We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal organizations, and the arts community, to develop a reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration. It would include, but not be limited to:
- Amending the Historic Sites and Monuments Act to include First Nations, Inuit, and Métis representation on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and its Secretariat.
- Revising the policies, criteria, and practices of the National Program of Historical Commemoration to integrate Indigenous history, heritage values, and memory practices into Canada’s national heritage and history.
- Developing and implementing a national heritage plan and strategy for commemorating residential school sites, the history and legacy of residential schools, and the contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canada’s history.
Why “In Progress?”
The Government of Canada has initiated a number of steps that directly address this Call to Action:
- Bill C-23 dedicated to the designation and protection of federally owned historic places. This will be Canada’s first legislation of this kind and will result in a stronger voice for Indigenous peoples in determining the people, places and events considered to be of national historic significance and national historic interest in Canada.
- Federal government will consult with Indigenous groups to revise the National Program of Historical Commemoration and
- No specific mention of developing and implementing national heritage plan and strategy aside from $23.9M over 5 years to fund specific “Indigenous views, history and heritage” actions in national parks, marine conversation areas and historic sites.
Parks Canada and Provincial Actions
Minister Guilbeault presents response to the 2023 Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada
The 13 actions proposed in the response will help advance Parks Canada’s priorities in the management of national historic sites, national parks and national marine……
July 25, 2023
Historic Sites and Monuments Bd.
Government of Canada Commemorates the National Historic Significance of the Ancient Mehtawtik Village
Parks Canada Agency: The ancient village of Mehtawtik (Meductic) was the principal settlement of the Wəlastəkokewiyik from before the 17th century. It was located on the……
May 25, 2022