021 census data
Sept. 17, 2022: 2021 census finds that 17.1% of Indigenous people live in crowded housing and 16.4% live in homes in need of major repairs with the worst conditions in the prairies
Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Indigenous Housing Reports”
Sept. 22, 2022: 2021 Census Data: Encouraging signs in First Nations Housing. The figures mark an improvement in recent years but still show work lays ahead
Home Page: Background Content
Update to “Indigenous Housing Reports”
Oct. 6, 2022: Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) “Blueprint for Housing – Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing: Implementing Reconciliation for Indigenous People
Update to “Government Programs”: Alberta
Oct. 3, 2022: Home ownership key to Indigenous Housing project
Update to “Homelessness”
Oct. 5, 2022: Grand Council Treaty # 3, Kenora District Services Board and Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board agree to sign an MOU to work together to improve affordable housing and Early Years Child Care education

Suicide Prevention

Home Page – Current Reality
NEW: Announcement of a Mental Health crisis line
Aug. 31, 2022: CRTC to implement new 9-8-8 number for mental health issues and suicide prevention
Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Suicide Prevention Plans”
Sept. 12, 2022: Inuvialuit Settlement Region releases “Suicide Prevention StrategyMoving Forward
Update to “No Child Left Behind”
Oct. 3, 2022: Advocate’s first recommendation monitoring report stemming from the “Youth Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Review
Update to “Suicide States of Emergency”
Oct. 5, 2022: Northwest Territories government needs to reckon with issues contributing to suicides of young people, says Health Minister
Home Page – Background Content
Update to “National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy”
Oct. 6, 2022: New $11 million investment to strengthen National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy

Oct. 11, 2022: Talking, bonding, making qamutiit: Government of Nunavut program takes suicide prevention program on the road

Environment

Home Page – Current problems
Update to “Environmental Impacts”
Aug. 23, 2022: Multiple threats to Pacific salmon fishery: Governments of Canada and BC double funding and extend pacific salmon program
Update to “Environmental Impacts”
Aug. 25, 2022: Minister Guilbault is visiting region in Québec to discuss protection of Caribou
Update to “Environmental Impacts”
Aug. 30, 2022: Trying to Save Our Fish“: BC First Nations appeal a court ruling in an attempt to restore the Nechako River
Update to “Environmental Impacts”
Sept. 6, 2022: Duncan First Nation suing Alberta over cumulative environmental impacts
Update to “Environmental Impacts”
Sept. 28, 2022: Indigenous leaders: “First Nations partnerships will lead the way north”
Update to “Forest Management”: Ontario
Oct. 4, 2022: Three First Nations have filed for legal action against Ontario over Boreal forests
Update to “Environmental Impacts”
Oct. 7, 2022: Moose conservation in Eeyou Istchee and proposed Cree guidelines respecting the allowable harvest limit in Zone 17
Update to “Climate Change”
Oct. 13, 2022: ‘Salmon’ are the heartbeat of our coast, our people, everything around us
Home Page: Background Content
Update to “Specific Industry Environmental Issues”
Sept. 1, 2022: Deep Geologic Repository in Treaty # 3 Territory: Statement by Anishinaabe Nation that decision will be governed by Manito Aki Inakonigaawin (Great Earth Law)
Update to “Specific Industry Environmental Issues”
Sept. 13, 2022: Muskrat Falls Monitoring and Health Management Oversight Committees announced
Update to “Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE)”
Sept. 20, 2022: Indigenous conservation is key to protecting wilderness in Canada, report says

Sept. 22, 2022: ICE: Up to $40M in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding now available

Treaties and Land Claims

Home Page – Current Problems
Update to “Land Claims”
Aug. 30, 2022: Federal and Ontario governments settle flooding claim with First Nations after more than 100 years
Update to “Land Claims”
Sept. 12, 2022: 1492 Land Back Lane – Dispute over proposed development near Caledonia and Six Nations returns to court
Update to “Aboriginal Rights and Title”
Oct. 14, 2022: Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says Saskatchewan premier overstepping his authority over land rights
Home Page – Background Content
Update to: “Historical Treaties of Canada and First Nations”
Aug. 19, 2022: Tlicho commemorate 100-year anniversary of signing of Treaty 11
Update to “Aboriginal Rights and Title”
Oct. 3, 2022: “Backed into a Corner”: Duncan First Nation sues Alberta for cumulative environmental impacts of industry on traditional territory
Update to “Land Claims”:
Sept. 21, 2022: Wolastoqey Chiefs accuse NB Power of scuttling negotiations over Mactaquac dam refurbishment
Update to “Aboriginal Rights and Title”
Oct. 6, 2022: The complicated truth about pipelines crossing Wet’suwet’en territory

Indigenous Success Stories

ThemeDateIndigenous
Group
Comment
EducationSept. 27First Nation“Taapwaywin: Talking About What We Know and What We Believe”: new podcast of unheard Indigenous stories and histories
Language & CultureSept. 1First NationCree Nation government announces additional investments dedicated to Youth and Trappers to protect and promote Cree language and culture
HealthAug. 21First NationDr. Alika Fontaine becomes first Indigenous President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
Sept. 25First NationIn Photos: Indigenous Health Learning Lodge welcome gathering celebrates transformative new space at McMaster University
YouthSept. 23First Nation Métis, InuitMeet the Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders 2022 Participants at National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
BusinessAug. 29,First NationIndigenous role in renewable energy landscape continues to grow
Sept. 1First NationFirst Nations Finance Authority takes crucial steps toward establishing the first Non-Profit Indigenous owned Insurance Program in Canada
Sept. 6First NationHistoric Partnership between Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and Canada to create nearly 3,000 new homes in Vancouver
DWAAug. 31First NationAutumn Peltier and Healthy First Nations work together on drinking water solutions
Sept. 13First NationPacheedaht First Nation and Teal Jones ink MOU creating engagement framework
Sept. 29First Nation
Inuit
Government of Canada invests in partnerships with Indigenous peoples in the next phase of the Oceans Protection Plan
Treaties & Land ClaimsAug. 24First Nation$84.45M Land Claim settled by governments of Canada and Ontario for Mitaanjigamiing First Nation in Treaty 3
Aug. 31First NationIndigenous-led Land Trusts: An exercise in Self-Determination
Oct. 3First NationMohawks of the Bay of Quinte and government of Canada take a step towards reconciliation with a partial settlement of historic claim dating from 1837

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