We call upon the Government of Canada to provide multi-year funding for the National Council for Reconciliation to ensure that it has the financial, human, and technical resources required to conduct its work, including the endowment of a National Reconciliation Trust to advance the cause of reconciliation.
Why “In Progress”
June 22, 2022 – Bill C-29, National Council for Reconciliation Act introduced in Parliament. The proposed legislation would also respond to Call to Action 54, which has previously been supported through a commitment of $126.5 million in 2019 Budget for the establishment of the Council.
Budget 2019 allocated $127M in one-time funding beginning in 2020 fiscal year, considerably less than the $1B that the Interim Board recommended. There has been no activity or updates in Budget 2020, Budget 2021 or in the 2021 Fall Economic Statement.
As of Jan. 10, 2022 the federal government has issued no new announcements on the National Council for Reconciliation since the Interim Board appointed on Dec. 14, 2017 presented their Final Report for the National Council of Reconciliation including establishing an endowment to fund independent ongoing operations to Minister Bennett on June 12, 2018.
Government “will take into consideration” the advice and recommendations provided in the final report.
Significant deletions from official federal Government website “Delivering on the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action”:
Government’s Oct. 25, 2018 update to their Official website deleted reference to “commitment to acting quickly to implement the recommendations, including funding and resource commitments.”