Urban Commitments to Reconciliation: Background Content

Individual Municipal Commitments


August 19, 2020


Association of Municipalities of Ontario

Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario – are taking a meaningful step towards reconciliation Ontario with the signing of a Declaration of Mutual Commitment and Friendship: Improving the Quality of Life of Indigenous People across Ontario’s Municipalities. The agreement is designed to help municipal governments and Friendship Centres build relationships and collaborate to improve supports and services for Indigenous people in their communities.

The following towns have signed the Declaration:

  • The Town of Fort Erie, the Region of Niagara and the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
  • The Town of Sioux Lookout and the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre
  • The City of London and the N’Amerind Friendship Centre
  • The Town of Cochrane and the Ininew Friendship Centre
  • The City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Indian Friendship Centre
  • The City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

Several more partners are in the process of discussing a local declaration, including but not limited to:

  • The City of Dryden and the Dryden Native Friendship Centre
  • The City of Ottawa and the Odawa Native Friendship Centre
  • The Town of Red Lake and the Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre
  • The Town of Fort Frances and the United Native Friendship Centre
  • The City of North Bay and the North Bay Indigenous Indian Friendship Centre

March 23, 2017


Chibougamau, Joliette, La Tuque, Maniwaki, Montréal, Roberval, Senneterre, Sept-Îles and Val-d’Or

Representatives from nine cities and their nine Native Friendship Centres signed the Mutual Commitment to Improve the Living Conditions of Urban Aboriginal People and set up a Joint Committee to solidify dialogue and support direct actions.


July 13, 2005


Edmonton, AB

“How can the City of Edmonton best support and build strong relationships with Indigenous Peoples in Edmonton?”

The answer to that question inforrned the development of the “City of Edmonton Indigenous Framework.” The three main elements of the Framework:

  • Guiding Principles: Relationships, Agreements, Celebrations, Renewal
  • Four Rules: Listener, Connector, Advocate, Partner
  • Seven commitments: 

are meant to guide City staff on their learning journeys of reconciliation and relationship-building with Indigenous Peoples.

https://www.edmonton.ca/sites/default/files/public-files/documents/PDF/CoE-IndigenousFramework-Report.pdf


July 6, 2022


Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland working to improve health care for First Nation, Métis and Inuit people

Simcoe.com: Improvements are being promised when it comes to the quality of health care available to the local Indigenous community.

Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) has entered into a formal relationship with the Indigenous Health Circle, through the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC), to identify gaps in local health services and establish measurable goals to improve services offered to Indigenous, Métis and Inuit residents.

“We pledge to work towards equality, while serving all patients with respect, compassion, understanding and empathy without prejudice or racism,” said Gail Hunt, former president and chief administrative officer. 

In signing this agreement, GBGH and the Indigenous Health Circle have made a commitment to work together to identify common priorities and issues, resolve key challenges and impasses, improve the quality and availability of health data at the regional level for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, and uphold First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples’ right to self-govern.

“Improving relationships with GBGH’s Indigenous partners is an ongoing journey,” added Hunt, who resigned from her role effective June 23. “It is a journey that involves effort and open-mindedness … embracing diversity, fostering inclusivity and increasing our awareness of the unique opportunities that come with forming stronger partnerships with Indigenous organizations.”

The two sides have agreed to meet twice annually to build their relationship and work toward improving and advancing health care for Indigenous peoples in the community.

“This is important work for our hospital given the significant and unique Indigenous populations GBGH serves,” said Matthew Lawson, GBGH’s interim president and CAO. “I assure you that GBGH will move forward in the spirit of respect and inclusiveness based on stronger, more productive and culturally safe relationships with Indigenous health partners.”https://6cb37d739e406411b37aaddc1c2e3410.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Germaine Elliott, executive director of the Indigenous Health Circle, signed the agreement alongside Lawson on June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day. She said she is looking forward to working with GBGH officials to improve health care for all. “The issues for indigenous communities with regard to health are many, and inter-generational, and it will take a lot of good collaborative work to make the changes we need,” said Elliott.

She reminisced about a time when Indigenous communities were healthier, and knew how to use their own medicines, build their own houses, plant gardens, hunt and fish. 

“I know we can bring that back to our community. It happens when Indigenous people are involved in making our own decisions and signing our own plans and strategies and bringing them forward,” said Elliott.

“The road to recovery for our communities must be Indigenous-led and must be Indigenous-governed. We are happy to enter into a letter of relationship with GBGH to work with them, side by side, to create the changes that are needed in an acute-care setting and to make sure there is equitable access to services and treatment and traditional healing when it is needed.”


October 4, 2018


Halifax, NS

The municipality is committed to the recommendations outlined in the report put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and to working with the community to address issues that impact access to municipal services. As part of this commitment, the Halifax Regional Municipality has partnered with The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to open the first Legacy Space in Canada located within a city hall. The Legacy Space at Halifax City Hall will provide information about Chanie Wenjack and reconciliation for staff and visitors. We are committed to having accurate information available to all, regarding Indigenous History on our journey to reconciliation.


July 26, 2018


Halifax, NS

The Halifax Regional Municipality announced the members of the newly formed Special Advisory Committee on the Commemoration of Edward Cornwallis and Commemoration of Indigenous History. The advisory committee’s focus over the coming months will be to identify a path forward that better recognizes Indigenous history, particularly of the Mi’kmaq, as it pertains to lands now known as Halifax Regional Municipality. Part of that path forward involves providing Regional Council with recommendations on our shared history, including how we commemorate Edward Cornwallis on municipal assets, including Cornwallis Park, the statue, and Cornwallis Street.


December 8, 2015


Halifax, NS

Introduction of a Motion for Council to Consider a Statement of Reconciliation to support the municipality’s work with Mi’kmaq and Urban Indigenous communities. As the Office of Diversity & Inclusion develops a work plan, which includes a focussed consultation with aboriginal people, this motion is to provide a mandate and direction to support the BCMC working group, and to incorporate an urban‐aboriginal strategy into the work plan of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.


March 20, 2019


Kenora, ON

Ahze-mino- gahbewewin — Reconciliation Kenora has partnered with Ne-Chee Friendship Centre to hold a two-day strategic planning workshop meant to gather insights from residents about the best way to work together for reconciliation in the city. The organization is seeking people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to speak to their experiences to help inform its next steps.


December 8, 2021


Lacombe, AB

The City of Lacombe held a Treaty 6 Land Recognition Ceremony to commemorate a piece of artwork that will be displayed outside of Council Chambers. After consulting with Elder Roy Louis of Maskwacis, Artist Byron Samson, whose Cree name is Mistikonapew, was commissioned by the City to create an artwork recognizing the significance of Treaty 6.

The artwork acknowledges that the community rests on Treaty 6 Lands, and the historic Indigenous travelling route called the Buffalo Trail, which passed through the Medicine Hills or Mahikan Wachisak (Wolf Hills) / Nisto Chaki Atinak (Three Pointed Hills), the City of Lacombe and Central Alberta. The artwork includes images of seven chiefs, three government representatives and one interpreter


May 14, 2018


Lethbridge, AB

For the first time the City of Lethbridge “acknowledges that we are gathered on the lands of the Blackfoot people of the Canadian plains….And pays respect to the Blackfoot people past, present and future, while recognizing and respecting their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land.

“The City of Lethbridge is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.”

City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network “Reconciliation Implementation Plan. 2017-2027”. The plan is focused on aligning with TRC Calls to Action.

https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/Documents/Reconciliation%20Lethbridge%20-%20Implementation%20Plan%20(FINAL).pdf


July 21, 2021


Mission, BC

An agreement signed today by the Province, Leq’á:mel, Matsqui and Sumas First Nations and the City of Mission will return traditional lands to the First Nations and establish new public parklands and recreation areas. An agreement signed today by the Province, Leq’á:mel, Matsqui and Sumas First Nations and the City of Mission will return traditional lands to the First Nations and establish new public parklands and recreation areas.


December 12, 2020


Montréal, QC

$100K in funding to support Résilience Montréal for its operations and are providing all the necessary support and assistance to carry through with the relocation project of this resource in the Cabot Square area. The Résilience Montréal drop-in centre was inaugurated on November 14, 2019, in space rented near Cabot Square. It provides homeless and vulnerable people – including a large number of Indigenous people – with services of reception, coaching, emergency needs (food, clothing, laundry) and psychosocial intervention. The drop-in centre has a high acceptability threshold.

Résilience Montréal is the result of mobilization by the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, the Nazareth Community and other local community stakeholders. The Government of Quebec is also providing assistance disbursed as part of the Aboriginal Initiative Fund III (FIA III), Support to Aboriginal people in an Urban Environment – Infrastructure component. This support, added to eventual contributions from other partners, will enable Résilience Montréal to acquire and refurbish a building, in order to provide a sustainable presence


June 15, 2020


Montréal, QC

Release of “Summary Report: Public Consultation on systemic Racism and Discrimination within the Jurisdiction of the City of Montréal” by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.

The goal of the consultation was not to verify the alleged facts, but rather to draw a portrait of the current state of affairs, to highlight the solutions proposed by the collectivity and to enlarge perspectives in order to guide public decision-making.

The 38 recommendations of the Commission involve, essentially, four major phases that are required in order to manage strategic change: recognizing the problem, measuring the problem, defining goals that lead to concrete actions and being accountable for these actions

The recommendations are divided into two categories:

  • transversal recommendations that create a framework for the elaboration of a strategy to counter systemic racism and discrimination within the jurisdiction of the City;
  • specific recommendations to implement this strategy within the various domains under the City’s jurisdiction.

https://ocpm.qc.ca/sites/ocpm.qc.ca/files/pdf/P99/resume-reds_english.pdf


August 28, 2017


Montréal, QC

The city council of the Ville de Montréal unanimously endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. There are plans to use the declaration as a guideline to further develop its reconciliation strategy.


July 27, 2018


Niagara Region

Every Niagara Regional Council meeting will now begin with a special acknowledgment: “We begin this meeting by acknowledging the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people.”


September 1, 2017


Québec City, QC

KWE! – Meet with Indigenous Peoples – An annual event to learn more about the 11 Indigenous Nations in Quebec through events such as workshops on traditional knowledge, tastings of culinary specialities, discussions to learn more about issues affecting Indigenous communities, and much more.


February 20, 2019


Quesnel, BC

Quesnel City Council has agreed to return the land at Ceal Tingley Park to Lhtako Dene Nation for the proposed 18,000 square foot Lhtako Dene Indigenous Cultural Centre project. This site, at the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers is significant to the Lhtako Dene as the site of a major settlement. This site is also historically significant as the site of first contact with European explorers when Alexander Mackenzie first travelled through the area, and later, with Simon Fraser as he journeyed down the Fraser River.


August 12, 2020


Regina, SK

Reconciliation Regina, in partnership with the City of Regina, has released its 2020 – 2021 Community Action Plan. The Plan is based on four significant values – relationships, respect, opportunities and accountability. In each of these values the Plan will track progress to report back to the community and have actions and deliverables that are key to acting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
https://reconciliationregina.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Reconciliation-Regina-CAP_LR.pdf


March 26, 2019


Richmond Hill, ON

Councillors voted unanimously to adopt a motion that directs staff to create a course to provide education and training on the history of Indigenous peoples to employees of Richmond Hill, replacing a motion that proposed to begin council meetings with a land acknowledgement statement. Richmond Hill residents slam decision on Indigenous land acknowledgement. (Richmond Hill Liberal)


July 20, 2021


Saskatoon, SK

CBC – At a meeting of the governance and priorities committee on Monday, councillors voted unanimously in favour of administration writing a report on how UNDRIP could be implemented at a local level, and what potential financial and other effects might come with it being enacted.


June 1, 2015


Saskatoon, SK

City Council proclaimed 2015–16 the Year of Reconciliation


April 7, 2021


Timmins, ON

TimminsToday – At the Timmins council meeting Tuesday, the Indigenous Engagement Framework was approved. The draft framework was approved in 2019.

The framework has three themes:

  • addressing humanitarian needs,
  • delivering on the calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and
  • re-engaging economic alliances.

March 23, 2022


Toronto Reconciliation Action Plan

City of Toronto: Launch of the first Reconciliation Action Plan…that will guide the City’s actions from 2022 to 2032 to advance truth, justice and reconciliation. The Reconciliation Action Plan builds on the City’s existing commitments to Indigenous Peoples through 28 meaningful actions across five themes: 

  • actions to restore truth,
  • actions to right relations and share power, 
  • actions for justice, 
  • actions to make financial reparations and 
  • actions for the Indigenous Affairs Office.

The 28 actions outlined in the Plan will contribute to the visibility and overall wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Toronto through:

  • placemaking and placekeeping
  • supporting economic development and prosperity
  • increasing civic engagement
  • honouring Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and 
  • recognizing rights to self-determination and self-governance. 

A key priority for the City will be addressing barriers and colonial practices embedded in its policies, processes and practices to better serve Indigenous residents in Toronto.


September 5, 2018


Toronto, ON

The City of Toronto today began the first in a series of consultations that will inform and guide the creation of an Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE). The purpose of the ICIE is to provide a space and support for Indigenous entrepreneurs looking to build businesses, social enterprises, not-for-profits, collectives or co-operatives by providing access to resources, advisory support and workspace for their ventures. The centre will be located at a City-owned commercial space at 200 Dundas St. E. in a building that is currently under construction. The City will take possession of the space at the end of 2019.


June 22, 2017


Toronto, ON

Commemorating Canada’s 22nd National Aboriginal Day, the City of Toronto saw the permanent installation of Indigenous flags at Nathan Phillips Square to honour the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Six Nations, Huron-Wendat, Métis, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
City to spend some $520K to open Indigenous Affairs Office attacged to the City Managers office aimed at improving relationship with Indigenous people.


July 5, 2005


Toronto, ON

The City adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as part of the City’s year-long proclamation on Truth and Reconciliation 2013 – 2014


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Urban Aboriginal Strategy

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National Urban Inuit Strategy

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Federation of Canadian Municipalities

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