Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments


July 7, 2021

First Nations

Ministerial Committee on Anti-Racism

The Ministerial Committee on Anti-Racism continues work for further action and community engagement to develop the necessary tools to stop racism in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ministers agree on the following actions:

  • Reviewing legislative provisions to identify options to address hate speech in provincial laws;
  • Launching an anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia public education campaign, in consultation with cultural organizations and community partners; and
  • Commencing a provincial program review to identify and remove systemic racism, in partnership with community representatives.

Actions already underway include:

  • Culture and Diversity are embedded throughout large portions of the K-12 social studies curriculum, with significant focus on the issues of acceptance, understanding, equal rights and the negative impacts of racism, among other related topics. Future curriculum updates will build on these topics with a specific lens of anti-racism; and
  • Intercultural competency and trauma-informed training is offered to justice-sector employees to educate and inform staff and improve the interactions of people within the justice system.

June 18, 2020

First Nations

Renaming “Discovery Day”

Discovery Day, formerly celebrated the discovery of Newfoundland by John Cabot in 1497. The Provincial Government has determined that it is not appropriate to refer to the June 24 holiday as ‘Discovery Day.’ Before a new name can be established, consultations must take place with Indigenous governments and organizations in the spirit of reconciliation regarding this holiday. In the meantime, the holiday will be referred to as the June holiday.

October 14, 2019


Innu Nation denounces NunatuKavut Community Council MOU with Canada

Innu Nation is denouncing the MOU signed between Canada and the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC). “Canada has acted dishonourably now on two occasions. First, they announced in 2018 that they were embarking on “exploratory talks” without giving us any details on what was being discussed. Now, Canada has signed a secret deal with NCC that gives them a seat at a “rights recognition” table without considering the impacts that such talks will have on the Innu”, said Deputy Grand Chief Etienne Rich. “What is obvious to us is that Canada is ignoring their responsibilities to the Innu, and we are seeking advice on our legal options.”
While we have spent over 50 years seeking recognition of our rights, NCC is now being rushed to the front of the line while the Innu are being trampled.” concluded Grand Chief Rich.

September 5, 2019


NunatuKavut Community Council MOU

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Todd Russell, President of the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding on self-determination.
This Memorandum of Understanding will help guide the Government of Canada and NCC as they work in partnership to explore new ways to strengthen their relationship and address the priorities identified by NCC. The goal of this process is to move forward together to find shared and balanced solutions that advance reconciliation in a way that respects the interests of members of NCC and all Canadians.

October 30, 2018

First Nations

Orange Shirt Day

Premier Dwight Bell called on all members of the legislature, in the spirit of reconciliation and revitalizing our relationship with Indigenous peoples, to join with him in recognizing September 30 as Orange Shirt Day in Newfoundland and Labrador in acknowledging survivors of the residential school system.

July 12, 2018


NunatuKavut: Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and Todd Russell, President of the NunatuKavut Community Council, announced the start of discussions on recognition of Indigenous rights and self-determination. Discussions will be community-driven, could cover many different issues, and involve ongoing engagement with NunatuKavut members. The goal is to obtain greater clarity on the rights, needs and interests most important to the community as well as finding common ground to move ahead in partnership toward shared solutions that help advance reconciliation and renew the relationship.
NunatuKavut means “Our Ancient Land” in Inuttitut and is the traditional territory of the Southern Inuit. The NunatuKavut Community Council is the representative governing body for approximately 6,000 Inuit of south and central Labrador, collectively known as the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut.

November 24, 2017


Nunatsiavut: Prime Minister Trudeau’s Residential School apology

Prime Minister Trudeau apologized to survivors of indigenous people who went to residential schools after 1949 – when the province joined Confederation. Provincial Government will undertake its own apology to residential school survivors in consultation with the survivors of the former residential school system and the leaders of Indigenous Governments and Organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador.” Labrador survivors were left out of prime minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology because the schools were not run by the federal government at the time.

May 26, 2017

First Nations

Indigenous Leaders Roundtable

First Indigenous leader’s roundtable to discuss common interests and update progress on TRC Calls to Action

February 22, 2017

First Nations

Government Re-structuring

The newly merged Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs Secretariat and the Office of Labrador Affairs unifies the govt’s efforts to build intergovernmental relations with efforts to advance relationships with Indigenous Governments and Organizations. A separate Office of Labrador Affairs was created to help address unique issues and advance social and economic development in the region. Responsibilities for both offices remain with the Premier.

January 22, 2005


Nunatsiavut: Agreement-in-Principle

Negotiations between the Innu Nation of labrador are now under way for a Final Agreement with the governments of Canada and Newfoundand and Labrador

March 25, 1996


Nunatsiavut Framework Agreement

Innu Nation of Labrador signs the Framework Agreement in 1996 after 10 years of negotiation

February 25, 1986


Nunatsiavut: Launch of Innu Nation of Labrador land claim process

The Innu Nation in Nunatsiavut (Newfoundland and Labrador) formally entered the land claim process in 1977 by filing a statement of claim. It took over a decade of additional work with anthropologists and ethnographers to verify Innu land use and occupancy studies to establish land claim boundaries before Canada indicated that it was were prepared to sit down to negotiate a framework agreement with Innu Nation and the Province to start negotiations