Urban Commitments to Reconciliation: Background Content

Urban Aboriginal Strategy


February 23, 2022


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Federal Budget 2016

Federal Budget 2016 renewed funding for the Urban Aboriginal Strategy for one year and committed Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to identify ways to strengthen the Urban Aboriginal Strategy. As part of its commitment, INAC undertook a comprehensive engagement process from June to September 2016 that included 21 roundtables across Canada, an online survey, funding to national Indigenous organizations to speak with their members and town hall meetings with parliamentarians.

The information gathered through this engagement process has informed the development of policy options for the renewal of urban programming for Indigenous peoples.What should be the primary area(s) of focus for new or expanded programs and services for the urban Indigenous population? Why?

The following questions were used to guide the discussions:

  • What are the main issues that Indigenous peoples face when living in or moving to an urban centre?
  • Which needs of urban Indigenous peoples are currently being met by government or non-government services?
  • Can you provide an example of a successful program or service delivered in an urban centre that has helped you?
  • Why has it been successful?
  • What need(s) did it address?
  • What are the main barriers that need to be addressed to meet the needs of urban Indigenous peoples?
  • What are the gaps in current program support for Indigenous peoples living in urban centres?

Participants focused their comments on four broad categories:

  • overarching themes
  • local programs and services
  • program design and delivery
  • success stories

February 23, 2022


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Government Urban Aboriginal Strategy Funding 2015-2017

A snapshot of how governments funded the Urban Aboriginal Strategy pre-TRC Final Report (December 2015) and post TRC Final Report: funding for 2016-17 went down.


February 23, 2022


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Roundtable Cities

  • Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • Qu├ębec City, Quebec
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Thompson, Manitoba
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Prince George, British Columbia
  • Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Val-d’Or, Quebec
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick

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Rountable Themes

It was recommended that INAC respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by funding programs to help address the social determinants of health for Indigenous peoples living off reserve and that ensure that equitable services are provided for all off-reserve Indigenous populations. It was widely recognized that over 60% of the Indigenous population now lives in urban centres. This population is diverse and transient.

Overarching Themes:

  • Racism and discrimination
  • Local programs and services
  • Transitional support
  • Culture and language
  • Daycare and childcare
  • Family support
  • Youth programs
  • Elder and seniors programming
  • Educational supports
  • Employment supports
  • Building infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Mental health and addiction services
  • Health care
  • Justice and legal support
  • Design and delivery
  • Access to core and multi-year funding
  • Inclusive without losing specificity
  • A northern urban strategy
  • Inuit specific programming
  • Friendship centres
  • An Indigenous service hub
  • Knowledge and research
  • Indigenous leadership
  • Success stories
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Friendship Centres

The following link provides details on “what was head” in rountable discussion held in the various cities across the country.
https://www.isc-sac.gc.ca/eng/1490291019414/1583690920335


Other Background Content By Theme


Individual Municipal Commitments

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National Urban Inuit Strategy

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Federation of Canadian Municipalities

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Federal Programs

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