Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments


September 29, 2020


Premier apology to Indigenous and Blacks

CTV News – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil apologized Tuesday to Black and Indigenous Nova Scotians for systemic racism in the province’s justice system, and said the government is committed to reform. McNeil said he is putting together a restorative justice team composed of members of Black and Indigenous communities, as well as members of government and the police, to work on ways to reform the justice system.
He said the restorative justice team will look beyond policing. It will analyze the jail system, the judiciary and other aspects of the justice system, he said, adding it will also consider the social issues underlying the criminalization of Black and Indigenous communities.

November 19, 2019

First Nations

2019 Speech from the Throne

Speech from the throne focused on the government’s priorities and included initiatives planned in the six key priority areas to build upon progress made over the past year, including:

  • World-class Education
  • Dependable Public Health Care
  • Vibrant and Sustainable Communities
  • Energized Private Sector
  • Affordable and Sustainable Government
  • High Performing Organization

Form an All Nations and Parties Working Group on Truth and Reconciliation to keep government accountable and give departments a greater understanding of the priorities of First Nations.

November 19, 2019

First Nations

Dedicated Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

The government appointed a full-time Minister of Aboriginal Affairs because “rebuilding this relationship deserves a full- time minister”

October 2, 2018

First Nations

Bill No. 78 – Truth and Reconciliation Commitment Act:

Bill No, 78 – Truth and Reconciliation Commitment Act: An Act to Implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada”, a private members bill introduced in the Nova Scotia legislature with two main commitments:

  • The Province is committed to implementing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as set out in the Commission’s Final Report, “Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future”.
  • The Premier shall table annually a report in the House of Assembly on the Province’s progress towards implementing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

This Bill was re-introduced as Bill 21, Private Members Bill, for First Reading in the Nova Scotia legislature on Oct. 15, 2021

December 15, 2015

First Nations

Response to TRC Report

Nova Scotia is committed to continuing to work hand-in-hand with our aboriginal partners as well as our federal, provincial and territorial colleagues to answer the call to action from the commission.” There are opportunities for progress to be made in Nova Scotia. Work already started includes:

  • development of an online treaty education resource for all educators in Nova Scotia
  • integration of aspects of treaty education, including Mi’kmaw language and culture, into the newly streamlined grades primary to three curriculum with more integration to come as the streamlining process continues
  • distribution of 3OO education kits entitled 100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada to all high schools in the province
  • signing of a memorandum of understanding on treaty education

The province will review the comprehensive report and continue to work with Mi’kmaq leaders to understand local priorities.

June 14, 2015

First Nations

Response to TRC Summary report

As a government, we will take the necessary time to review the report and its recommendations, and will work to repair and rebuild the relationship with First Nations. Our government will work collaboratively with First Nation communities to establish, develop and strengthen our relationship, and we will work with other levels of government and institutions to respond appropriately to this report.

We have been consistent in our support for a national inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. We are also working with our partners to end violence against aboriginal women and girls living in New Brunswick.

We are currently renewing the Enhanced Education and Service Agreements with our First Nation partners to improve outcomes for aboriginal learners. We also support the community-based Healing to Wellness Court in Elsipogtog First Nation as it incorporates First Nations practices and culture.

February 25, 1996

First Nations

Suprteme Court upholds Treaty from 1752

The Supreme Court upheld the Treaty of 1752 between the Mi’kmaq and the Crown. (Toronto Star Oct. 2, 2019)

February 25, 1993

First Nations

Treaty Days

Nova Scotia’s Treaty Days was proclaimed in 1993 to commemorate and celebrate the relationship between the Mi”kmaq and the Crown (Toronto Star (Oct. 2, 2019)