Current Problems: Urban Commitments to Reconciliation

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June 10, 2024

Group renews calls for new ‘Indigenous specific’ council seat at City of Hamilton

Modified date: June 11, 2024, 8:07 am  NationTalk: An Indigenous consulting group is renewing its calls for the creation of an Indigenous specific position among the city’s elected officials. Last year, Circle of Beads, a group of local Indigenous leaders and advocates, initiated a campaign urging the City of Hamilton to create a new position among...

May 2, 2024

Quesnel mayor censured, banned from First Nation’s land

Council voted unanimously to censure Ron Paull and relieve him of duties at an emotional meeting CBC News: The mayor of Quesnel, B.C., has been stripped of many of his duties and barred from entering land belonging to multiple First Nations in and around his community. On Tuesday night, Quesnel’s city council voted unanimously to censure...

March 6, 2024

My reconciliation journey – one bench at a time

NationTalk: Winnipeg Free Press – The Canadian Museum of Human Rights recently hosted a gathering of Winnipeg Indigenous Accord stakeholders, which was excellent groundwork for World Justice Day on Feb. 20. By definition, an accord is an agreement. Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord is a living document guiding a shared commitment to the Journey of Reconciliation rooted...

March 5, 2024

Leaders from 11 Western Canadian cities issue formal request to Statistics Canada: halt release of annual Crime Severity Index rankings until formal consultations are held with smaller communities and Indigenous leadership

NationTalk: Saskatoon, SK – Elected officials from eleven municipalities, all in Western Canada, issued a public call-to-action today for Statistics Canada: an immediate stop in the publication of the Crime Severity Index (CSI) rankings for communities until consultations are held with smaller communities and Indigenous leadership. The call-to-action stems from a full-day conference initiated by...

October 19, 2023

Discovery of Indigenous artifacts hindering the rebuild of Lytton, B.C.: Mayor

Structures that were destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. File photo by The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck  Canada’s National Observer: The Canadian Press – Archeologists have uncovered thousands of artifacts, including a 7,500-year-old spear point, as they dig below what was Lytton, B.C., the village destroyed by fire in June...

August 29, 2023

Bruce County mayor resigns after accusing First Nation in Ontario of being ‘poor and unclean’ in recording

Garry Michi was caught on tape questioning funding to build water treatment plant in First Nation CBC News: The mayor of South Bruce Peninsula has resigned after he was caught on tape making racist comments about a nearby First Nation community, the Ontario town announced in a statement Tuesday. Garry Michi was recorded in an...

August 28, 2023

Rural Manitoba politician suspended in fallout from offensive remarks

By Kathleen Martens Andy Kuczynski suggested First Nations people would take up beds proposed nursing home Doug Murray and his wife stand by the RM of Springfield sign in rural Manitoba. Photo courtesy Tony Zerucha  A rural Manitoba politician is no longer sharing his opinion on “truth and reconciliation.” Coun. Andy Kuczynski has been suspended without...

June 4, 2023

Vitriol in Val d’Or: How homelessness and petty crime have reignited racial tensions

Anger bubbles over in mining community in Quebec’s Abitibi-Témiscamingue region Vitriol in Val d’Or: How homelessness, petty crime are reigniting racial tensions WARNING: This story contains vulgar language. Click on the following link to watch the above video: CBC News: Most municipal council meetings go unnoticed. Not so for one recently in Val d’Or,...

May 8, 2023

City of St. Albert publishes report of racist comments residents made during naming discussions

‘This is not the St. Albert I know,’ Mayor Cathy Heron say WARNING: This story contains distressing details. CBC News: Consultants who ran public engagement sessions on municipal naming in St. Albert, Alta., last year say the project drew an unprecedented level of discriminatory, racist and threatening comments from a small but vocal minority of residents....

April 21, 2023

‘A wicked web of lies’: Alberta town under fire for rejecting wellness centre for Indigenous families

NationTalk: Global News – The town of Bashaw in central Alberta is facing a $4 million lawsuit launched by Bashaw Retreat Centre Inc. against the mayor and past and current councilors, alleging they obstructed efforts to rent the facility out as a wellness centre for Indigenous families. In a statement of claim filed in late February, Bashaw...

March 16, 2023

Measuring Realities of Racism in Northern Ontario

Nationtalk: While racism and discrimination are still prevalent in Northern Ontario, the latest reports by Northern Policy Institute in partnership with Environics Research show that, for the most part, northern communities are welcoming. In February 2022, Northern Policy Institute and organizations across Northern Ontario launched a data-collection exercise to measure individual experiences and attitudes across...

February 27, 2023

Lawsuit claims racism from an Alberta town made approved wellness centre impossible to realize

“…an apology isn’t going to cut it.” — Phillip Millar, legal counsel First Peoples Law Report: – Legal action initiated against the central Alberta town of Bashaw claims that “racial prejudice” made the approval of a wellness centre that would serve Maskwacis members impossible to be realized. James Carpenter and Dr. Tony Mucciarone, partners...

September 14, 2022

Advancing the TRC Calls to Action

Women Transforming Cities: Delegates to the 2022 Convention were presented with highlights on the progress local governments have made in advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action at a clinic earlier today. Speakers from Women Transforming Cities identified that 54% of surveyed municipalities have made progress on less than three calls to action;...

January 17, 2022

Yellowknife’s Indigenous Relations Advisor

Cabin Radio – Stacie Smith to become Yellowknofe’s new deputy Mayor. Smith, who was elected in 2018, is of Tłı̨chǫ, Nunatukavut, and English descent. She is currently the only Indigenous member of Yellowknife’s city council. During her tenure, she has served as chair of the city’s community advisory board on homelessness and spoken about the...

June 15, 2020

Report on Systemic Discrimination in Montreal

The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) makes public today the “Report on the public consultation on systemic racism and discrimination” within Montréal jurisdiction.“ The analysis of the documentation provided and accounts heard lead the commission to conclude that the lack of formal recognition of the systemic nature of the racism and discrimination victimizing...

March 12, 2020

Yellowknife’s Indigenous Relations Advisor

CBC – Eliminating the Indigenous Relations Advisor in a city with 24% Indigenous population (2018 data). Indigenous Service Canada provided initial funding for 18 months that was not renewed. The city would not include in ongoing budget. Councillor Stacie Smith, who is Tlicho, the only Indigenous member on City Council, said that with few Indigenous...

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