Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments

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June 18, 2021


First Nations

Creation of Super Ministry

Norther Ontario Business – Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry and Ministry of Indigenous Services are all handled by Minister Greg Rickford


March 3, 2020


Métis

Otipemisiwak: A National Conference on Métis Self-Government

Métis governments from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario are gathering next week in Ottawa on March 9 and 10 for a first-of-its-kind conference on Métis self-government. The conference builds on the historic signings of the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements (MGRSAs) in June 2019. The MGRSAs are the first agreements in Canada to recognize the Métis inherent right of self-government based on Métis rights recognition and implementation. This conference will bring together Métis leaders, citizens, federal government representatives, legal experts, academics, and First Nations who have successfully negotiated modern day treaties and self-government agreements.
http://www.metisnation.org/media/655638/mno-otipemisiwak-agenda-full-5.pdf


August 19, 2019


Métis

State of the Nation Address

President Froh “State of the Nation Address” stressed the importance of the MNO-Canada-Ontario Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation that she described as “monumentally historic.” She stated that the MNO is fully prepared to keep advancing its mandate of self-determination and self-government on behalf of the rights of Metis people throughout Ontario. This she stated “is about respect for our rights, our government and our people and we will continue to advance these collective goals as we build for the future.”


June 29, 2019


First Nations

Dedicated Ministry of Indigenous Affairs eliminated

tbnewswatch.com – The Ministry of Indigenous Services has been integrated into a combined Ministry of Energy, Northern Affairs and Mines, Energy and Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. Under the previous Liberal government those responsibilities had been divided between three individual ministers.


June 27, 2019


Métis

Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement

This agreement affirms the Métis right of self-government and recognize the mandates of the Métis Nation of Ontario (also Metis Nations of Alberta and Saskatchewan). The agreement also set out next steps to formally recognize the Métis governments as Indigenous governments in Canadian law.
While the Métis Nation of Ontario already has well-established province-wide governance structures, the agreements signed today deal with the recognition of Métis jurisdiction in core governance areas (citizenship, leadership selection and government operations). They also set out processes for negotiating other agreements dealing with additional areas of jurisdiction in the future.
https://www.metisnation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-06-27-metis-government-recognition-and-self-government-agreement.pdf


April 12, 2019


First Nations

Indigenous Relations budget cut

This year its base funding was reduced by 15 per cent to 74.4 million, down from 88 million last year, and there is no allotment for one-time investments such as claim settlements.


April 30, 2018


Métis

Framework Agreement on Métis Harvesting

Advances the recognition of Métis rights in the province. The Framework Agreement replaces a previous MNO-MNRF interim agreement from July 2004 as well as consolidates the collaborative work that the MNO and Ontario have undertaken over the last decade with respect to advancing the recognition of Métis rights, including the identification of seven historic Métis communities in August 2017 and the completion of an independent review of the MNO Harvester Card system in January 2018 (the “Independent Review”) that confirmed the MNO has a reliable system to identify Métis rights-holders.
http://www.metisnation.org/media/654740/metis-harvesting-framework-agreement.pdf


April 17, 2018


First Nations

Treaty Relationship Agreement with Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler today marked the signing of the Treaty Relationship Agreement to strengthen the relationship between the province and Nishnawbe Aski Nation. It lays the foundation for more meaningful discussions on priority issues that affect First Nation people and communities, such as economic development, resource development, environmental protection, socio-economic conditions, health and education. Ontario’s Treaty Strategy commits to promoting public awareness on treaties, facilitates constructive engagement on treaties, revitalizes treaty relationships and promotes improved socio-economic outcomes for Indigenous peoples.


February 15, 2018


Métis

Annual Meeting with Premier

The annual meeting with the Premier provides the MNO with the opportunity to discuss its government-to- government relationship with Ontario including updating on key priorities and areas of shared interest and concern. “We provided an overview of the many advancements that have been made by MNO and Ontario working in collaboration as well as highlighting areas that require greater focus and attention.” Commented President Froh.


December 11, 2017


Métis

Framework Agreement to Advance Reconciliation

The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario have signed a historic Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation. Under the Framework Agreement, Canada, Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario will begin negotiations toward shared and balanced solutions that advance reconciliation and enhance the well-being of Métis Nation of Ontario citizens. The Framework Agreement will establish a process for discussions about developing a government-to-government relationship between the Crown and the Métis Nation of Ontario. It also identifies areas of mutual interest and key topics for future negotiations, such as Métis self-government, health, housing, education, and a tripartite consultation protocol
http://www.metisnation.org/media/654616/scanned-from-a-xerox-multifunction-printer.pdf


February 3, 2017


Métis

MOU to Advance Reconciliation

Establishes an exploratory discussion table between the MNO and Canada with the goal of arriving at a framework agreement by September 2017. The anticipated framework agreement would establish a formal negotiations process based on mutually agreeable subject matters, including Métis self-government, lands, rights and outstanding claims against the Crown

https://www.metisnation.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/mno-canada-mou-on-reconciliation-final-february-3-2017.pdf


May 30, 2016


First Nations

Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous People

Budget commits $250M/3 yrs + $104.5M annually after. “Journey Together” outlines expectations around achieving greater equity with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across all dimensions: economic, educational, social, housing, justice system, health, clean environments and land use.

Programs and Actions:

  • Understanding the Legacy of Residential Schools
  • Closing Gaps and Removing Barriers
  • Creating a Culturally Relevant and Responsive Justice System
  • Supporting Indigenous Culture
  • Reconciling Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

May 30, 2016


Métis

Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous People

Investments of $250M/3 yrs + $104.5M annually after. Outline expectations around achieving greater equity with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across all dimensions: economic, educational, social, housing, justice system, health, clean environments and land use.
Programs and Actions:

  • Understanding the Legacy of Residential Schools
  • Closing Gaps and Removing Barriers
  • Creating a Culturally Relevant and Responsive Justice System
  • Supporting Indigenous Culture
  • Reconciling Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
  • Priorities outlined in “Journey Together” plus
  • Building Economic Opportunity
  • Improving Drinking Water for First Nation
  • Addressing Housing Needs for Indigenous People
  • Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women
  • Engaging in Dialogue with the Federal Government

Ont. FN Health Action Plan (3 yrs) Spread across multiple Calls to Action (incl. annual base funding of $77M). Inc. $7.2M in new funding for 2016-17
https://files.ontario.ca/trc_report_web_mar17_en_1.pdf


May 30, 2016


First Nations

Official Apology

Premier Kathleen Wynne apologized today on behalf of the Government of Ontario for the brutalities committed for generations at residential schools and the continued harm this abuse has caused to Indigenous cultures, communities, families and individuals.


May 25, 2016


First Nations

First Nations Health Action Plan

Ont. First Nations Health Action Plan (3 yrs) Spread across multiple Calls to Action (incl. annual base funding of $77M). Inc. $7.2M in new funding for 2016-17 to ensure Indigenous people have access to more culturally appropriate care and improved outcomes, focusing on the North where there are significant gaps in health services. This investment will be followed by sustained funding of $104.5 million annually to address health inequities and improve access to culturally appropriate health services over the long term.
https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/38954/ontario-launches-222-million-first-nations-health-action-plan


December 1, 2015


Métis

Bill 153 Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act

Bill 153 Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act signed between government of Ontario and Métis Nation of Ontario. Both the courts and the legislature have affirmed that the law in this province recognizes our historic and continued existence as an Indigenous people. This is the first Métis-specific legislation in Ontario history
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/s15039


August 24, 2015


First Nations

Political Accord

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne signed the Accord for the Province, while Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day signed on behalf of the Political Confederacy and Chiefs-in-Assembly.

  • The Accord creates a formal bilateral relationship framed by the recognition of the treaty relationship.
  • The Accord affirms that First Nations have an inherent right to self-government and that the relationship between Ontario and the First Nations must be based upon respect for this right
  • Commits the parties to work together on issues of mutual interest, including resource benefits sharing, the treaty relationship and jurisdictional matters.
  • Sets a path for further reconciliation between First Nations and the people of Ontario.
  • The Accord also commits the Premier and First Nations’ leadership to meet twice yearly in order to further advance their efforts on shared priorities

November 17, 2008


Métis

MNO – Ontario Framework Agreement

Established a collaborative relationship that reinforced the commitment to work together to improve the well-being of Métis children, families and communities while building knowledge and understanding of Métis culture among all Ontarians.