What’s New in Indigenous Watchdog: 201 new entries Aug. 1 – Aug. 31,2023


66 Positive Actions = vs 98 Current Problems 

Calls to Action (C2A) Status: August 1, 2023

Not StartedStalledIn ProgressComplete
15204613
16.0%21.3%48.9%13.8%
StatusLegacy Calls to Action
(1-42) + 50-52, 62-65
Reconciliation Calls to Action
(43-94)
Not Started2, 9, 10, 26, 34, 42, 51, 52, 6445, 46, 47, 55, 56, 89
Stalled6, 8, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 29, 30, 3558, 62, 71, 77, 78, 87, 92, 93
Complete13, 15, 4149, 59, 67, 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 in one location

See also “Perspectives” post for a complete 6-page colour-coded document summarizing all 94 Calls to Action

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)

Section202020212022Jan. 31Mar. 1Mar. 31Apr. 30May 31June 30July 31Aug. 31YTD
Current Reality2647504134242121
Current Problems18921331558831148783769698695
Legacy C2As961591882620332730382439237
Reconciliation C2As558811731121911161716104
Govt. Commitments483254913161163
Other Issues7813161023151895
Background Content313667
Total3665077961071331861541501651862011,282
Indigenous Success Stories65953713115861

Notes:

  • Current Reality includes ALL 94 Calls to Action and Other Issues
  • Legacy C2As, Reconciliation C2As, Government Commitments and Other Issues represent positive steps that are advancing reconciliation
  • Current Problems includes all those in “Calls to Action” plus “Other Issues” and “Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation
  • “Other Issues” presents information on Drinking Water Advisories, Food Insecurity, Suicide Prevention, Urban Commitments to Reconciliation, Housing, Environment and Treaties and Land Claims
  • Background Content provides additional context for Calls to Action and/or Themes
Call to Action Status Change
C2ADescriptionStatus ChangeWhy?
10Draft Indigenous Education LegislationSTALLED to NOT STARTEDNo action since 2015. Government committed to discrete First Nation agreements NOT legislation
Current Reality Updates
EducationStatus Change from STALLED to NOT STARTED
Aug. 14Drinking Water Advisory (DWA)Updated graph: 143 Long-Term DWA lifted since 2015; 28 Long-Term DWA still in effect in 26 communities

 

Government Commitments
Actions and Commitments
Current Problems
Background Content
Indigenous Success Stories
 

Government Commitments

Home Page: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments
2023/08/23 Recognizing Treaty 6: Minister Wilson
2023/08/15 Nunatsiavut Government welcomes increased federal funding for high-speed Internet access
2023/08/15 Rural Manitoba councillor apologizes for racist comments
2023/08/04 Manitoba Métis, Hydro reaffirm partnership with new 50-year, $120M deal
 
Home Page: Environment: Other Issues
2023/08/30 New forest management strategy aims to restore balanced outcomes for the environment, society and economy
2023/08/29 Polar Knowledge Canada provides $1.7 million toward Yukon Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies
2023/08/21 New evacuee accommodation provides safety net for Tŝilhqot’in and other First Nations
2023/08/18 Government of Canada supports two new Guardians Programs in Torngat Mountains National Park to protect Inuit lands and the communities it nurtures
2023/08/17 New conservation funding helps Labrador Inuit ‘keep their bond with the land’
2023/08/17 Ontario Launches New Program to Protect Caribou
2023/08/03 Québec Grants over $10 Million to Support First Nations and Inuit Climate Leadership
 
Home Page: Housing: Other Issues
2023/08/25 Housing First complex under construction in Watson Lake
2023/08/17 Hillsborough Park project agreement signed with PEI First Nations
 
Home Page: Treaties and Land Claims: Other Issues
2023/08/26 Federal government settles hundreds of millions worth of claims with Sask. First Nations
2023/08/10 Treaty Land Entitlement Transfer of Mineral Rights for Cowessess First Nation
 
Home Page: Urban Commitments to Reconciliation: Other Issues
2023/08/23 City collaboratively launches its first Indigenous Health Strategy
 

Actions and Commitments

Home Page: Education (6-12): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/02 Manitoba Government Announces Investment to Support Workforce Development in Rural and Northern Communities
 
Call to Action # 7: Education (6-12)
2023/08/02 Manitoba Government Announces Investment to Support Workforce Development in Rural and Northern Communities
 
Call to Action # 8: Education (6-12)
2023/08/25 Catholic Division approved for shared services initiative with PBCN
 
Home Page: Health (18-24): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/02 Ontario Breaks Ground on Long-Term Care Home in First Nation Community
 
Call to Action # 18: Health (18-24)
2023/08/25 New substance use health emergency strategy released in Yukon
2023/08/18 New Indigenous health centre opens in Montreal
2023/08/15 New Mental Health Services Now Open in Sioux Lookout
2023/08/10 AHS launches new Indigenous Central Zone one-line support – The Pipestone Flyer
2023/08/10 Ontario Expanding Access to Midwifery Services
2023/08/09 Government of Canada Strengthens Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Indigenous Communities
2023/08/03 Province invests in building healthier communities
2023/08/02 Ontario Breaks Ground on Long-Term Care Home in First Nation Community
2023/08/01 Calgary Indigenous healing lodge to offer programs to NWT residents
 
Call to Action # 21: Health (18-24)
2023/08/14 Tundra Turning Celebrates Historic $83.7M Investment to Build Aqqusariaq (formerly the Nunavut Recovery Centre) in Iqaluit
2023/08/07 Montreal opening first-of-its-kind Indigenous emergency care clinic
 
Call to Action # 22: Health (18-24)
2023/08/28 External ED Assessment Panel makes recommendations for Niagara Health
2023/08/10 Midwives Association of British Columbia ratifies tentative three-year agreement
2023/08/08 Clear vision for the future: Canadian Ophthalmological Society celebrates Indigenous Children Eye Examination Project, impacting 6,000 lives to date
2023/08/08 New Partnership Supports High-Quality Perinatal, Newborn And Child Healthcare For Indigenous Peoples In Ontario
2023/08/06 Plants of the boreal forest: using traditional Indigenous medicine to create modern treatments
 
Call to Action # 29: Justice (25-42)
2023/08/10 Court denies deadline extension for Indian Day School compensation claims
 
Call to Action # 41: Justice (25-42)
2023/08/25 Government of Canada to Fund Crisis Hotlines Responding to Gender-Based Violence in New Brunswick
2023/08/04 Minister Marci Ien announces funding for organizations helping Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQI+ people in Newfoundland and Labrador
2023/08/02 The Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island sign bilateral agreement to end gender-based violence
2023/08/01 Supporting Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people
 
Call to Action # 62: Education for Reconciliation (62-65)
2023/08/07 Government of Yukon invests in new positions and student supports to strengthen learning and wellbeing
 
Call to Action # 65: Education for Reconciliation (62-65)
2023/08/03 Renewed support for Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness at USask 
 
Call to Action # 66: Youth Programs (66)
2023/08/25 Province Renews Investment in Île-à-la-Crosse Community Support Programs
2023/08/16 Mattagami First Nation, Algoma University Launch Inaugural Land Camp Program for Indigenous Youth in Partnership with Canadore College
 
Home Page: Museums and Archives (67-70): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/30 Saskatoon city council votes in favour of changing John A. Macdonald Road to miyo-wâhkôhtowin Road
 
Call to Action # 77: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (77-78)
2023/08/04 National archives to digitize, transfer 6 million pages of Indian day school records, official says
 
Home Page: Business and Reconciliation (92): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/31 BCUC Launches Indigenous Intervener Capacity Fund Pilot
 
Call to Action # 92: Business and Reconciliation (92)
2023/08/31 BCUC Launches Indigenous Intervener Capacity Fund Pilot
2023/08/25 This group adds about $30 billion to the GDP. It could be double
2023/08/03 Storm Exploration Signs MOU with Naicatchewenin First Nation
2023/08/03 Miawpukek Horizon Joins Forces With EverWind Fuels to Advance Atlantic Canadian Green Energy Hub
 

Current Problems

Home Page: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments
2023/08/29 Manitoba's refusal to search landfill for remains is racist, church leader says
2023/08/28 AMC Concerned Over Proposed Cuts to Indigenous Services Funding, Urges Adequate Investment Based on AMC’s Alternative Budget
2023/08/25 Proposed Indigenous Services spending cuts spark concern
2023/08/22 Hajdu pledges to maintain Indigenous Services programs despite requested cuts
2023/08/21 Algonquin members organize in fight for identity, land and nationhood
2023/08/18 Ontario First Nations leaders call for housing minister, chief of staff to resign over Greenbelt controversy
2023/08/18 Resisting landfill search sees Manitoba chiefs call for premier’s resignation
2023/08/18 Algonquins get green light to sue over recognition of Ontario Métis groups
2023/08/18 Anishinabek Nation responds to the Auditor General’s Special Report on Ontario’s Greenbelt Development Plan
2023/08/17 ‘They are being disappeared’: Tax union backs Winnipeg landfill search
2023/08/15 AMC Receives Unwavering Support from the Canadian Human Rights Museum
2023/08/14 AMC Confronts Unacceptable Statement by Springfield Councillor
2023/08/14 N.B. government won't say what it will do with systemic racism report, months after release
2023/08/14 First Nations leaders say Sask. government's updated consultation policy is still problematic
2023/08/10 Manitoba can’t walk away ‘scot-free’ from landfill victims: former Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister
2023/08/09 Quebec Superior Court can hear case calling on removal of Gov. Gen. due to lack of French
2023/08/08 Matriarchs oppose new government structure in Haida Gwaii
2023/08/03 Hundreds rally, march in downtown Winnipeg to demand search of landfill for women's remains
2023/08/03 While Indigenous people call for justice, Winnipeg’s police take aim at graffiti
2023/08/01 Iqaluit Workers In The Midst Of One Of Canada’s Longest Strikes
 
Home Page: Education (6-12): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/30 ‘Major safety concern’: Nunavut’s aging schools spur thousands of maintenance requests
2023/08/30 Residential school survivors meet for ‘Breaking the Colonial Mindset’ conference in Winnipeg
2023/08/24 Power struggle: History grapples with electricity at Beothuk Lake, where the last remnants of a lost culture are washing away
2023/08/16 Toronto school board should vet claims of staff who self-identify as Indigenous, say former student, parent
2023/08/10 ‘Pretendian’ conference delves into how to deal with false claims of Indigenous identity
2023/08/10 Indigenous-led archaeology school 'disheartened' after dig site vandalized twice in 4 days
2023/08/01 Manitoba's political parties not doing enough to verify Indigenous identity: Métis lawyer
 
Home Page: Language and Culture (13-17): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/31 Sask. First Nations mother says long child-care waitlists forced her to go against her cultural beliefs
2023/08/09 It's really shameful': N.B.'s racist place names remain, despite years of calls for change
2023/08/08 Menu and decor at Manitou Bistro 'reprehensible' some Kitigan Zibi members say
 
Home Page: Health (18-24): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/31 UBCIC Stands with Families and Calls for Action on Overdose Awareness Day
2023/08/29 Elsipogtog residents renew call for an in-community nursing home
2023/08/28 Barriers like racism, distrust may be main cause of health-care disparities for Indigenous women, study says
2023/08/27 Indigenous females face more hurdles in health care access, study finds 
2023/08/25 Decision Of The Tribunal Administratif Du Travail: Insecurity Resurges Among First Nations
2023/08/08 'Very little' government help for 11 Man. First Nations months after declaring state of emergency
2023/08/07 Bearspaw First Nation to meet with federal officials as opioid crisis worsens
 
Call to Action # 22: Health (18-24)
2023/08/17 Self-determination and inclusion central to Indigenous health in Sask., say experts
 
Home Page: Justice (25-42): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/31 Allegations of sex crimes leads to eviction of employees, termination of water treatment plant construction contract
2023/08/29 First Nations police investigating allegations young girl was sexually exploited
2023/08/24 Retired judge visits Nunavut to hear Inuit sexual abuse claims against priest
2023/08/23 BC RCMP Officer Facing Manslaughter Trial Charged with Assault
2023/08/23 Hospital worker fired after Indigenous woman’s death should be reinstated: arbitrator
2023/08/22 Quebec judge authorizes class action by Atikamekw women alleging forced sterilizations
2023/08/16 Ottawa won’t regulate how lawyers bill First Nations clients after concerns raised over ‘unfair’ fees
2023/08/16 Feds blamed AFN for delays, slow progress on First Nations policing bill: documents
2023/08/15 The VPD Won’t Release a Review of Its Chelsea Poorman Investigation
2023/08/14 Métis senator calls for coerced sterilization to be a Criminal Code offence
2023/08/14 Judge ‘erred’ in conviction of Elder after TMX pipe ceremony, higher court rules
2023/08/14 RCMP watchdog concerned with delays in B.C. C-IRG probe
2023/08/10 Memorial held on anniversary of Tina Fontaine murder in Winnipeg
2023/08/09 Settlement reached in class-action lawsuit against convicted ex-priest who abused First Nations youth
2023/08/08 Former Saskatchewan RCMP boss warned officers to watch opinions after Stanley verdict
2023/08/03 RCMP cited Standing Rock protests as 'evidence' to create controversial B.C. unit
 
Call to Action # 41: Justice (25-42)
2023/08/15 New billboards for missing and murdered women aim to change narrative of B.C.'s 'Highway of Tears'
 
Home Page: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (43-44): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/02 Unravelling Canada’s UN Indigenous action plan
 
Home Page: Museums and Archives (67-70): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/31 Montreal won't return toppled John A. Macdonald statue to its downtown pedestal
 
Home Page: Missing Children and Burial Information (71-76): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/29 93 possible unmarked graves discovered at former Beauval residential school
2023/08/29 English River First Nation announces more findings in radar search for unmarked graves
2023/08/28 Special interlocutor hopeful new Justice Minister will act to address residential school denialism
2023/08/21 Manitoba First Nation considers further excavations after church dig for unmarked graves
2023/08/20 Dogs flown in to search for unmarked graves in Cree territory
2023/08/18 Chief says excavation of Manitoba church basement found no evidence of human remains
2023/08/10 English River First Nation finds potential unmarked graves in, around school cemetery
2023/08/07 Sask.-based lawyer welcomes Guatemalan group's offer to support search for unmarked graves
2023/08/04 Mohawk Mothers say McGill University trying to ‘control’ process of search for unmarked graves
2023/08/01 Provinces Failure to Protect Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites of former Indian Residential Schools leaves Children’s Remains At Risk and Affected Families without hope
 
Call to Action # 79: Commemoration (79-83)
2023/08/09 Etobicoke South Humber Monument
 
Home Page: Media and Reconciliation (84-86): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/11 Meta's removal of Canadian news impacting Indigenous media and communities
 
Home Page: Sports and Reconciliation (87-91): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/30 Coach given 'travesty of game' penalty during children's championship lacrosse game
 
Home Page: Business and Reconciliation (92): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/18 Murchison Minerals is Violating Indigenous Rights to the Detriment of Its Shareholders and Investors
 
Home Page: Environment: Other Issues
2023/08/29 NWT evacuations leave some Indigenous people in ‘scary’ situations
2023/08/29 TG Supports Amendments to NWT Emergency Management Act
2023/08/29 BCFNEMC and FNLC Call for Moratorium on Placer Mining in British Columbia
2023/08/29 30 years after Clayoquot Sound protests, old-growth logging continues unabated: B.C. conservation group
2023/08/23 Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Calls for Support for First Nations Communities Affected by Wildfires in B.C. and N.W.T.
2023/08/10 Proposed radioactive waste dump in Deep River met with opposition at final hearing
2023/08/01 NDP calls for emergency preparedness funding for First Nation communities
 
Home Page: Food Insecurity: Other Issues
2023/08/22 ‘They can’t afford food’: Feds urged to speed up Inuit applications for aid
2023/08/21 First Nations group hold benefit for awareness of declining moose population
 
Home Page: Housing: Other Issues
2023/08/31 City of Edmonton slapped with lawsuit over encampment removals
2023/08/24 Some Indigenous leaders reject PM's 'out of touch' housing comments
2023/08/19 Federal underfunding of Indigenous housing leads to years-long wait-lists, frustration
 
Home Page: Treaties and Land Claims: Other Issues
2023/08/31 Nova Scotia fishers, Indigenous stakeholders call for more dialogue amid violence
2023/08/29 First Nations chiefs demand return of Greenbelt land, call for criminal investigation of Ford government
2023/08/29 Prairie First Nations prepare to launch legal battle over natural resources
2023/08/29 Ontario First Nations leaders reiterate opposition to Greenbelt land swap in unanimous vote
2023/08/29 Better dialogue with First Nations could have avoided Joffre Lakes closure, critics say
2023/08/25 Ottawa confirms it changed land claim process, mulls Indian Act changes
2023/08/25 Higgs doubles down on stance that Wolastoqey title claim threatens smaller property owners
2023/08/22 Marten Falls chief wants housing and water issues fixed ahead of Ring of Fire mining
2023/08/16 First Nations Coalition Supports Minister’s Decision to Close Open Net-Pen Fish Farms in the Discovery Islands
2023/08/06 Whose Sovereignty? A BC Court Decision Exposes Holes in Colonial Logic
2023/08/04 Mi’kmaw nation, lobster harvesters suing feds for treaty violations
2023/08/03 First Nation calls mining stakes 'unlawful, invalid' as it challenges Ontario's free-entry system
2023/08/02 Sipekne'katik First Nation sues federal government for seizing lobster traps
 
Home Page: Urban Commitments to Reconciliation: Other Issues
2023/08/29 Bruce County mayor resigns after accusing First Nation in Ontario of being 'poor and unclean' in recording
2023/08/28 Rural Manitoba politician suspended in fallout from offensive remarks
 

Background Content

Home Page: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments
2023/08/29 Australians to vote on whether to recognize Indigenous people in constitution
2023/08/24 MNO calls for talks with First Nations as chiefs plan rally to kill Métis self-government bill
2023/08/21 Métis Nation of Ontario Concludes 30th Annual General Assembly
2023/08/09 Judge questions First Nations' right to challenge Ontario Métis self government
2023/08/08 Métis Nation of Ontario urges judge to reject First Nations court challenge
2023/08/08 CivicInfo Library BC
 
Home Page: Education (6-12): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/31 The HISTORY® Channel’s groundbreaking documentary True Story Returns for Part Two
 
Home Page: Language and Culture (13-17): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/27 Stolen Nisga'a memorial pole about to start journey home from Scottish museum
2023/08/22 The Revitalizing Power of Indigenous Typography
2023/08/14 Ska-Nah-Doht Village marks 'momentous' 50th birthday in Mount Brydges, Ont.
2023/08/11 Six Nations leaders say Robbie Robertson gave cultural centre invaluable support
2023/08/11 Number of people speaking Atikamekw language growing in Quebec says Statistics Canada
2023/08/08 Stunningly beautiful': Exhibit of Kenojuak Ashevak's art opens in Newfoundland outport
 
Home Page: Health (18-24): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/27 'Great heart' makes anything possible for southwestern Manitoba Indigenous men's group
 
Call to Action # 19: Health (18-24)
2023/08/01 FNIGC launches new-and-improved version of its popular online data tool
 
Home Page: Justice (25-42): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/28 Indigenous organizations and legal aid clinic rebuke Canada for mass incarceration of Indigenous people, call for redirection of funding to Indigenous governments and organizations as part of Canada’s human rights review by the United Nations
 
Home Page: Youth Programs (66): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/14 PEACE program aims to build links between OPP, Indigenous youth 
 
Home Page: Missing Children and Burial Information (71-76): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/23 Native American group to digitize 20,000 archival pages linked to Quaker run Indian boarding schools
 
Home Page: Commemoration (79-83): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/10 Save the Date: “Remembering the Children” returns to Ottawa for NDTR
 
Call to Action # 80: Commemoration (79-83)
2023/08/10 Save the Date: “Remembering the Children” returns to Ottawa for NDTR
 
Home Page: Media and Reconciliation (84-86): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/11 Native American Journalists Association has a new name
2023/08/08 ‘Native American’ or ‘Indigenous’? Journalism group rethinks name
 
Home Page: Business and Reconciliation (92): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/22 Alberta First Nations tribe spins hay into gold
2023/08/11 First Nations-led infrastructure project worth billions looks to benefit Treaty 5 and beyond
 
Home Page: Environment: Other Issues
2023/08/30 A snapping success: Akwesasne celebrates its first incubated turtle hatchlings
2023/08/26 Parks and Reconciliation: How First Nations in B.C. are taking back control of stewardship and access in their traditional territories
2023/08/22 In the midst of a destructive wildfire season, Sinixt experts point to the benefits of cultural burns
2023/08/22 Tŝilhqot’in & Sámi Peoples Gather for Historic Cultural Exchange
2023/08/17 Native Hawaiians fear Maui wildfire destruction will lead to their cultural erasure
2023/08/15 Qikiqtani Inuit Association Applauds the Inuit Circumpolar Council Greenland for winning the UN Development Programme’s 2023 Equator Prize
2023/08/11 A First Nation that can never let its guard down
2023/08/02 First Nations leader celebrates evolution of stewardship in Great Bear Rainforest
 
Home Page: Food Insecurity: Other Issues
2023/08/31 Sowing the seeds of Indigenous food sovereignty in the North
2023/08/24 How Indigenous communities can establish food security in a changing climate
 
Home Page: Treaties and Land Claims: Other Issues
2023/08/23 Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation recognizes treaty signing after 146 years
2023/08/01 Canada settles Treaty Salaries specific claims with fourteen First Nations under Treaty 4 and Treaty 6
 

Indigenous Success Stories

Home Page: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments
2023/08/29 Remembering Dr. Earl Cook
2023/08/17 Lieutenant Governor’s Statement on the Death of The Honourable James K. Bartleman
2023/08/05 Former Grand Council Chief Vernon Roote passes into theSpirit World
2023/08/04 Chief Dr. Robert Joseph is the recipient of the 2023 Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations
 
Home Page: Health (18-24): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/30 Unexpected bond forms on run for diabetes awareness in Manitoba
 
Home Page: Justice (25-42): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/08/04 Odawa welcomes couple on walk across Canada for missing and murdered Indigenous people 
 
Home Page: Media and Reconciliation (84-86): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/15 Jennifer Podemski to receive 2023 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence at 2023 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
 
Home Page: Business and Reconciliation (92): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/08/04 Rose Paul receives 2023 Indigenous Women in Leadership Award

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