Government Commitments: Urban Commitments to Reconciliation

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March 4, 2024

Host First Nations support the Vancouver Park Board dissolution

NationTalk: CityNews – The xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations have told the B.C. government and the City of Vancouver that they support the dissolution of the Vancouver Park Board. In a letter obtained by CityNews, the three Host Nations say they will immediately begin working on the transition process. “We have asked the MST Technical Team to meet with...

February 21, 2024

Local group asks for new seat on Hamilton council to represent Indigenous community

The Indigenous-specific council seat dovetails with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, says Lyndon George NationTalk: The Hamilton Spectator – A local Indigenous consultation group is asking Hamilton city officials to pursue a new council seat to represent their community members. Turning the request into reality would require changes to provincial legislation, but...

January 31, 2024

Thunder Bay Launches Groundbreaking Indigenous Economic Impact Study

By  NNL Digital News Update A Collaborative Effort for Inclusive Economic Development NationTalk:: NNL Digital News Update – THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – An initiative for assessing the economic contributions of Indigenous communities in Thunder Bay has been launched. The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) collaborates with Fort William First Nation, the Anishnawbe Business Professional...

January 15, 2024

Winnipeg 150 graphic showcases city’s journey to reconciliation, connection to earth

City of Winnipeg: This year, we’re marking an important milestone with a beautiful piece of art. We’re unveiling a new graphic for Winnipeg’s 150th anniversary which represents our city as we know it, while acknowledging the importance of our Indigenous roots. In anticipation of Winnipeg 150, we worked with a local artist, Jordan Stranger of Totem...

December 12, 2023

New study benchmarks Indigenous economic contributions and informs action toward Economic Reconciliation in Calgary and Treaty 7 region

NationTalk: Indigenous economic contributions measured for first time Jointly commissioned by Calgary Economic Development and the City of Calgary, and executed by MNP, the Indigenous Economic Contribution Study reports that the Indigenous economy generated a total GDP of $1.5 billion in 2021, approximately 1.2 per cent of Calgary’s total GDP. Of this, First Nations governments contributed $540...

December 8, 2023

Reconciliation-in-Action: Caldwell First Nation hosts first ever conference for municipalities in Southwestern Ontario

Municipal leaders and staff from across Windsor and Essex County are attending a historic conference on “Reconciliation in Action” hosted by the Caldwell First Nation at the Ojibway Nature Centre Friday. The conference for local governments is intended to develop deeper understandings about the history, presence and experience of First Nations people who have lived...

December 7, 2023

Agreement to forge new partnerships for municipalities, First Nations

First Peoples Law Report: The Hamilton Spectator – In the spirit of reconciliation, but also as a way to forge new economic partnerships, six municipal and two area First Nations governments will sign what’s being described as a memorandum of respect, understanding and partnership.  In the spirit of reconciliation, but also as a way to...

November 29, 2023

County developing Indigenous Relations Strategy

Corrected from an earlier version. NationTalk: Everything Grande Prairie – The County of Grande Prairie is developing an Indigenous Relations Strategy. County council has directed administration to meet with neighbouring municipalities on this idea. The strategy would determine current and future interactions with Indigenous communities, evaluate the need for an Indigenous Relations Coordinator, and review...

November 17, 2023

Hamilton council hoped for ‘fresh start’ with Indigenous community. Leaders reflect on gains, 1 year later

“My hope is we do continue on this good road,’ says HRIC’s Audrey Davis of relationship with council This week, CBC Hamilton is looking back at this council’s first year. This is Part 2 of a three-part series. Read Part 1 here.  CBC Indigenous: On a frosty December day in 2022, weeks after Hamilton’s city council was inaugurated, local...

November 17, 2023

Statement from Premier Pillai and Minister McPhee on downtown Whitehorse community safety

Premier Ranj Pillai and Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee issued the following statement: NationTalk: “On behalf of the Government of Yukon, we want to express our ongoing commitment to fostering safe and thriving communities across the territory. “Downtown Whitehorse is home to incredible businesses, a strong residential community, and significant and essential supports...

September 30, 2023

Indigenizing Our Cities

Truth and reconciliation requires Indigenous knowledge shaping how urban settings should look, feel and remind. The Tyee: For our third National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, I am struck by how much change has occurred for Indigenous Peoples in Vancouver and B.C. I work primarily in the field of urbanism — advocating for Indigenous knowledge...

September 30, 2023

New trust lets Vancouver Island residents donate percentage of property value to First Nations projects

Donations will go directly to participating First Nations and their projects CBC Indigenous: It’s a small percentage with significant meaning for Chief Abraham Pelkey of the Tsawout First Nation. Pelkey leads one of 10 nations on Vancouver Island who are starting to receive money from the South Island Reciprocity Trust, to which residents in the Capital Regional District can...

August 23, 2023

City collaboratively launches its first Indigenous Health Strategy

NationTalk: HAMILTON, ON – Last week, City Council approved its first Indigenous Health Strategy, which aims to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous individuals in Hamilton and reduce health disparities. Recognizing the historical and ongoing impact of colonialism on Indigenous health, Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) has engaged in a comprehensive and collaborative process...

July 3, 2023

‘New landmark’ celebrated at dedication of Chief Tecumseh sculpture

The sculpture is on the beach at Lakewood Park North CBC News: Windsor and Essex County marked its deep Indigenous roots on Monday with a ceremony in the Town of Tecumseh to dedicate a new sculpture of the town’s namesake.  Chief Tecumseh is memorialized in a new sculpture on the beach in Lakewood Park North. “This...

October 25, 2022

Vancouver City Council Passes Historic UNDRIP Strategy

Today, October 25, 2022, Vancouver City Council passed the City of Vancouver’s United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Strategy, as recommended by a Task Force led by the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The adoption of the UNDRIP Strategy is historic, positioning Vancouver as a national and global...

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