July 3, 2022
Premier Hosts Joint Meeting of Mi’kmaw Chiefs, Cabinet
NationTalk: Premier Tim Houston, cabinet ministers and Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs held their first joint meeting today, June 30, discussing a wide range of issues and building relationships.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the government to strengthen our relationship with the Mi’kmaq and work closely together on issues our communities are facing,” said Premier Houston. “A brighter future starts with a shared belief in each other, in our communities and in all Nova Scotians.”
This discussion focused on mutual priorities in:
- the environment,
- the education system,
- economic development and
- building communities.
“It is crucial our governments work together on the goals and priorities we have in common, but also that we build a relationship so that we can work respectfully, understanding that, at times, we may have unique positions on important matters,” said Chief Annie Bernard-Daisley, Co-chair, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs. “Today is a great first step to building that relationship, and we look forward to continuing these discussions with our government partners.”
“Meeting with Premier Houston and the Nova Scotia cabinet is an important demonstration of our nation-to-nation relationship and an opportunity to discuss matters that help strengthen and build our relationship as treaty partners,” said Chief Sidney Peters, Co-chair, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs. “We are confident that these discussions will be the initial steps to a co-operative path forward.”
Through my visits to Mi’kmaw communities and meeting M’ikmaw leaders and community members, I have deepened my learning about the opportunities and challenges we share. As Nova Scotians, we are all treaty people and have a role to play in advancing reconciliation. Karla MacFarlane, Minister of L’nu Affairs
- the last joint meeting between the Mi’kmaw Chiefs and cabinet was held in December 2017
- last September, Nova Scotia announced that September 30 will be recognized annually as Truth and Reconciliation Day
- the Mi’kmaw Language Act recognizing Mi’kmaw as Nova Scotia’s first language was passed by the legislature in April
Treaty Education Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/treaty-education/index.html
News release – Truth and Reconciliation Day Recognized in Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20210903008
News release – Legislation Enshrines Mi’kmaw as Nova Scotia’s First Language: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20220407003
June 21, 2022
Government of NB launches new website tracking progress on TRC Calls to Action
A new website was launched today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, to provide updates on the provincial government’s progress in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.
“One year ago, our government released a progress report outlining work already completed or underway on more than two dozen calls to action,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Arlene Dunn. “This website is a quick and easy way for government to provide updates for the public and remain accountable as we walk a path toward reconciliation.”
The commission’s final report was released in 2015. It called on all levels of government, in addition to organizations and residents of Canada, to take action to mend the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
The report included 94 calls to action, 31 of which are the responsibility of the provincial government.
“As you will note, we are making many advancements,” said Dunn. “But, as I have indicated before, reconciliation is an ongoing process. It is not about checking boxes on a list, and there is still much to be done. We have trust to rebuild, relationships to establish and concrete actions to implement that demonstrate we are sincere in our commitment to reconciliation.”
Dunn said the government is making progress in several areas, including:
- Waiving fees to make it easier for survivors of residential schools and their family members to reclaim traditional names.
- Engaging with First Nations to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible residential schools monument in Fredericton to honour survivors and the children who did not survive residential schools.
- Agreements between the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and First Nations for curriculum development on the history of residential schools.
- Smudging ceremonies being available across the Horizon Health Network, when requested, and sacred medicines (sage, cedar and sweetgrass) being available at most hospitals.
- Having Indigenous patient navigators at hospitals in Fredericton and Miramichi, serving as a resource and point of contact for Indigenous patients and their families, health-care providers and community members, to ensure the provision of care is culturally safe and client-centred.
- The Department of Aboriginal Affairs co-ordinating opportunities for cultural awareness training for all public servants. This will include training on topics such as the history of Indigenous peoples in New Brunswick and residential and day schools.
June 17, 2022
2022–2027 Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Wellness of the First Nations and Inuit
Together for Future Generations: 2022–2027 Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Wellness of the First Nations and Inuit
NationTalk: The 2022–2027 Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Wellness of the First Nations and Inuit was announced today by Ian Lafrenière, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs. The plan outlines the Gouvernement du Québec’s new commitments on matters affecting Indigenous communities and reflects an evolution toward nation‑to‑nation relations.
The $141.1 million Action Plan details a total of 52 government measures planned for the next five years divided into six areas, involving 13 government departments and bodies, as well as a number of Indigenous partners. Focus Read include:
CULTURE, INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES AND RECONCILIATION
- Develop, promote and preserve Indigenous languages in Québec (MCC)
- Foster the development of self-supporting learning courses for the transmissionof Indigenous languages (MES)
- Increase assistance for Indigenous media organizations and provide suitable support (MCC)
- Contribute to the vitality and outreach of Indigenous cultures (MCC)
- Issue a call for projects on Indigenous languages, cultural projects for school-agechildren, and Indigenous media (MCC)
- Increase the number of cultural development agreements, strengthen existing agreements, and continue to hire cultural development officers in communities (MCC)
- Support the construction of infrastructures of the “culture centre” type (SAA)
- Implement a campaign to make the Québec population in general more aware of the Indigenous peoples (SAA)
ISSUES AND CHALLENGES FOR INDIGENOUS WOMEN
- Provide emergency financial assistance for victims of violence (MJQ)
- Support the integration of services for Indigenous victims of domestic, family and sexual violence (MJQ)
- Establish a crisis line, a chat-line and referencing line specific to the First Nations and Inuit (MJQ)
- Establish legal services for Indigenous women who are victims of violence (MJQ)
- Establish psychosocial support services, as part of the court process, for Indigenous women who are victims of domestic, family or sexual violence (MJQ)
- Support domestic and family violence projects implemented by Indigenous police forces (MSP)
- Establish specialized intervention services for incarcerated Indigenous women with a history of sexual or conjugal victimization (MSP)
- Support organizations for Cree and Inuit women (SCF)
- Support initiatives that promote the mobilization and leadership among Indigenous women (SAA)
- Assess the needs of Indigenous women subjected to domestic violence and Indigenous children exposed to violence in terms of the residential resources provided in urban environments (MSSS)
OVERALL DEVELOPMENT FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
- Support initiatives that target student retention and the success of Indigenous students (MEQ)
- Implement the program La cour d’école in Indigenous communities (DCPP)
- Support the introduction “Turaartavik” early childhood outreach workers (Agir tôt program) in Inuit communities in Nunavik for children up to six years of age and their families (MSSS)*
- Improve access to and the continuity of culturally relevant and secure perinatal care and services for the First Nations and Inuit (MSSS)
- Support the hiring of community-based, culturally-aware caseworkers in urban environments (MF)
- Help communities become autonomous in the area of child and youth protection by supporting and promoting the signing and implementing of agreements (MSSS)
- Support the adaptation of clinical practices to the realities, cultures and needs of Indigenous children and families (MSSS)
- Ensure that more managers, caseworkers and foster families receive training on cultural security in the area of child and youth protection and community-based services for young people in difficulty, to improve their knowledge of Indigenous realities and enhance their cultural skills (MSSS)
- Implement the recommendations in the Report of the Committee on the Application of Bill 21 in Aboriginal Communities, An Act to amend the Professional Code and other legislative provisions in the field of mental health and human relations (SAA)
SOCIOECONOMIC CONDITIONS AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
- Support projects and initiatives for the retention and educational success of Indigenous school students (MES)
- Help the Société immobilière du Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec implement a new community living project for Indigenous students and their families in Chibougamau (MES)
- Develop basic education programs for English-speaking members of the First Nations and the Inuit in detention (MSP)
- Improve the First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program to extend it to other professions and nations (MSSS)
- Provide training for MTESS employees on Indigenous realities (Mikimowin) (MTESS)
- Fund positions for Indigenous employment development liaison officers (MTESS)
- Support joint action among Indigenous youth partners and the implementation of projects with their input (SAJ)
- Support the mobilization, development and support of Indigenous youth (SAJ)
- Continue funding for the program to hire coordinators responsible for communitymobilization, citizen involvement and the promotion of healthy lifestyles (SAA)
- Consolidate and develop the structure of discussion tables to improve Indigenous access to services in urban environments (SAA)
- Introduce direct support for Indigenous students planning to continue in higher education (SAA, MES)
- Fund the upgrading of residential buildings in the community of Kitcisakik to prepare for the electrification of the community by HQ (SAA, MAMH/SHQ)
INDIGENOUS HEALTH AND WELLNESS
- Enhance the accessibility, continuity and quality of services in the realm of general psychosocial, mental health, addiction, homelessness and suicide prevention needs for First Nations members, in particular by supporting the signing of cooperative agreements between communities not covered by an agreement and institutions belonging to the health and social services network in their region (MSSS)
- Invest in solutions for vulnerable people in Montréal, including the homeless, put forward by the Indigenous community (MSSS)
- Support community street patrols working with the homeless population in Montréal (SAA)
- Support the deployment of fifteen additional liaison officers in the health and social services network to strengthen cultural security capacity (MSSS)
- Incorporate cultural security in public health actions targeting health and prevention, including suicide prevention, with the First Nations and Inuit (MSSS)
JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SECURITY
- Offer support and assistance culturally-adapted for Indigenous clientele subject to judicial control in collaboration with specialized organizations (MSP)
- Provide services and conditions for Indigenous people in detention facilities that are more likely to promote a process of rehabilitation or healing, using a culturally- adapted approach (MSP)
- Help maintain a mixed intervention team in Sept-Îles and Indigenous liaison officers in urban environments (SQ)
- Improve services in the court system for the First Nations (MJQ)
- Enhance access to justice in Nunavik (MJQ)
- Support the coordination of FNQLHSSC activities in the area of justice (MJQ)
- Implement an emergency call service pilot project in Nunavik (MSP)
- Provide training on Indigenous realities for criminal and penal prosecuting attorneys in connection with the criminal justice system (DCPP)
The government extensively consulted with First Nations members and Inuit to identify the priority concerns of their communities and ensure that the plan is satisfactory to all stakeholders. The focuses of the Action Plan include nationhood, cultural safety, the Canadian constitutional framework and the Gouvernement du Québec’s responsibilities. Significant emphasis has also been placed on Indigenous languages and cultures and Inuit‑specific considerations.
May 27, 2022
Quebec cabinet minister vows to protect Indigenous languages following Bill 96 passage
Nunatsiaq News: Quebec Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière says he’s committed to supporting Indigenous people in the province, after his government approved a new law this week protecting French language use.
On Tuesday, the Quebec National Assembly voted to pass Bill 96, which aims to affirm French as the only official language in the province. It’s expected to take at least a year before the law takes effect. Despite the bill’s aim, Lafrenière said people are not going to be forced to speak French when interacting with provincial institutions.
He said people have been scared by what he called “fake news” about the government enforcing use of French, and that Indigenous people have a right to protect and speak their languages. “Protecting French does not have to be done in opposition to protecting other languages like Inuktitut,” Lafrenière said in an English-language interview with Nunatsiaq News.
However, the bill has sparked opposition among groups concerned that it will make it more difficult for Inuit in Nunavik to access services like health care and education.
That’s because it caps the number of students allowed in publicly funded, English-language post-secondary schools. It also could discourage the use of English within the health-care system, according to McGill professor Richard Budgell. He shared concerns that Inuit might have a harder time seeking health care in Quebec if French when Bill 96 comes into effect.
Lafrenière spoke to Nunatsiaq News after returning from a week spent in six Nunavik communities, as well as several First Nations communities in northern Quebec. He said discussions during the trip made him want to do more to work with Indigenous communities and organizations to find ways to protect their languages.
“I want to work that [out] with different nations, like Inuit, and we’ll be working on this to see what we should do,” he said. “It’s not clear at this moment, but we need to help out people to protect their own languages like Inuktitut, that’s for sure.” Lafrenière said he has accomplished a goal he set for himself as minister, to visit all 14 Nunavik communities.
Lafrenière said Inuit in Nunavik will benefit from $188 million over five years to Quebec’s Indigenous Initiatives Fund, to promote economic development and improve community infrastructure, although he did not elaborate on specific amounts or where the money would go. Lafrenière said he’s also committed to furthering Inuit self-determination talks in Quebec — something that was on the forefront of Gov. Gen. Mary Simon’s visit to the region earlier this month.
April 20, 2022
Appointment of Senior Indigenous Advisor
Advanced Education, Education and Social Services have established a senior out-of-scope Indigenous Advisor role to lead internal and external engagement and to provide Ministry advice on strategies, policies, programs and partnerships that will lead to improving Indigenous outcomes. Other initiatives:
March 11, 2022
A new reconciliation agreement between the Sts’ailes and British Columbia
STS’AILES XA’XA TEMEXW – A new reconciliation agreement between the Sts’ailes and British Columbia will support Sts’ailes’ social, cultural, economic and environmental goals, and increase prosperity for people in the lower Fraser Valley.
Sts’ailes Chief Ralph Leon shared in the Halq’emeylem language, “Ey swayel mekw’wat. Ey swayel tl’ó wáyél. Letstemot iyém te tset tl’ó wáyél. Ch’íthométsel mekw’wat te ey te syó:ys. Good day everyone. Today is a good day. Today we are strong and united. And I would like to thank everyone for the good work.”
The agreement outlines an incremental, step-by-step approach to implementation. In addition to the transfer of a 167-hectare parcel of Crown land along the Chehalis River, the agreement will support reconciliation with the Sts’ailes by providing $4.35 million over five years to support Sts’ailes in self-governance, restorative justice, economic initiatives and improved natural resource decision-making.
“Sts’ailes and the Province have a long history of partnership and I congratulate the entire Sts’ailes community for taking this next step in our journey together,” said Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “This new agreement strengthens our relationship, supports Sts’ailes’ goals and vision for their territory and strengthens their participation in the regional economy.”
The reconciliation agreement includes supporting the Sts’ailes with:
- exploring and establishing new economic opportunities in tourism and recreation;
- building a Sts’ailes Guardian environmental stewardship program;
- promoting land stewardship through a plant inventory and studies to support future land-use planning; and
- developing social initiatives such as restorative justice.
In addition to this agreement, the Ministry of Health is providing $2.5 million to Sts’ailes to purchase land for a Sts’ailes-led primary health-care centre.
March 3, 2022
Pursuing legislative solution to end impact of enfranchisement under the Indian Act
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Juristes Power Law, who represent the plaintiffs in the Nicholas v Canada (Attorney General), are pleased to announce that they have reached a mutual agreement to put the litigation on hold while working to pursue a legislative solution to end the ongoing impact of enfranchisement under the Act today.
Minister Hajdu has committed to work towards introducing legislation in the House of Commons by summer to make the necessary amendments to the registration provisions of the Indian Act.
“Enfranchisement” was a process whereby members of First Nations lost eligibility to registration and membership in their home communities. In return, they gained basic entitlements, such a:
- Canadian citizenship
- the right to vote in Canadian elections
- the right to hold land in fee simple, and
- freedom from compulsory residential school attendance for their children.
While the enfranchisement process was removed from the Indian Act in 1985, the fact of historical enfranchisement continues to play a role in determining entitlement to registration today.
February 25, 2022
BC Government expressed its deep regret for the mistakes of past governments in their treatment of Aboriginal people.
December 14, 2021
2021 Fall Economic Statement
Government of Canada: This fiscal update includes a provision to settle the cases on harm to First Nation children currently before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and to invest in transforming the services offered to First Nation children and their families.
- We have provisioned $20 billion for compensation and $20 billion to improve the system going forward.
- $37M over 5 years for Indigenous Services Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat to work to meet Canada’s target of 5 per cent of federal contracts being awarded to businesses managed and led by Indigenous peoples as announced on August 6, 2021. The funding will be used to modernize the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business, engage and consult with Indigenous partners and rights holders, and implement a reporting framework.
- $33M funding over 2 years proposed for Indigenous Services Canada to support a coordination agreement with Cowessess First Nation to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services under “An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families”, as announced on July 6, 2021.
- $320M ovr 5 years is proposed for the departments of Canadian Heritage, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services Canada to further address the tragic legacy of residential schools. Funding will allow more Indigenous communities to undertake the work to locate, document and commemorate the burials of children who died while attending residential schools, enhance residential schools commemoration activities, install a National Residential Schools Monument, increase access to trauma-informed health and cultural support services and support the demolition and rehabilitation of residential school sites, as announced on August 10, 2021.
December 10, 2021
Second Annual (2021) Statutory Report
Release of “Second Annual (2021) Statutory Report Pursuant to Section 10 of the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Act, Statutes of Canada, Chapter 29, 2019”. The report covers the period between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 and emphasizes that the government’s path to reconciliation is guided by the:
- Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
- Qikiqtani Truth Commission
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action
- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls Calls for Justice
- Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
- Arctic and Northern Policy Framework
Progress to Date:
- MMIWG Action Plan released on June 3, 2021
- Formalizing relationships with Indigenous women’s organizations: Native Women’s Association of Canada, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak (Women of the Métis Nation)
- Completion of 16 Calls to Action (vs 4 completed by Indigenous Watchdog’s count as of March 31, 2021. Now 20 vs 8 as of March 21, 2022)
- Introduced legislation to address UNDRIP (C2A #43), Statutory Holiday (C2A #80), Oath of Citizenship (C2A #94)
- Advancing Calls to Action #71-76 to address Missing Children and Burial Information
- Commitment to settle “Indigenous childhood claims litigation”
- From Jan. 1, 2016 to March 31, 2021, 173 claims have been resolved for $4.7B in compensation. As of March 31, 2021, there were 584 claims in the Specific Claims Inventory: 177 in assessment, 338 in negotiations and 69 under the purview of the Specific Claims Tribunal
For full details on a wide range of other topics see:
November 17, 2021
Bill 18 “Indigenous Identity” and Bill 29 “Interpretation Act Amendments”
BC Government – Tabled Bill 18, which adds Indigenous identity as a protected ground against discrimination in the B.C. Human Rights Code. He also tabled Bill 29, which amends the Interpretation Act to make it clear that all provincial laws uphold, and do not diminish, the rights of Indigenous people protected under section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. This is known as a universal non-derogation clause.
The amendments to the Interpretation Act, developed in consultation and co-operation with Indigenous representative organizations, also add an interpretive direction that all provincial acts and regulations must be read so as to be consistent with the UN Declaration.
The provincial government’s obligation under the Declaration Act to align laws with the UN Declaration in consultation and co-operation with Indigenous Peoples was at the forefront as Bills 18 and 29 were developed. The purpose of the Interpretation Act is to provide guidance and assistance for the interpretation of laws where their meaning is not clear. The act applies to every piece of legislation unless the legislation notes otherwise.
November 16, 2021
Modern Treaty and Self-Government Partners Forum Founding Agreement
Government of NWT – Leaders from the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the five Indigenous governments with modern treaty and self-government agreements in the Northwest Territories held their third meeting as the Modern Treaty and Self-Government Partners (MTSGP).
Leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual interest related to implementation of land, resources, and self-government agreements, including:
- Moving forward on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the NWT through the working group established under the NWT Council of Leaders, especially Article 37 that states treaties and agreements must be respected, recognized, observed, and enforced;
- Continuing to work collaboratively on procurement to develop an approach that reflects the interests of all parties and recognizes the need to ensure the implementation of modern treaty obligations;
- Identifying opportunities for social and economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic impact and due to the decrease in industry activity in the resource sector; and
- Creating opportunities for joint engagement with the federal government.
The leaders also signed the Modern Treaty and Self-Government Partners Forum Founding Agreement to formally establish the Forum, an example of what reconciliation should look like between governments. It provides the five Modern Treaty partners and the Government of the Northwest Territories an opportunity to discuss matters of mutual concern and work collaboratively to improve the ongoing implementation of land claims and self-government agreements.
November 10, 2021
Québec Government and Québec Native Women Quarterly Meetings
Québec Government – The Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones and Quebec Native Women (QNW) have decided to hold quarterly meetings. The meetings will make it possible to define solutions for the priority issues faced by the Indigenous women and girls represented by the group, which include:
- domestic and family violence, and
- the fight against racism and discrimination.
The creation of this discussion platform will allow Quebec Native Women to work with decision-making authorities within the Québec government and to defend the interests and concerns of First Nations women and girls throughout Québec, whether living in Indigenous communities or urban areas. Both parties expect significant actions and change to emerge from the partnership, with the goal of raising the socio-economic and political conditions of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women to the same level
October 19, 2021
Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous People and Quebec
Québec Government – Under the theme “Change requires your commitment!”, this call for commitment aims to invite Quebec businesses to make commitments to the Indigenous peoples.
A document presenting the Vision for the Future of Indigenous Peoples has been prepared to help companies formulate commitments that will be meaningful and promising. This document contains an overview of the current situation and presents the ambitions of Indigenous peoples in terms of socioeconomic development.
Businesses wishing to get involved will be able to benefit from support offered by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC). For more information or to make a commitment, please visit the event website.
October 14, 2021
Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous People and Quebec
The Government of Quebec and the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) – are holding the Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous People and Quebec on November 25 and 26, 2021 to discuss the full participation of Indigenous people in Quebec’s economy as well as economic recovery, It will also be an opportunity for Quebec’s elected officials and business community to make commitments to Indigenous people. A call for commitment will be launched shortly to this effect.
October 8, 2021
The Path to Reconciliation Act Amendments
The Manitoba government has introduced amendments to Bill 75, “the Path to Reconciliation Amendment Act” that would establish the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice as a key component of its approach to advancing truth and reconciliation in Manitoba. Under this legislation, Manitoba’s efforts are to be guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the principles set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
September 24, 2021
Québec Micmac Nation Discussion Panel
The Québec government has appointed a new negotiator to represent it on the Québec-Mi’kmaq Nation discussion panel. Gilles Rouleau has been selected to fill this important position and will take up his duties on September 30, 2021.
The Québec government wishes to maintain harmonious nation-to-nation relations with the Listuguj, Gesgapegiag and Gespeg Mi’kmaq communities, based on partnership, understanding, and mutual respect. Such relations hinge on the establishment of a sustained dialogue, which can lead to the negotiation of agreements on topics of shared interest and foster better cohabitation. The Québec government and the Mi’kmaq Nation have sought for several years to establish and maintain such relations. They now wish to seek mutually acceptable, long-term solutions to certain of the questions that the parties have pinpointed.
September 17, 2021
Progress Report on Implementation of the Viens Commission Recommendations
Release of an interim assessment and review of the progress of the government’s initiatives, and focus on forthcoming stages of the government’s response to the “Public Inquiry Commission on Relations between Indigenous Peoples and Certain Public Services in Québec (the Viens Commission… The J’ai espoir plan that ultimately calls for $200 million in investments, of which $125 million has already been committed.
In the coming months, broader efforts will be focused on:
- youth protection
- the well-being of Indigenous women, and
- education, to ensure better representation of the history of the First Nations and the Inuit.
The Québec government also noted that a new Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Development of the First Nations and Inuit is being elaborated, since the 2017-2022 action plan is about to expire. The plan will afford the government an additional tool to implement the calls for action mentioned in the report of the Public Inquiry Commission on Relations between Indigenous Peoples and Certain Public Services in Québec.
The Table with details on progress on all recommendations is only availbale in french.
August 14, 2021
Indigenous Community Infrastructure Fund
Federal Government announced an investment of $4.3 billion over four years for the Indigenous Community Infrastructure Fund. Starting in 2021-22, this fund will support immediate demands, as prioritized by Indigenous partners.
- $2.709 billion to support First Nations on reserve
- $517.7 million to support Self-Government and Modern Treaty Partners
- $517.8 million to support Inuit communities
- $240 million to support Métis communities
- $18 million to support northern Indigenous communities
- $194.9 million to support urban and off-reserve Indigenous communities and organizations
The Government of Canada recognizes that access to quality infrastructure, which includes water treatment facilities, sufficient transportation infrastructure, well-built homes, quality health facilities, schools, and other community infrastructure is vital to a community’s physical, mental, social and economic health and well-being.
July 20, 2021
Revisions to “Draft” Action Plan to Implement UNDRIP
McCarthy Tetrault – The “draft” action Plan released in June 202 “identifies 79 proposed actions that the provincial government will take to achieve the objectives of UNDRIP in cooperation with Indigenous peoples over the next five years. The Province is currently seeking input on the plan and the deadline for submissions is July 31, 2021. Some of the measures include:
- new framework for resource revenue sharing and other fiscal mechanisms to support Indigenous peoples;
- the negotiation of joint-decision making agreements and agreements in which consent from Indigenous governing bodies will be required before the BC government exercises a statutory decision-making power;
enhanced treaty implementation infrastructure and education of public servants about treaty rights and obligations;
- reviews of various policies and programs relating to the stewardship of the environment, land and resources;
- establishing targets for Indigenous representation in the public sector and combatting racism and systemic discrimination in key areas including policing and health care;
- supporting the revitalization of Indigenous languages and the protection of Indigenous cultural sites;
- establishing economic metrics to help evaluate progress as reconciliation is advanced; and
- establishing a dedicated secretariat to coordinate the Province’s reconciliation and UNDRIP compliance efforts and a new institution to provide support to First Nations in their work of nation and governance rebuilding and resolution of overlapping claims.
There are a number of measures within the Draft Action Plan that will impact resource and infrastructure development in BC, including the negotiation of joint-decision making agreements and agreements requiring consent from Indigenous governing bodies. These agreements are expressly contemplated in the Declaration Act but go beyond requirements under the duty to consult and accommodate.
The Draft Action Plan is informed by a number of principles, including being premised on:
- a distinctions-based approach (reflecting the distinctiveness of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis and their respective rights and interests);
- legal plurality (recognizing the multitude of legal orders including Indigenous laws);
- enabling (supporting government-to-government relationships between Indigenous peoples and the province); and
- impactful (making tangible improvements to Indigenous peoples’ social, physical, cultural, and economic wellbeing).
The Draft Action Plan details 79 actions to be undertaken, which are divided into four themes:
- Self-determination and inherent right of self-government;
- Title and rights of Indigenous peoples;
- Ending Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination; and
- Social, cultural, and economic wellbeing.
July 7, 2021
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.
July 6, 2021
Appointment of Mary Simon as Governor-General of Canada
Appointment of Mary Simon as Canada’s 30th Governor General since Confederation. Mary Simon (Ningiukudluk) is an Inuk born in Kangisualuujjuaq, Nunavik (Quebec). She is an advocate for Inuit rights and culture in Canada. She has represented the Inuit to the Canadian government and the United Nations, including work that led to the Inuit people’s inclusion in the Constitution in 1982. Mary Simon’s has dedicated her life to working and advocating for Indigenous peoples. Her accomplishments and leadership make her an excellent role model, as she truly understands that restoring culture is central to restoring Indigenous communities.
Over four decades, she has held various senior leadership positions, including President of Makivik Corporation, where she helped to protect and promote Inuit rights through the implementation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. She also served two terms as President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, now known as the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
As the first Canadian Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs, Ms. Simon played a leading role in strengthening the ties between the people of the Arctic regions nationally and internationally, including through the creation of the Arctic Council. She is also the founder of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation, and has served as the Ambassador of Canada to Denmark.
June 18, 2021
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
May 17, 2021
Northern Yukon First Nations Chiefs’ Priorities
NationTalk – The Northern Yukon First Nations Chiefs recently met as part of their commitment to hold regular meetings and prepare for sharing areas of concern with the newly elected territorial government.
Three issues were identified as priorities:
DAWSON REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN
The Northern Yukon First Nations Chiefs have been united in wanting to see collaborative land use plans developed and implemented within their traditional territories and are seeking an opportunity to present to the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning Commission on the urgency of climate change considerations in the region and the interconnectedness of planning regions within the Yukon.
Climate change is occurring at an unprecedented rate within the Northern First Nations’ traditional territories and having widespread impacts, including challenges with accessing the land and rivers, affects on harvesting patterns, exacerbated environmental changes, changes to wildlife and vegetation, and impacts on the spiritual, cultural, mental, and physical well-being of First Nations people.
OIL AND GAS ACTIVITY
The Chiefs discussed ongoing oil and gas related issues affecting their communities, including aging wells within their traditional territories. They also reaffirmed their prohibitions against fracking within their traditional territories and committment to uphold the standard of free, prior, and informed consent, guided by the treaties and land use planning, to ensure the fundamental objective of sustainable development enshrined in their treaties is respected by government and industry.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
The Chiefs discussed the struggles their communities have with drugs and alcohol and reiterated their belief in on-the-land programming. The Chiefs are supportive of mental health hubs, but greater interventions are required. The Chiefs are prepared to work together on community-led initiatives, share ideas, and lobby for increased awareness for community-specific issues.
May 3, 2021
Indigenous Human Rights Strategy
The Alberta Human Rights Commission is seeking feedback on its new draft Indigenous Human Rights Strategy. The research shows that Indigenous people face disproportionate rates of racism, discrimination, and hate in their day-to-day lives, and they continue to experience disadvantages and injustices as a result of the lasting effects of Canada’s colonial legacy. Despite this, the Commission’s data suggests that Indigenous people do not access the human rights complaint system at the same rate as non-Indigenous people. With the ongoing human rights issues that Indigenous people in Alberta face, the Commission recognizes the need to prioritize this work and develop a comprehensive strategy to address these issues. The Commission is seeking Indigenous and general public and responses to:
- Indigenous Human Rights Strategy
- Indigenous Advisory Circle Terms of Reference
https://www.albertahumanrights.ab.ca/publications/Documents/AHRC DRAFT IHRS Backgrounder_Apr2021.pdf
April 24, 2021
National Dialogue on Indigenous Health
The Third National Dialogue on Indigenous Health – Federal Government announced specific funding allocations of $126.7 million over three years, first announced in Budget 2021, to support efforts to address racism in Canada’s health systems.
- $33.3 million to improve access to culturally safe services, with a focus on services for Indigenous women, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups who may experience intersecting discrimination. This includes expanding support for Indigenous midwifery and doula initiatives and strengthening funding for national Indigenous women’s organizations, as well as regional and grassroots organizations.
- $46.9 million to support the changes to health systems through the integration of cultural and patient safety at all levels, as well as through increased Indigenous representation in health professions.
This includes $14.9 million, which will be used by Health Canada to establish a program that will provide funding to Indigenous organizations and health partners to support projects that can implement distinctions-based solutions to address anti-Indigenous racism. This funding will also support much-needed capacity for Indigenous partners to undertake meaningful engagement on the development of policy and programs for health priorities.
- $37.8 million to improve supports and accountability by providing distinctions-based funding to Indigenous organizations for new Indigenous patient advocates that will allow Indigenous patients to more safely navigate federal and provincial health systems.
- $8.7 million to provide federal leadership, which includes convening national dialogues like this one today to advance concrete actions to address anti-Indigenous racism in Canada’s health systems, and leading by example by evaluating and improving Indigenous Services Canada’s programs and practices to ensure
April 23, 2021
Budget 2021 invests the following towards “MEANINGFUL RECONCILIATION building on the Fall 2020 Stronger BC Economic Recovery Plan to advance reconciliation and build a more inclusive economy. It includes funding for work with Indigenous peoples to advance reconciliation, and ensure Indigenous peoples can fully participate in B.C.’s economic recovery. Budget 2021 adds $60 million in annual base funding to the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. This is dedicated funding to support Indigenous participation in land and resource activities, including negotiations, and engagement on legislation, policy and programs.
Budget 2021 also includes:
- $45 million to support culturally safe health services and more Indigenous liaisons in each regional health authority to improve health access and services for Indigenous peoples (In response to systemic racism in health services documented in “In Plain Sight”
- $14 million for the First Nations Health Authority to deliver targeted mental health and addictions services to Indigenous peoples throughout B.C.
- 400 more spaces in the Aboriginal Head Start program that provides culturally-relevant child care for Indigenous families
- Funding to partner with hundreds of Indigenous communities and organizations to expand access to skills training programs
The BC Assembly of First Nations has flagged the following oversights in the budget:
- Lack of funding towards UNDRIP and the Action Plan to align BC laws with UNDRIP
- Lack of funding geared towards the implementation of the MMIWG Action Plan and Calls for Justice;
- overall advancement in the Indigenous justice sector;
- cannabis strategy and legalization;
- wild salmon conservation and aquaculture;
- emergency management and reform of the Emergency Program Act (EPA); and
- forestry reform, including old growth management.
April 19, 2021
2021 Speech from the Throne
We will invest more than $18 billion to further narrow gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, support healthy, safe, and prosperous Indigenous communities, and advance reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation. We will invest more than $6 billion for infrastructure in Indigenous communities, and $2.2 billion to help end the national tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
April 16, 2021
Nunavik Indigenous Government Agreement with Québec and Canada
Nunatsiaq News – Makivik Corp. will resume negotiations over a self-determination agreement for Nunavik with the governments of Canada and Québec to establish a form of Indigenous government in the region based on Inuit values, culture and language. Makivik’s self-determination committee is made up of representatives from Nunavik’s major regional organizations:
- Kativik Regional Government
- Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services
- Kativik Ilisarniliriniq
- Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau Québec
- Nunavik Landholding Corporations Association
- Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik
- Qarjuit Youth Council and
- the Avataq Cultural Institute.
April 16, 2021
Wet’suwet’en title and rights.
The Province is providing Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs with $7.22 million to support work to implement Wet’suwet’en title and rights. The funding will be used to support Wet’suwet’en governance, engage in unity-building activities and facilitate ongoing discussions related to the 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The three-year funding commitment will support the Wet’suwet’en in their work on governance and the shared goal of reunification within Wet’suwet’en Nation. The Office of the Wet’suwet’en, Houses and Clans will undertake an internal engagement process to advance unity-building, which will be inclusive of all Wet’suwet’en House members.
The new provincial funding will also support more resources for Wet’suwet’en Nation to revitalize Wet’suwet’en governance structures for water stewardship, wildlife programs, eco-system monitoring and other initiatives to enhance collaborative stewardship and management of land and resources in the Yintah (Wet’suwet’en territory).
In support of meaningful reconciliation, the goal in reaching out to neighbouring communities, interested parties and stakeholders is to build understanding of the Wet’suwet’en distinct relations to the Yintah. This includes how implementation of Wet’suwet’en title and rights contributes to a vibrant economy and strong local relationships that will benefit the entire region. There is also ongoing work within the provincial government to support reconciliation and recognition of Wet’suwet’en title and rights.
December 15, 2020
Racism in Québec: ZERO TOLERANCE – Report of the Groupe d’action contre le racism
Initially announced in June 15, 2020 “The Groupe d’action contre le racism” was specifically asked to develop a series of effective actions to fight against racism by identifying which sectors have high-priority needs for measures in this area, particularly public security, justice, school systems, housing and employment. As part of its mandate, the “Groupe d’action contre le racism” was asked to contribute to the reflection on how to respond to the recommendations of the “Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec”, chaired by the Honourable Jacques Viens.
Recommendations specific to Indigenous People
14 – Include in the national anti-racism awareness campaign a specific component on the realities of Indigenous peoples, to continually inform the public about the racism and discrimination experienced by First Nations and Inuit people.
15 – Make the professional orders aware of the importance of training their members on Indigenous realities.
16 – Make the history and current realities of Indigenous people in Québec a mandatory part of initial teacher training programs.
17 – Change the academic curriculum at the primary and secondary levels to update concepts related to the history, cultures, heritage and current realities of Indigenous peoples in Québec and Canada and their impact on society.
18 – Introduce continual, mandatory training on Indigenous realities for government employees.
19 – End the informal practice of prohibiting people from speaking Indigenous languages while receiving public services.
20 – Make the ban on random police stops mandatory.
21 – Add Indigenous social services workers to some police services to create mixed patrol teams.
22 – Increase the resources of Indigenous community organizations that promote access to justice for First Nations and Inuit people.
23 – Improve the capacity of the justice system to address the heritage and life trajectory of Indigenous offenders by granting more resources for the use of the Gladue principle specific to First Nations and Inuit people.
24 – Improve the quality and availability of interpretation services in Indigenous languages for better access to justice.
25 – Increase resources allocated to off-reserve housing.
December 7, 2020
Legislative Development Proptocol
Cabin Radio – A new Legislative Development Protocol from the Intergovernmental Council of the Northwest Territories gives Indigenous governments a seat at the table for decisions about land and resource management.
- The protocol is consistent with the IGA commitment to collaborate on changes to land and resource management systems, as well as providing a consistent approach for parties to follow.
- The protocol is the first agreement of its kind in Canada, and provides opportunities for the collaborative development of land and resource statutes and regulations for the GNWT and Indigenous governments.
- The protocol supports the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by respecting, consulting and collaborating with Indigenous Governments on land and resource management.
December 1, 2020
The Path to Reconciliation Annual Report, 2020
The section on Legacies outlines the Manitoba government’s efforts to address the disparities existing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Manitoba’s social, political and economic systems and institutions. We have collaborated with many different service providers and organizations to address gaps in the areas of child welfare, education, language and culture, and health and justice.
The section on Reconciliation highlights our ongoing work to establish and maintain mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and to create a more equitable and inclusive society. The Manitoba government, in partnership with many other organizations, have taken action towards reconciliation under many of the themes outlined in the TRC’s Calls to Action.
November 17, 2020
AFN-QL Memorandum of Understanding
The Memorandum of Understanding signed today will lead to a sweeping technical and financial feasibility study for phase I of the project and to pre-feasibility studies for phases II and III.
Ian Lafrenière, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs established a joint political table with Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Québec-Labrador. Co-chaired, this political table will establish nation-to-nation agreements and advance common issues to improve daily life in First Nations and Inuit communities. It will also foster dialogue with a view to implementing the calls to action made by the Viens Commission.
The joint political table will also host a meeting between the Premier of Québec and all the chiefs and grand chiefs over the coming weeks. Details to be announced
October 30, 2020
First Annual (2020) Statutory Report
Release of “First Annual (2020) Statutory Report Pursuant to Section 10 of the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Act, Statutes of Canada, Chapter 29, 2019“.
The Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Act came into force on July 15, 2019 and established CIRNAC, while the Department of Indigenous Services Act established ISC. The former INAC – legally, the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development – was abolished by the Budget Implementation Act, 2019. CIRNAC was established to carry out activities that support the Government of Canada’s commitment to advancing reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Its primary focus is renewed nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationships based on affirmation and implementation of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership.
CIRNAC also works to promote respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Such activities include:
- facilitating collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples and with the provinces and territories in relation to entering into and implementing agreements;
- the recognition and implementation treaties concluded between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples;
promoting self-reliance, prosperity and well-being for the residents and communities of the Canadian North, taking into account their respective needs and challenges;
- recognizing and promoting Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing; and,
- promoting public awareness and understanding of the importance of working toward and contributing to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
The whole-of-government approach to reconciliation and supporting Indigenous self-determination is rooted in three pillars:
- acknowledging and addressing the past;
- closing socio-economic and service gaps; and
- supporting visions for self-determination and renewed relationships.
As of March 31, 2020 the government claims to have completed 12 of the TRC Calls to Action.
For compete details on what the government has accomplished in the fiscal year April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020, please see the following:
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1603127273100/1603127325936 – chp19
October 16, 2020
Emergency Meeting on Heath
After the death of Joyce Echaquan at a hospital in Québec, the Government of Canada convened an urgent meeting with provincial and territory health officials and National Indigenous organizations with the following objectives:
- to listen to lived experiences of Indigenous people and health care professionals regarding systemic racism in federal, provincial and territorial health systems
- to reflect upon the information shared to inform concrete measures that governments, educational institutions, health professional associations, regulatory colleges, and accreditation organizations can take
- to commit to a second gathering in January 2021 where these proposed or implemented measures would be presented by governments and health care organizations
September 1, 2020
Throughout the pandemic, the Government has made it a priority to support Indigenous communities, which has helped contain the spread of COVID-19 and kept people safe. That is something the Government will continue to do. The Government will walk the shared path of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and remain focused on implementing the commitments made in 2019. However, the pandemic has shown that we need to keep moving forward even faster on a number of fronts including by:
- Expediting work to co-develop distinctions-based Indigenous health legislation with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation, and a distinctions-based mental health and wellness strategy;
- Accelerating work on the National Action Plan in response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, as well as implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action;
- And continuing to close the infrastructure gap in Indigenous communities, working on a distinctions-basis with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation to accelerate the government’s 10-year commitment.
The Government will also:
- Make additional resiliency investments to meet the clean drinking water commitment in First Nations communities;
- And support additional capacity-building for First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation.
- The Government will move forward to introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples before the end of this year.
June 30, 2020
2019/20 UNDRIP Report Card
Release of the 2019/2020 UNDRIP Report Card outlines progress made towards implementation for the time period from the date on which the Declaration Act was brought into force (November 28, 2019) until end of fiscal year 2019/20 (March 31, 2020). Progress to date includes the following:
- Revitalizing Indigenous Languages
- Improving Justice for Indigenous People
- Improving the Approach to Child Welfare
- Sharing Long-Term Stable Revenues
- Working Together to Address Housing Needs
- Improving Emergency Preparedness
- Improving Educational Outcome for Indigenous Students
- Supporting Skills Training Opportunities for Indigenous Learners
- Recognizing Unique and Distinct Paths to Self-Determination
- Changing How the Public Service Works with Indigenous Peoples: A Government-to-Government Approach
The process and introduction of the legislation represents a fundamental cultural and legal shift within the government, public service and the province. It leaves a lasting impact, creating precedents for legal progress and new ways of working in cooperation and consultation with Indigenous peoples as a means to advance reconciliation.
The Action Plan will be released before the end of 2020.
June 18, 2020
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.
March 12, 2020
The Guardian – L’nuey means “belonging to or pertaining to the Mi’kmaq People as a whole” in the Mi’kmaq language. The organization is focused on the protection and implementation of Mi’kmaq Aboriginal and treaty rights in P.E.I. L’nuey is:
- A rights-based initiative.
- Focused on negotiations, consultations, governance development.
- Distinct from Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.
- Governed by Lennox Island, Abegweit First Nations.
March 11, 2020
The government will invest $219.2 million over six years to increase its support for Indigenous communities.
February 17, 2020
La Grande Alliance
Quebec City – Québec Premier François Legault and Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Chairman of the Cree Nation Government, Dr. Abel Bosum, officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding on collaborative, long-term, balanced economic development in a spirit of respect for Cree values in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory. The Québec Government welcomes the ambitious project put forward by the Cree Nation, which is in keeping with Premier Legault’s desire to broaden the collaboration initiated in 2002 through the Agreement Concerning a New Relationship Between le Gouvernement du Québec and the Crees of Québec, commonly referred to as the Paix des braves.
The project stems from a patient consultative process with the Cree communities and calls for:
- the extension of the rail network to promote economic development and reduce the impacts of trucking;
- the electrification of certain industrial projects;
- the sharing of infrastructure in the territory;
- local labour force training;
- the identification of new protected areas conducive to the connectivity of the territory’s wildlife habitats.
It is anticipated that the plan will extend over a period of 30 years to ensure the predictability and stability of the economic and social development of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory and Québec overall.
February 13, 2020
2020 Speech frorm the Throne
Priorities led by Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs:
- Settle and implement treaty, land, resources, and self-government agreements
- Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Increase regional decision-making authority (with support of other Depts and agencies)
- Priorities where Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs has a supporting role:
- Strengthen the government’s leadership and authority on climate change
- Ensure climate change impacts are specifically considered when making government decisions
January 5, 2020
BC Human Rights Tribunal Report
BC Human Rights tribunal releases “Expanding Our Vision: Cultural Equality & Indigenous Peoples”, a report addressing serious access to justice concerns for Indigenous peoples bringing human rights complaints to the tribunal. makes nine recommendations. Removing barriers to access to the Human Rights Tribunal is not enough. Structural change is needed to incorporate Indigenous definitions of human rights according to Indigenous laws. The main recommendations broaden the concept of human rights, including adding Indigenous Identity to the BC Human Rights Code and incorporating Indigenous legal traditions and international human rights principles as reflected in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which BC has recently committed to implementing through legislation.
December 5, 2019
2019 Speech from the Throne
AFN – “This is the first Throne Speech to include a section on ‘Reconciliation’:
- take action to co-develop and introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the first year of the new mandate;
- continue the work of eliminating all long-term drinking water advisories on reserve by 2021, and ensure safe drinking water in First Nations communities;
- co-develop new legislation to ensure that Indigenous people have access to high-quality, culturally relevant health care and mental health services;
- continue work to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples;
- work with Indigenous communities to close the infrastructure gap by 2030;
- continue to move forward together to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are in control of their own destiny and making decisions about their communities;
- take new steps to ensure the Government is living up to the spirit and intent of treaties, agreements, and other constructive arrangements made with Indigenous Peoples;
- ensure that Indigenous people who were harmed under the discriminatory child welfare system are compensated in a way that is both fair and timely; and
- continue to invest in Indigenous priorities, in collaboration with Indigenous partners.
November 22, 2019
Response to UNDRIP
In response to a question about New Brunswick adopting and implementing UNDRIP, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs indicated that their priority was to undertake a technical review of the BC Declaration and understand the Aboriginal treaty rights and the peace and friendship rights.
November 19, 2019
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
Dedicated Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
The government appointed a full-time Minister of Aboriginal Affairs because “rebuilding this relationship deserves a full- time minister”
November 19, 2019
Speech from the Throne
Limited reference to Indigenous issues and/or priorities other than three specific references to restorative justice programs for youth offenders, formalize new resource development agreements and develop new opportunities for northern tourism and move forward with the principles of shared management with First Nations and Métis people in order to ensure sustainable wildlife and fish populations.
November 5, 2019
Annual BC Cabinet Ministers & First Nations Leadership Council
BCAFN – In just one year, the Province and the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) have worked together to deliver on promises to share provincial gaming revenues and introduce legislation that enshrines the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) in provincial law. The Declaration will make BC the first province to implement these internationally recognized human rights into provincial law, creating a framework for reconciliation between the provincial government and Indigenous peoples in B.C.
More than $70 million in new revenue has made it into First Nations communities since a gaming revenue-sharing agreement was signed in August 2019 to support self-government and self-determination for First Nations, as well as strong healthy communities and services that make life better for families. In just two months, almost 170 First Nations have joined the newly formed B.C. First Nations Gaming Revenue Sharing Limited Partnership.
Nearly $200 million in provincial gaming revenue was transferred to the limited partnership in August 2019, representing the first two years of funding. In October 2019, amendments to the Gaming Control Act were passed. These amendments will pave the way for a long-term agreement that will see more than $3 billion shared with First Nations over 25 years.
October 24, 2019
Intro Bill 41 “The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act”
Premier John Horgan’s government introduced Bill 41 – ”The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act” to have the laws of BC reflect the United Nations The declaration’s 46 articles are aimed at making sure Indigenous peoples can survive with dignity and are treated fairly and with equity after colonization. (Toronto Star)
The Declaration became law on Nov. 28, 2019 when it was unanimously passed by the BC Legislature. Over time as laws are modified or built, they will be aligned with the UN Declaration. Additional elements of the bill include:
- a requirement to develop an action plan to meet the objectives of the UN Declaration, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples;
- annual public reporting to monitor progress;
- discretion for new decision-making agreements between the Province and Indigenous governments where decisions directly affect Indigenous peoples and mechanisms exist in applicable legislation – with clear processes, administrative fairness and transparency; and
- recognition for additional forms of Indigenous governments in agreement-making, such as multiple Nations working together as a collective, or hereditary governments – as determined and recognized by the citizens of the Nation.
October 10, 2019
Roundtable with Indigenous leaders
The Northwest Territories’ incoming government will hold a day-long round-table meeting with leaders of more than a dozen Indigenous groups on Oct. 17, 2019. “This meeting will provide a forum for leaders to share their perspectives and voice their concerns and interests about the many issues and opportunities the Northwest Territories is faced with today,” the news release stated.
October 2, 2019
Premier apologises to First Nations and Inuit
CTV News – Premier Francois Legault apologized to the First Nations and Inuit people of Quebec for the province’s treatment of them. The apology was the first of 142 calls to action laid out by the Viens commission, which concluded in a scathing report released Monday that the province’s Indigenous communities suffered “systemic discrimination.”
The Path to Reconciliation Annual Report, 2019
The first sections highlight new efforts the Manitoba government undertook between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, while the later sections identify the previously reported and ongoing activities. Each year, the Manitoba government implements and supports a number of initiatives that further reconciliation outside of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. This report includes highlights of these activities.
The section on Legacies outlines the Manitoba government’s efforts to address the disparities existing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Manitoba’s social, political and economic systems and institutions. We have collaborated with many different service providers and organizations to address gaps in the areas of child welfare, education, language and culture, and health and justice.
The section on Reconciliation highlights our ongoing work to establish and maintain mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and to create a more equitable and inclusive society. The Manitoba government, in partnership with many other organizations, have taken action towards reconciliation under many of the themes outlined in the TRC’s calls to action.
July 26, 2019
Tripartite Framework Agreement
The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, and Chiefs George Ginnish and Rebecca Knockwood, co-Chairs of Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Incorporated, representing eight of the nine Mi’gmaq communities in New Brunswick announced a tripartite Framework Agreement to focus negotiations on the implementation of Aboriginal and treaty rights, the resolution of Aboriginal title, and self-determination of the Mi’gmaq of New Brunswick.
Guided by a Framework Agreement signed by all parties – including the province – , we will continue to focus discussions on the priorities identified by the Mi’gmaq of New Brunswick, including: Mi’gmag language, culture, and heritage; economic development; protection of land and water; parks and other protected areas; resource revenue-sharing; law enforcement and policing; and self-government. Through these negotiations, we are co-developing agreements that will support the implementation of Aboriginal and treaty rights while supporting economic growth and creating new investment opportunities for the benefit of Mi’gmaq communities now and for generations to come.
June 29, 2019
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.
May 28, 2019
Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
Indigenous land acknowledgements — once symbolic openings of most government events under the NDP — are now a matter of “personal preference” at UCP official events according to Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson. Land acknowledgments are statements recognizing the historic and ongoing presence and connection of different First Nations and Métis to the land. The statements also acknowledge treaties between First Nations and the Crown. Alberta is located on Treaty 6, Treaty 7 and Treaty 8 territory.
April 12, 2019
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.
February 18, 2019
Lottery Revenue Sharing
British Columbia Lottery Corporation revenue is going to be shared with the First Nations and the first phase of allocations amounts to 7% of gross revenues.
February 13, 2019
2019 Speech from the Throne
BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) Regional Chief Terry Teegee welcomes the NDP government’s progressive actions identified throughout the 2019 Throne Speech today, including:
- develop legislation with the First Nations Leadership Council to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
- gaming revenues shared with First Nations communities;
- work in collaboration with Indigenous peoples to develop new clean economy opportunities and help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. This will include collaboration on a climate change adaptation strategy to be developed for 2020;
- additions to education curriculums in history and languages;
- commitment to restoring and sustaining wild salmon stocks;
- promotion of partnerships between First Nations and private sector resource development projects.
January 15, 2019
The Framework Agreement represents an important commitment from the Government of Canada, the Province of Prince Edward Island and the Mi’kmaq of PEI towards a path of reconciliation. With this agreement, we move forward together in strengthening the relationship between the federal and provincial Crown and the Mi’kmaq of PEI. In particular, the Framework Agreement outlines subject matters and areas of importance for the Mi’kmaq, establishes a process to facilitate efficient and timely discussions, and reaffirms parties’ commitment to a process for reconciling and respecting the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island’s Aboriginal and treaty rights.
January 11, 2019
Directive on Civil Litigation
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, issued the Directive on Civil Litigation Involving Indigenous Peoples. The Directive will guide the Government of Canada’s legal approaches, positions and decisions taken in civil litigation involving Aboriginal and treaty rights, and the Crown’s obligation towards Indigenous peoples. This is to ensure the Government’s legal positions are consistent with its commitments, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian values.
Consistent with the Principles Respecting the Government of Canada’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, the Directive emphasizes the importance of resolving conflicts expeditiously and collaboratively, reducing the use of litigation and the courts.
This Directive pursues the following objectives:
- advancing reconciliation,
- recognizing rights,
- upholding the honour of the Crown, and
- respecting and advancing Indigenous self-determination and self-governance.
These objectives, and the guidelines for litigation counsel they promote, are interrelated.
January 10, 2019
UBCIC – Premier John Horgan compared the Province’s role in the ongoing conflict in Wet’suwet’en territory with the recent consent-based negotiations in the Broughton Archipelago with the ‘Namgis, Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis and Mamalilikulla First Nations. The big difference is that the latter “included jointly developed consent-based process where our Title and Rights were recognized and as a result, we included our hereditary leadership in decision-making on outcomes. That’s an extremely important distinction because for us, that’s how we respected Delgamuukw and the wishes of our people”. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
“As the Supreme Court of Canada recognized in Delgamuukw, inherent Wet’suwet’en Title to their territory has never been extinguished. The Proper Title holders must provide their free, prior and informed consent to any project in their territory.” Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the UBCIC
January 7, 2019
APTN News – The Government of Saskatchewan officially apologizes to the survivors of the Sixties Scoop when approximately 20,000 First Nations children were seized from their homes and re-located to non-Indigenous homes. The practice stripped children of their language, culture and family ties.
December 1, 2018
The Principals’ Accord on Transforming Treaty Negotiations
Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the First Nations Summit (the Principals) -signed the “Principals’ Accord” that states that extinguishment and surrender of rights have no place in modern-day Crown-Indigenous relations or agreements. Instead, the federal and provincial governments and First Nations Summit have agreed that Aboriginal title and rights must be continued through treaties, as well as other types of agreements.
- The Accord states that the Principals respect the right of each First Nation to select its own pathway to exercising self-determination and whether it pursues reconciliation with the provincial and federal governments through treaties or other types of agreements and arrangements.
- The Accord affirms that treaty negotiations and implementation must reflect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
- The Accord demonstrates the Principals’ commitment to transformative change beyond the recommendations set out in the 2016 Multilateral Engagement Process to Improve and Expedite Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia.
November 29, 2018
First Nations gaming distribution limited partnership
B.C. First Nations will share in provincial gaming revenue to support self-government, strong, healthy communities, and services that make life better for families. This funding will be a central piece of Budget 2019 to support reconciliation. Funding will focus on priorities in the following framework: health and wellness; infrastructure, safety, transportation and housing; economic and business development; education, language, culture and training; community development and environmental protection; and capacity building, fiscal management and governance. Within that framework, First Nations governments will determine their own priorities for these funds.
November 29, 2018
The BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs, working together as the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC), and the Province announced they are co-developing new legislation for introduction in 2019 to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in B.C. The Commitment recognizes our inherent rights of self-determination and jurisdiction, as well as our rights related to our lands, resources and territories.
November 28, 2018
M”kmaw Nation Rights
Ottawa is committed to advancing the Mi’kmaw Nation and recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ inherent right to self-determination, a key federal official told a First Nations self-governance summit in Halifax Wednesday. The three-day event, which wraps up Thursday, is focused on finding a pathway to nationhood for Indigenous Peoples in the Atlantic region known as Mi’kma’ki.
November 14, 2018
Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Frwamework
The Liberal government won’t be tabling legislation to create its promised Federal Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework this fall as previously planned. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office, which has the lead on the file, issued a statement saying work would continue to develop the framework to enshrine Section 35 rights in the Constitution in federal law.
October 30, 2018
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.
October 2, 2018
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
September 12, 2018
Letter from AFN-QL to new Premier
The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, advised the next Premier that the relationship between the Government of Quebec and the First Nations will have to be completely transformed. In the letter, Chief Picard noted that First Nations’ rights have never been fully recognized by the provincial government. Raises five “fundamental demands” to which chief Picard requests “concrete commitments”.
These requirements are:
- The right to security for First Nations people;
- A framework for the respect of our titles and Aboriginal and treaty rights;
- Actions for the Reconciliation with First Nations;
- The development of an economy by and for First Nations;
- Services to First Nations that respect their cultures and way of life.
August 21, 2018
Open Letter to PM Trudeau
CBC – Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, now director of the University of British Columbia’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, Wilton Littlechild, former commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Ed John, grand chief of the First Nations Summit Task Group in B.C., sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau calling for a reset of the process to create the framework. Paul Chartrand, a former commissioner from the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, said it appears Ottawa is still operating under the idea that the ability for an Indigenous nation to self-govern flows from federal authority. “Section 35 is a political consensus in Canada that the rights of Aboriginal peoples are affirmed and recognized, that includes the affirmation or recognition of the inherent authority of Aboriginal people to govern themselves,” said Chartrand, who is Métis and a retired law professor.
August 20, 2018
The Path to Reconciliation Annual Report, 2018
The Manitoba Government reports on its actions following the two broad categories of “Legacies” and “Reconciliation” used by the TRC. The section on Legacies outlines the Manitoba governments efforts to address the disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Manitoba’s social, political and economic systems and institutions. We have collaborated with many different service providers and organizations to address gaps in the areas of child welfare, education, language and culture and health and justice. The section on Reconciliation highlights our ongoing work to establish and maintain mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and to create a more equitable and inclusive society.
May 28, 2018
Sixties Scoop Apology
Premier Rachel Notley, officially apologizes on behalf of the Alberta Government to survivors of the Sixties Scoop. From the 1950s to the late 1980s, about 20,000 Indigenous children were seized from their birth families and relocated to non-Indigenous homes, stripping the children of their language, traditions and family ties.
May 24, 2018
dermiNation Moving Beyond the Indian Act
The first Indigenous-led summit to explore moving beyond the Indian Act closed today with a strong call for First Nations to exercise their self-determination and to forge a new path for their people. “We have heard loud and clear that moving beyond the Indian Act must start at the community level with the full engagement of our communities,” said NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “The Government of Canada must move aside and support our people to design solutions from the ground up. Anything less is paternalistic and goes against everything we’ve been talking about for the past two days. We are not going to accept another federally dictated process where First Nation leaders are summoned to meet and given the option to take it or leave without true consultation.”
May 23, 2018
dermiNation Moving Beyond the Indian Act
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and Osgoode Law School have collaborated to organize the first-ever Indigenous-led summit that will bring together leaders to create a plan for moving beyond the Indian Act. “determiNation” is described as a national conference to plan for a new relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples based on rights, recognition and reconciliation. This conference will be structured around the themes of premises, principles, and institutional, legislative, and constitutional mechanisms, with the goal of creating a plan of action. Representatives from the Government of Canada including Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould are expected. Additional speakers and facilitators will be announced in coming weeks.
May 23, 2018
Draft Principles that Guide the Province of British Columbia’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples
Release of “Draft principles” that recognizes that:
- all relations with Indigenous peoples need to be based on the recognition and implementation of their right to self- determination, including the inherent right of self-government.
that reconciliation is a fundamental purpose of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
the honour of the Crown guides the conduct of the Crown in all of its dealings with Indigenous peoples.
- Indigenous self-government is part of Canada’s evolving system of cooperative federalism and distinct orders of government treaties, agreements, and other constructive arrangements between
- Indigenous peoples and the Crown have been and are intended to be acts of reconciliation based on mutual recognition and respect.
- meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples aims to secure their free, prior and informed consent when B.C. proposes to take actions which impact them and their rights, including their lands, territories and resources.
- respecting and implementing rights is essential and that any infringement of section 35 rights must by law meet a high threshold of justification which includes Indigenous perspectives and satisfies the Crown’s fiduciary obligations.
- reconciliation and self-government require a renewed fiscal relationship, developed in collaboration with the federal government and Indigenous nations that promotes a mutually supportive climate for economic partnership and resource development.
- reconciliation is an ongoing process that occurs in the context of evolving Crown-Indigenous relationships.
- a distinctions-based approach is needed to ensure that the unique rights, interests and circumstances of Indigenous peoples in B.C. are acknowledged, affirmed, and implemented.
May 16, 2018
First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FNMA) and the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (FA)
“Our Lands, Our Jurisdiction, Our Institutions: First Nations Leading the Way”
First Nations who have chosen to work beyond the Indian Act are coming together to set the stage for the next generation of First Nations led initiatives that will support our jurisdiction and expanded government powers for Indigenous communities. Currently 276 First Nations, from all regions in Canada, are participating in either the FMA or the FA. At this pivotal time in history, this meeting will showcase trailblazing First Nations at the forefront of expanding jurisdiction and will highlight their achievements in working beyond the Indian Act in using First Nation-led agreements and legislation to improve their economies through greater fiscal independence, improved financial management, debenture financing, and sound land governance. The goals of the meeting are to bring First Nations leaders together to:
- Share institutions tools and support services
- Learn about First Nations success stories working outside of the Indian Act
- Unify a collective voice for First Nations led initiatives and innovations
- Set a clear path forward for building prosperous and vibrant First Nation communities
April 17, 2018
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.
April 13, 2018
Speech to BC Business Council
Perhaps most importantly, however, a shift to recognition of rights, including Indigenous self-determination and the inherent right of self-government, means that Canada will be an active supporter in the building and re-building of Indigenous nations and governments. We will finally be active partners in supporting Indigenous Nations and governments as they do the work of defining and clarifying their constitutions, laws, and decision-making processes, the structures they will work through, and how they will govern as part of historic rights-bearing groups, including those with historic treaties.
February 14, 2018
45th Anniversary of release of “Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow”
This document is responsible for reshaping relationships between the Governments of Canada, Yukon and Yukon First Nations. Its vision was brought to life through the Umbrella Final Agreement, which was signed 25 years ago this year. The Final and Self-Government Agreements that followed have paved the way for collaboration between governments, and their implementation continues to advance us towards reconciliation. These agreements form the cornerstone of governance in modern Yukon.
February 14, 2018
Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the government will develop in full partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people a new recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights framework that will include new ways to recognize and implement Indigenous rights. This will include new recognition and implementation of rights legislation. Going forward recognition of rights will guide all government interactions with Indigenous peoples. The contents of the framework that we build together will be determined through a national engagement led by the Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs with support from the Minister of Justice. While the results of this engagement will guide what the final framework looks like we believe that as a starting point it should include new legislation and a policy that would make the recognition and implementation of rights the basis for all relations between Indigenous peoples and the federal government moving forward.
February 13, 2018
2018 Speech from the Throne
In the Speech from the Throne, the NDP government pledged to develop a cross-ministry framework to meet its stated commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Tsilhqot’in decision. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs sited recent approval of Site C Dam as a flagrant example of the abrogation of Treaty 8 rights.
December 4, 2017
ISC Health Priorities
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has officially been given responsibility for overseeing the delivery of First Nations and Inuit health services. Key priorities of the new Ministry of Indigenous Services Canada:
- Improving Health outcomes
- Quality Education
- Child & Family Services
- Reliable Infrastructure, including Housing & Water
- A New Fiscal Relationship
November 1, 2017
Issues with southern Canada
Premier Bob McLeod issued a red alert calling for an urgent national debate on the future of the Northwest Territories who believe their reconciliation efforts and economic development opportunities are being undermined by Ottawa and the political needs and voices of southern Canada
August 28, 2017
New INAC organization
New INAC organization: Carolyn Bennett is now Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and former Health Minister Jane Philpott will become the Minister of Indigenous Services (recommendation from Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1996). The current Indigenous Affairs Department will be dissolved through legislation to end the Indian Act
August 17, 2017
Indigenous and Municipal Affairs Re-org
Winnipeg Sun – The previous post for Indigenous and Municipal Relations will now split into two departments, led by a Municipal Relations Minister and an Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister.
July 25, 2017
New NDP premier re-affirmed his party’s commitment to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the calls to action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and has each of his 22 ministers to review policies, programs and legislation to determine how to bring the principles of the declaration into action in British Columbia
June 28, 2017
Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Development of the First Nations and Inuit
The initiatives in the strategy with a budget of $147.3M for 2017-2022 are grouped under four strategic priorities:
- Enhance services
- Establish new services: 27 measures
- Enhance the existing service offer: 36 measures
- Promote the Indigenous culture and languages
- Support the blossoming of aboriginal cultures: 8 measures
- Strengthen the aboriginal languages: 4 measures
- Develop the power to act of individuals and communities
- Rely on the potential of individuals: 9 measures
- Foster social innovation: 9 measures
- Foster collaboration and research
- Implement more fruitful exchanges: 16 measures
- Develop and promote research in aboriginal communities: 10 measures
June 12, 2017
Common Statement of Shared Health Priorities
Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities: Acknowledges the commitment of federal, provincial and territorial governments to continue working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to improve access to health services and health outcomes of Indigenous peoples and discuss progress.
June 1, 2017
The Path to Reconciliation Annual Report, 2017
This report is composed of three sections; Addressing Legacies, Reconciling for the Future and Looking Forward. Engagement with Indigenous nations and Indigenous peoples is integrated into our efforts towards a reconciled province and especially highlighted in the section, Reconciling for our Future – Reconciling Relationships.
- Addressing Legacies
- Caring for Children and Families
- Improving Health Outcomes
- Supporting Restorative Justice; offenders, victims and families
- Supporting First Nation, Métis and Inuit Students and their Families in Education
- Delivering Training and Employment Opportunities
- Reconciling for the Future
- Reconciling for Children and their Families
- Reclamation of Indigenous identity through Language, Culture and Heritage
- Education and Training for Reconciliation
- Reconciling Relationships
- Recognition and Reconciliation of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
- Land Based Initiatives
May 26, 2017
Indigenous Leaders Roundtable
First Indigenous leader’s roundtable to discuss common interests and update progress on TRC Calls to Action
March 17, 2017
Federal Meeting on Indigenous Issues
Impacts of INAC split into Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, MMIWC and Child Welfare as well as health concerns of cannabis use, the opioid crisis, First Nation skill development, infrastructure funding for communities, Yukon River salmon, and the Porcupine caribou herd.
March 1, 2017
Update to “Meeting the Challenge of Reconciliation”
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) continues to move towards reconciliation, particularly through the actions outlined in ‘Meeting the Challenge of Reconciliation’. Many of the actions within that document are ongoing, but this update provides some highlights, organized by theme, of additional work done.
February 22, 2017
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.
February 15, 2017
First Nations Economic Reconciliation
Expanding the Circle: First Nations Economic Reconciliation – Presented by National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB), in partnership with the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Public Policy Forum (PPF). Economic reconciliation means ensuring that Indigenous Peoples are not excluded from participating in and benefitting from Canada’s prosperity. The economic inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s economy is not only a way of addressing past wrongs, but also an investment that can benefit all Canadians.
In fact, closing the significant opportunity gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians will annually boost Canada’s GDP by $27.7 billion.
December 21, 2016
Establish Viens Commission
Established “Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec”: listening, reconciliation and progress, in order to investigate, consider the facts and recommend concrete and effective corrective measures to be implemented by the Government of Québec and Indigenous officials”. Initiated by systemic racism by police in city of Val D’Or towards Indigenous women.
December 16, 2016
Response to TRC Report
The legacy of residential schools has left lasting impact and trauma for Indigenous People across the country, and its effects are seen daily in Nunavut. Inuit have shown over and over that we are strong and resilient. Now is the time to resolve the issues of the past, and embrace hope for the future. I thank the TRC for their tireless work to bring this painful chapter of Canada’s history to light and their dedication to this important process over the last several years. Nunavut will continue to ensure the history of residential schools is taught in our schools, so our students understand the full extent of this period in our territory’s history.” Premier Peter Taptuna.
June 10, 2016
First Annual Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Indigenous Forum
Discussed the next steps in the permanent bilateral mechanism process. Commit to three cabinet level meetings per year including one with PM. Funding to establish mechanisms for bilateral meetings with each of the three national indigenous groups: Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council and Inuit Tapariit Kaanatami
June 1, 2016
The Path to Reconciliation Annual Report, 2016
- the new government has introduced “The Protecting Children Act‘ to make it easier for government departments, child and family service authorities, community service providers and law enforcement agencies to share information and collaborate when dealing with victimized and at-risk children.
- the government will foster innovative community and private sector partnerships that promote practical home ownership opportunities for First Nations families such as the partnership between the Manitoba Real Estate Association and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
- the government will work to build the flood protection necessary to keep Manitobans and their communities safe, beginning with the outlet needed to alleviate flooding around Lake Manitoba.
Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations:
- the government will establish a duty to consult framework for respectful and productive consultations with Indigenous communities.
- the government will build respectful and effective partnerships involving all levels of government to responsibly and sustainably develop our natural resources.
- the government will work with the federal government on enhanced education funding for students on reserve.
- the new government will work positively and respectfully with northern Manitobans and communities.
Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations and Manitoba Growth Enterprise and Trade
- the government will support Urban Aboriginal Economic Development Zones in partnership with First Nations to create jobs and economic opportunities together.
Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations, Manitoba Sustainable Development, and Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade
- the government will work positively and respectfully with northern Manitobans and communities, to create a special, targeted program for northern Manitoba called Yes! North.
- the government will develop partnerships needed to attract new companies, assist entrepreneurs, and facilitate expansion of existing businesses to provide quality jobs and a stronger economy in the north, focused on
- sustainable development of natural resources, including forestry and mining and
- tourism opportunities, including beluga whale watching, polar bear and aurora borealis tours, fishing and hunting.
Manitoba Sustainable Development
- the new government will develop comprehensive harvest co-management strategies in consultation with First Nations, Metis and licensed hunters and anglers to give local communities a greater voice and ensure long-term sustainability of our wildlife populations.
- the government will develop a framework to reconcile the needs of industry and rural and northern communities, while continuing to enhance the network of protected areas in Manitoba’s natural regions.
May 30, 2016
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
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 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.
March 15, 2016
Path to Reconciliation Act
“The Path to Reconciliation” passed unanimously is committed to reconciliation and will be “guided by the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the principles set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Government commits to annual updates 3 months after the fiscal year end. This Bill sets out the government’s commitment to advancing reconciliation, led by the minister responsible for reconciliation. A strategic path forward is to be developed, and the measures taken to advance reconciliation are to be annually reported.
January 12, 2016
Response to TRC Calls to Action
Issued detailed responses/updates to all 94 C2A: “Yukon Government’s Deputy Ministers’ Report to the Premier on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Report “Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future”. The Yukon government, in conjunction with First Nations, has undertaken many initiatives as part of ongoing operations that are responsive to the 22 themes set out in the TRC report.
For example, First Nations and the Yukon government are working together to develop school curricula on residential schools, address the overrepresentation of First Nation people in the criminal justice system (offenders and victims), and directly involve First Nation governments in the child welfare system. However, we recognize that more work can and should be done.
Yukon is at the forefront of land claims and self-government in Canada. Eleven of the fourteen Yukon First Nations have settled their land claims and are self-governing, which account for more than half of all self- governing First Nations in Canada. The agreements contain arrangements related to financial compensation, land, harvesting and other matters. They also enable innovative government to government relationships. They help preserve First Nations culture and strengthen the social, political and economic fabric of the territory.
Under these agreements, First Nations have the power to enact laws for the provision of programs and services related to Aboriginal languages, cultural beliefs, health care, social welfare, placement of children, administration of justice and education programs as examples.
December 15, 2015
Release of TRC Final Report
Release of the TRC Final report
December 15, 2015
Response to TRC Report
Some of the Government of Saskatchewan’s strategies that are already well underway include:
- Child Welfare Transformation Strategy
- Work differently with First Nations and Métis people
- Increase prevention and support for families; and
- Renew the child welfare system for launch in 2017
- Saskatchewan Disability Strategy
- Ensure First Nation, Métis and Inuit people experiencing disability are well-supported regardless of their home communities
- Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis People
The Plan for Growth also focuses on securing a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. Work flowing out of the plan includes:
- improving K-12 and post-secondary education results for First Nations and Métis people;
- supporting the healthy growth and development of children;
- supporting strong families and communities where children can grow and thrive;
- transforming child welfare;
- developing restorative and culturally-responsive justice approaches; and
- enhancing community safety planning.
34 C2A directed at provincial governments.
The Ministry of Advanced Education has purchased a two-year license to deliver the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation, an online multi-media course which will be made available to all Ministry employees. The 4 Seasons of Reconciliation was produced by Cazabon Productions under the guidance of the First Nations University of Canada’s Indigenous Advisory Circle and features Indigenous contributors throughout the education units. Subject areas include:
- Indigenous perspectives on colonialism,
- pre-contact history, Treaties,
- residential schools,
- the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
- Indigenous relations,
- reconciliation, and
The online course includes PowerPoint presentations, videos, films, quizzes and a completion certificate. Advanced Education’s sector partners, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina, are also providing this resource to their staff and students.
December 15, 2015
Response to TRC Report
Nothing specific. Advocate for Government of Canada to formally adopt
December 15, 2015
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.
December 8, 2015
Address to AFN National Assembly
Address to the AFN National Assembly – Promise to implement all 94 C2A + remove 2% funding cap, review legislation introduced by Harper Government, commitment to a renewed relationship (i.e. Nation-to-Nation) with Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit
October 5, 2015
Response to TRC Summary Report
Detailed responses/updates to all 94 C2A
The GNWT’s responses are not intended to be a full answer to the recommendations. They represent a new step in the broader process of reconciliation.
August 24, 2015
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
June 22, 2015
Response to TRC Summary Report
As a first step in reconciliation, Alberta apologized on behalf of past governments for not taking a stand to stop children from being taken from their homes and placed in federal residential schools. As a second step of reconciliation, Alberta joined the call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. The Commission has also called upon federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We are working on doing that by implementing the principles of the UN Declaration in a way that is consistent with our Constitution and Alberta law. “We must not only acknowledge the mistakes and abuses of the past, but strive to create a society where Indigenous people can fully participate in the economic, social and cultural life of this province.
June 16, 2015
Response to TRC Summary Report
Nothing specific. Indicated ongoing, current initiatives in Education, Health, Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, Health, Language & Culture, Justice,
June 14, 2015
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.
June 5, 2015
Joint Task Force on Improving Education
We will create a multi-ministry team to carefully examine this report and the full report once released. We will look to build on successes, such as teaching Treaty and First Nations and Métis histories in the classroom and the Joint Task Force on improving education and employment outcomes for First Nations and Métis
June 3, 2015
Response to TRC Summary Report
CBC – Already acting upon three TRC Calls to Action:
- Recognize aboriginal healing practices and use them to treat aboriginal patients
- Recruit aboriginal healthcare providers in aboriginal communities and across the healthcare field
- Consult with residential school survivors and aboriginal people to make curriculum about residential schools and other aboriginal history
June 2, 2015
Release of TRC Summary Report
Releae of “Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”
March 27, 2014
Expression of Reconciliation
Expression of Reconciliation for the Legacy of the Residential School System
Focus is on Education. Commits that all Alberta students will learn about the history and legacy of residential schools, along with the history of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples of Canada through a revised K-12 curriculum. Creating a new Assistant Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Learning. This new leadership role will provide a focal point within the ministry and government for implementing First Nations, Metis and Inuit education policies, programs and initiatives.
June 12, 2008
Formal apology to the Indigenous community for the legacy of the Residential School system.
June 11, 2008
PM Harper Apology
Issued a formal apology for the Residential School system
February 25, 1996
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
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)