Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments

Métis


May 27, 2022


QC

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.


December 14, 2021


Fed. Govt.

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.

https://budget.gc.ca/efu-meb/2021/report-rapport/EFU-MEB-2021-EN.pdf


December 10, 2021


Fed. Govt.

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:
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1638827347500/1638827371759


July 6, 2021


MB

Manitoba Métis Self-Government Recognition and Implementation Agreement

An agreement with Canada recognizing the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) as the existing democratically elected government of the Manitoba Métis. This agreement ensures that the MMF will continue to provide responsible and accountable self-government. The Agreement signed by Minister Carolyn Bennett and Manitoba Métis Federation President David Chartrand is Canada’s first Métis self- government agreement that gives immediate recognition to an existing Métis government.
https://www.mmf.mb.ca/wcm-docs/docs/news/manitoba_metis_self-government_recognition_and_implementation_agreement.pdf


May 28, 2021


MB

Métis Flag

Winnipeg’s City Council voted unanimously to fly the flags of three Indigenous Nations, including the national flag of Métis Nation, at City Hall. The flag, an infinity symbol on a field of blue, will join the civic, provincial and national flags at City Hall, facing Main Street. Flying the Nation’s flag also acknowledges the critical role the Métis played in the building of the Red River Settlement, now called Winnipeg, and bringing the province of Manitoba into confederation. Until now, these requests have not been heard or honoured.

Manitoba is the only province brought into Canada’s confederation by an Indigenous government. You can’t meaningfully discuss the history of Manitoba without involving the Métis Nation.”

First unfurled in 1816, and widely recognized as the standard for Métis Nation at the Victory of Frog Plain, the Métis flag predates the flag of Canada by approximately 150 years. It is the oldest patriotic flag that is indigenous to Canada. It was accepted by the Métis National Council as the official flag of the Métis Nation and was secured in 2013 through an official mark, to protect it as a symbol of the Métis Nation, and ensure its collective ownership by the Citizens of the Métis Nation.


February 17, 2021


AB

Métis Draft Constitution

MNA – The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is consulting with its citizens on a draft Constitution that will modernize its approach to self-government. Following the signing of the historic Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement (MGRSA) in June 2019 with the Government of Canada, MNA embarked on a process leading to formal federal recognition of Métis Nation self-government in Alberta, including the creation of a Constitution. The MNA established a Constitution Commission to prepare a draft Constitution based on feedback from Métis citizens from consultations in 2018 leading up to the MGRSA.


February 5, 2021


BC

AGM Vote on Self-Government

NationTalk – The highlight of the Annual General Meeting February 18-20, will be a historic vote on self-government. The highlights of the AGM will be the discussion and voting on nine resolutions focusing on issues such as Métis youth, citizenship, children in care, self-governance, Regional Governance Councils, community funding, by-elections including:

Resolution 6: Self-Governance Declaration

A resolution to declare, among other things, that Métis Nation BC, the MNBC Constitution and legislative acts, and MNBC governing bodies and agencies are the recognized government and legislation of the self-governing British Columbia Métis community.
https://nationtalk.ca/story/dr-bonnie-henry-highlights-historic-metis-nation-bc-agm-feb-18-20


December 21, 2020


MB

The Path to Reconciliation Annual Report, 2020

The first sections highlight new efforts the Manitoba government undertook between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, while the later sections identify the previously reported and ongoing activities.

Manitoba took dozens of new actions between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020, to address the legacy of the impact from residential schools including creating a mental health and addictions strategy, with the mental health of Indigenous peoples being one of the top seven priority areas in the Virgo report.
Over the last two years, the number of children in care has declined, which is a positive trend for children and families, particularly Indigenous children and families. The province anticipates the ongoing work toward transforming the child welfare system will support a continuation of this positive trend, the minister added.

The government of Manitoba has also taken action to address dozens of the Calls to Action including:

  • invested over $110,000 to train public servants on the history of Indigenous peoples including developing a professional workshop ‘The Path to Reconciliation: A Historic and Contemporary Overview’;
  • partnered with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to create a five-year Treaty Education Initiative in the fall of 2019 that works with teachers to ensure students between kindergarten and Grade 12 learn about the treaties and treaty relationships; and
  • established an economic development office, with Indigenous engagement as a mandated priority and key focus to foster Indigenous contributions to Manitoba’s economy.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/inr/reports-and-expenses/pubs/ptr-act-annual-progress-report-2019-2020.pdf


September 29, 2020


NS

Premier apology to Indigenous and Blacks

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


March 9, 2020


Fed. Govt.

Otipemisiwak, A Nat’l Conference on Métis Self-Government

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MN-S), and the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) are coming together to host the first ever National Conference dedicated to conversations about Metis Self-Government in Canada. This two-day gathering will discuss the next steps on advancing Métis rights and self-government.


March 3, 2020


SK

Conference on Métis Self-Government

Métis governments from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario are gathering next week in Ottawa on March 9 and 10 for a first-of-its-kind conference on Métis self-government. The conference builds on the historic signings of the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements (MGRSAs) in June 2019. The MGRSAs are the first agreements in Canada to recognize the Métis inherent right of self-government based on Métis rights recognition and implementation. This conference will bring together Métis leaders, citizens, federal government representatives, legal experts, academics, and First Nations who have successfully negotiated modern day treaties and self-government agreements.
https://www.canada.ca/en/crown-indigenous-relations-northern-affairs/news/2019/06/historic-self-government-agreements-signed-with-the-metis-nation-of-alberta-the-metis-nation-of-ontario-and-the-metis-nation-saskatchewan.html


March 3, 2020


AB

Otipemisiwak: A National Conference on Métis Self-Government

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


March 3, 2020


ON

Otipemisiwak: A National Conference on Métis Self-Government

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


January 17, 2020


BC

Métis Nations of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan Tri-Council Meetings

The Métis Governments of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan held a historic Tri-council meeting this week in Edmonton, Alberta from Jan. 14-16, 2020. This meeting marks the first time that their elected representatives have assembled together since signing Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements (MGRSA) with Canada in June 2019. The primary focus was on identifying common priorities, mutual beneficial opportunities and enhancing collaboration and cooperation between the three Métis Governments. The Tri-council delegates passed a resolution:

  • calling for more transparency and accountability from the Métis National Council (MNC);
  • affirming that self-government and rights related discussions and negotiations must occur between Canada and the Métis Governments, not through the MNC; and
  • directing the creation of a working group to explore potential reform of the MNC.

They also passed a joint declaration:

  • to continue to work together at the national level in their ongoing collaborations and negotiations with Canada.
  • to develop a memorandum of understanding that formalizes the relationship of the Métis Governments at the national level for consideration at a future Métis Government Tri-council meeting

January 14, 2020


AB, Fed. Govt.

Métis Governments of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan Tri-Council Meetings

The Métis Governments of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan – held a historic Tri-council meeting this week in Edmonton, Alberta from January 14 to 16, 2020. This meeting marks the first time their elected representatives have assembled together since signing Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements (MGRSA) with Canada in June 2019. the primary focus was on identifying common priorities, mutual beneficial opportunities and enhancing collaboration and cooperation between the three Métis Governments.

The Tri-council delegates passed a resolution:

  • calling for more transparency and accountability from the Métis National Council (MNC);
  • affirming that self-government and rights related discussions and negotiations must occur between Canada and the Métis Governments, not through the MNC; and
  • directing the creation of a working group to explore potential reform of the MNC.

The Tri-council delegates also passed a joint declaration to continue to work together at the national level in their ongoing collaborations and negotiations with Canada. As well, they will work to develop a memorandum of understanding that formalizes the relationship of the Métis Governments at the national level for consideration at a future Métis Government Tri-council meeting.

Increasingly the MNO, MNA, and MNS have been working together to advance common interests trilaterally and to develop shared and balanced solutions to advance reconciliation, self-governance, and community well-being


September 1, 2019


MB

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.
https://www.gov.mb.ca/inr/reports-and-expenses/pubs/ptr-act-annual-progress-report-2018-2019-english.pdf


August 19, 2019


ON

State of the Nation Address

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


July 12, 2019


Fed. Govt.

Métis National Heritage Centre

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and the Government of Canada unveiled new funding ($3.4M from Government of Canada) for the construction of a Métis National Heritage Centre in Winnipeg. The centre will be the first of its kind in Canada and will showcase the history of the Métis Nation, highlighting the rich heritage and contributions of the Métis People to the development of Canada. The Métis National Heritage Centre will provide Metis Citizens with an opportunity to tell their story. It will also provide Canadians with an opportunity to learn about the heritage, language, culture, methods of governance, and contributions of the Métis Nation before, during, and after Confederation.


June 27, 2019


ON

Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement

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


June 27, 2019


Fed. Govt.

Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements

These agreements affirm the Métis right of self-government and recognize the mandates of the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. The agreements also set out next steps to formally recognize Métis governments as Indigenous governments in Canadian law.
While the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan already have well-established province-wide governance structures, the agreements signed today deal with the recognition of Métis jurisdiction in core governance areas (citizenship, leadership selection and government operations). They also set out processes for negotiating other agreements dealing with additional areas of jurisdiction in the future.
http://www.metisnation.org/media/655313/2019-06-27-mno-mgrsa-final-to-be-posted-on-website.pdf


June 27, 2019


AB

Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements

This agreement affirms the Métis right of self-government and recognize the mandates of the Métis Nation of Alberta (and Métis Nation of Ontario and Métis Nation of Saskatchewan). The agreement also set out next steps to formally recognize the Métis governments as Indigenous governments in Canadian law.
While the Métis Nations already has well-established province-wide governance structures, the agreements signed today deal with the recognition of Métis jurisdiction in core governance areas (citizenship, leadership selection and government operations). They also set out processes for negotiating other agreements dealing with additional areas of jurisdiction in the future.
https://www.canada.ca/en/crown-indigenous-relations-northern-affairs/news/2019/06/historic-self-government-agreements-signed-with-the-metis-nation-of-alberta-the-metis-nation-of-ontario-and-the-metis-nation-saskatchewan.html


June 27, 2019


AB, SK

Self-Government Agreement

This agreement affirms the Métis right of self-government and recognize the mandates of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (and Métis Nation of BC and Métis Nation of Alberta). The agreement also set out next steps to formally recognize the Métis governments as Indigenous governments in Canadian law.

While the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan already has well-established province-wide governance structures, the agreements signed today deal with the recognition of Métis jurisdiction in core governance areas (citizenship, leadership selection and government operations). They also set out processes for negotiating other agreements dealing with additional areas of jurisdiction in the future.
https://www.canada.ca/en/crown-indigenous-relations-northern-affairs/news/2019/06/historic-self-government-agreements-signed-with-the-metis-nation-of-alberta-the-metis-nation-of-ontario-and-the-metis-nation-saskatchewan.html


June 10, 2019


Fed. Govt.

Canada – Métis Post-Secondary Sub-Accord

The Sub-Accord fulfills commitments outlined in the 2017 Canada-Métis Nation Accord and is a historic step in closing the post-secondary education attainment gap between Métis citizens and non-Indigenous Canadians. This Sub-Accord will establish new approaches aimed at improving the education outcomes of Métis Nation students and programs and support three activity streams including student support, community-based programs and services, and governance capacity.


March 22, 2019


BC

Métis Nation BC and Island Health LOU on Health Services

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) President Clara Morin Dal Col, and Island Health Chair Ms. Leah Hollins, signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU). The LOU outlines a framework in which the Parties will work together to increase MNBC’s influence in decision making related to health services that impact Métis individuals, families and communities within the Island Health region. The LOU will improve access to health services, health outcomes and provide opportunities to bring lasting change in the delivery of health and care to Metis people.”


March 19, 2019


Fed. Govt.

Budget 2019 Métis Commitments

Significant Budget 2019 federal investments in Métis Nation priority areas. Among the highlights of the documents are:

  • “$30 million to recognize the contribution of Métis veterans to the country’s Second World War efforts and to commemorate the sacrifices and achievements of all Métis veterans”;
  • “A Métis Nation-led post-secondary education strategy consisting of financial assistance for Métis Nations students through an investment of $362.0 million over ten years, and $40.0 million per year ongoing”;
  • “$50 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to enhance the funding of the Métis Capital Corporations to support the start-up and expansion of Métis small and medium-sized enterprises”;
  • A new Indigenous Growth Fund of up to $100 million that will allow all Aboriginal Financial Institutions, including Métis Capital Corporations to support more Indigenous entrepreneurs, and more ambitious projects”; and
  • Support for a distinctions-based approach to Indigenous language revitalization projects with $333.7 million over five years to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages, including Michif, the traditional language spoken by the Métis

January 11, 2019


Fed. Govt.

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.
See also for details on Litigation Strategies.
https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/ijr-dja/dclip-dlcpa/litigation-litiges.html


November 14, 2018


Fed. Govt.

Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework Cancelled

CBC – 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.


September 24, 2018


MB

Joint Action Plan on Advancing Reconciliation

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) and the Government of Canada – have agreed to a three-part plan for moving forward together to advance reconciliation with the Manitoba Métis Community. In order to support this plan, Canada will provide $154.3 million to the MMF as the parties continue to work to advance reconciliation:
The Manitoba Metis Federation will use a portion of this funding to invest in areas it has identified to improve the social and economic well-being of the Manitoba Métis Community. This funding will form part of the reconciliation package that the parties are jointly working toward.

The parties will work towards reaching a self-government agreement in a timely manner that recognizes the Manitoba Metis Federation’s legal status, role and jurisdiction as a Métis government and implements the Manitoba Métis Community’s vision of greater self-determination.

The funding will support the Manitoba Metis Federation’s transition from its current corporate structure to a self-governing Métis government.
https://www.canada.ca/en/crown-indigenous-relations-northern-affairs/news/2018/09/manitoba-metis-federation-and-government-of-canada-announce-joint-action-plan-on-advancing-reconciliation.html


September, 2018


MB

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.
https://www.gov.mb.ca/inr/reports-and-expenses/pubs/ptr-act-annual-progress-report-2017-2018-english.pdf


July 25, 2018


BC

MOU on Reconciliation

The Government of Canada and the Métis Nation British Columbia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on reconciliation. Co-developed by partners, the MOU represents a joint commitment to identify challenges, opportunities and priorities. This MOU reflects the work going on across the Métis Nation with Governing Members on a path to self-determination. “Under this Memorandum, for the first time ever, we are going to begin discussions on at least 17 different subject areas, including Métis Section 35 Rights under the Constitution Act, 1982.” President Clara Morin Dal Col Métis Nation British Columbia.


July 20, 2018


SK

MOU on Advancing Reconciliation

Metis Nation of Saskatchewan and Canada Signed a MOU on Advancing Reconciliation:
https://metisnationsk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MOU-Government-of-Canada-Advancing-Reconciliation-2018.02.pdf


June 4, 2018


MB

Lawsuit over Turning the Page Agreement, Nov. 26, 2014

MMF’s has authorized legal proceedings against the Pallister government for its breach of the honour of the Crown and the Kwaysh-kin-na-mihk la paazh Agreement (“Turning the Page Agreement”) signed between the MMF, Manitoba Hydro and the Manitoba Government in November 2014. “It is outrageous and embarrassing for a Manitoba Premier to act like this—to overreach and politically interfere with the management and operations of Manitoba Hydro in violation of laws and well-established policies. This is particularly so when these unilateral and sharp actions violate a legally binding agreement and attempt to force a Crown corporation to breach a legally binding agreement negotiated with an Indigenous people. We will hold the Premier to account for his actions,” said President Chartrand
http://www.mmf.mb.ca/docs/hydro_docs/MMF-Hydro-Manitoba-Turning-the-Page-Agreement.pdf


May 23, 2018


BC

Draft Principles that Guide the Province of British Columbia’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

Release of “Draft principles” that recognizes that:

  1. 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. 
  2. that reconciliation is a fundamental purpose of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. 
  3. the honour of the Crown guides the conduct of the Crown in all of its dealings with Indigenous peoples. 
  4. 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
  5. Indigenous peoples and the Crown have been and are intended to be acts of reconciliation based on mutual recognition and respect. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. 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. 
  9. reconciliation is an ongoing process that occurs in the context of evolving Crown-Indigenous relationships. 
  10. 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. 

https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/6118_Reconciliation_Ten_Principles_Final_Draft.pdf?platform=hootsuitehttps://news.gov.bc.ca/files/6118_Reconciliation_Ten_Principles_Final_Draft.pdf?platform=hootsuite


April 30, 2018


ON

Framework Agreement on Métis Harvesting

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


March 27, 2018


Fed. Govt.

Métis Nation Summit on Child Welfare

Government of Canada on its announcement today to commence direct dialogue with the MNC Governing Members on the over-representation of Métis children and youth in the child welfare systems in Ontario and the four western provinces. The Métis Nation-sponsored Summit on Child and Family Services brought together practitioners, social workers, elders, youth and leaders of the Métis Nation to discuss the social and economic situation of families whose children find themselves in the care of provincial child and family services systems. Minister Philpott Minister of Indigenous Services, announced $ 1 million in funding to the Métis National Council to support their consultation efforts towards culturally appropriate child welfare reform


March 19, 2018


Fed. Govt.

Second Crown-Métis Bilateral Meeting

Discussed the implementation of the investments in Budget 2018 which will advance key Métis Nation priorities set out in the Canada-Métis Nation Accord. Ministers and Métis Nation leaders also actioned further work on accords to implement Budget commitments in relation to housing, early learning and childcare and Indigenous skills employment and training. All parties participated in meaningful discussions and agreed to undertake joint work and policy co-development on Métis health, education, child and family services, economic development and the new fiscal relationship, all of which are priority areas set out for the second year of the Accord.


March 2, 2018


MB

Mineral Development Protocol

The Manitoba Government stated it is working in partnership with First Nations to develop a provincial mineral development protocol to advance mineral development opportunities and projects on Indigenous territories but has excluded the Métis Nation of Manitoba from discussions. “The protocol, as is now being written, will mislead and confuse industry and increase instability, financial risk, and failure in mining developments in Manitoba.” (MMF)


February 23, 2018


SK

Framework Agreement on Reconciliation

Signing of a Framework Agreement on reconciliation with Métis Nation-Saskatchewan.

Subjects covered include:

  • Land Claims
  • Land Related Issues
  • Reconciliation Issues
  • Governance Issues
  • Cultural, Social, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Economic Well-Being of the MNS, its Citizens and its
  • Communities
  • Well-being/Cultural/Rights Protection Fund(s)

https://metisnationsk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Framework-Agreement-for-Advancing-Reconciliation-2018.07.pdf


February 15, 2018


ON

Annual Meeting with Premier

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


February 14, 2018


Fed. Govt.

Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous 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.

This framework gives us the opportunity to build new mechanisms, to recognize Indigenous governments and ensure rigorous full and meaningful implementation of treaties and other agreements. With this framework we have a chance to develop new tools to support the rebuilding of Indigenous communities, nations and governments and advance self-determination including the inherent right of self-government.
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1536350959665/1536350978933


December 17, 2017


AB

Métis Settlement General Council MOU

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and Darren Calliou, Vice President of the Metis Settlements General Council, signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing the parties to renew and strengthen the government-to-government relationship and advance lasting reconciliation with the eight Metis Settlements of Alberta who will now work to develop a framework agreement that will outline the areas for discussion and serve as the basis for negotiations of a reconciliation agreement. This could include identifying socio-economic gaps and improving outcomes for Métis in areas such as health, education, child and family welfare, and Métis rights. Mutually agreeable subject matters, including Métis self-government, lands, rights and outstanding claims against the Crown.
https://msgc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FRAMEWORK-AGREEMENT_001missingPP-3-1.pdf


December 11, 2017


ON

Framework Agreement to Advance Reconciliation

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


November 16, 2017


AB

Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation

The Government of Canada and the Métis Nation of Alberta signed the Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation that enables Canada and Métis Nation of Alberta to begin formal negotiations towards shared and balanced solutions to advance reconciliation and enhance the well-being of Métis Nation of Alberta citizens. The Framework Agreement sets out shared objectives and identifies key negotiating topics such as Métis self-government, lands, rights and consultation protocol.
http://www.albertametisgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/MNA-Canada-Framework-Advancing-Reconciliation.pdf


November 10, 2017


AB

27th Anniversary of land and self-governance legislation

Alberta government celebrates 27th anniversary of the passing of legislation resulting in land and self- governance for those living on Metis Settlements: On Nov. 1, 1990, a legislative package was proclaimed and included the Constitution of Alberta Amendment Act, Metis Settlements Land Protection Act, Metis Settlements Act, and Metis Settlements Accord Implementation Act. Together these acts established a unique law-making authority for the eight Metis Settlements and a self-governance regime for the Metis people in the province. “Alberta also transferred the title of 1.25 million acres of land to the Metis Settlements, making Alberta the only province in Canada with a recognized Metis land base entrenched in provincial statute, ensuring that Metis people in Alberta will always have a land base to call home.
https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/aswt/aboriginal_and_treaty_rights/documents/metis_settlements_of_alberta.pdf


November 8, 2017


Fed. Govt.

“Expanding the Circle: Inclusive Economic Growth”

In partnership with the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the Public Policy Forum presented a conference “Expanding the Circle: what reconciliation and inclusive economic growth can mean for the Métis Nation and Canada”.

Ideas were presented on:

  • How rights recognition and reconciliation can stimulate economic development and growth
  • The legal concepts and cases that are helping to shape the foundation of economic reconciliation
  • How the MMF has leveraged Métis Nation rights recognition into significant procurement opportunities with Manitoba Hydro and pipeline giant Enbridge through joint ventures with major contractors on projects like the Bipole III transmission line and Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement.

The conference also featured panel discussions with insights and ideas from Métis women business leaders and Métis Nation youth leaders.
http://www.naedb-cndea.com/reports/naedb_report_reconciliation_27_7_billion.pdf


August 21, 2017


Fed. Govt.

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.
https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/documents/corporate/transparency_229055456/health-agreements/principles-shared-health-priorities.pdf


July 25, 2017


BC

NDP commitment letters to his ministers

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 1, 2017


MB

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 ReconciliationReconciling Relationships
  • Recognition and Reconciliation of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
  • Land Based Initiatives

https://digitalcollection.gov.mb.ca/awweb/pdfopener?smd=1&did=26548&md=1


April 13, 2017


Fed. Govt.

Canada-Métis Nation Accord

Official signing of Canada-Métis Nation Accord marks a significant step towards a renewed government-to-government relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. It outlines the ways in which the Government of Canada and the Métis National Council and its Governing Members will work together to set priorities and develop policy in areas of shared interest. The Accord will bring a coordinated focus across the federal government in setting priorities and obtaining concrete actions and tangible results. The Accord established annual meetings with the Prime Minister, semi-annual meetings with key Cabinet ministers and quarterly meetings with Assistant Deputy Ministers and other senior officials.
https://pm.gc.ca/en/canada-metis-nation-accord


February 3, 2017


ON

MOU to Advance Reconciliation

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

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


February 1, 2017


AB

The Métis Nation of Alberta – Government of Alberta Framework Agreement

The Métis Nation of Alberta – Government of Alberta Framework Agreement formally recognizes a shared commitment to work co-operatively to:

  • address the needs and aspirations of the MNA and its members
  • preserve Métis identity and cultural heritage in Alberta
  • build upon and enhance the Alberta-MNA relationship through Nation-to-Nation dialogue
    promote reconciliation

Priority Actions in the 2017 agreement include:

  • further clarifying and strengthening the Nation-to-Nation relationship
  • supporting recognition and respect of Métis rights and promoting reconciliation
  • developing collaborative cross-government approaches to address the particular needs and issues of Métis people
  • increasing economic opportunities to enhance community and individual well-being

The agreement will also help to ensure that Metis people actively participate in the development of Alberta government policies, programs, initiatives, resources and services.

https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/eac3e6c9-e54f-4d4c-81f7-a47b8e39d7e9/resource/de6ebd40-9bbb-41ea-8ec2-fa4f06ebf607/download/mna-framework-agreement-jan-31-2017.pdf


January 31, 2017


AB

MOU to Advance Reconciliation

The Métis Nation of Alberta (“MNA”) has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Reconciliation (“MOU”) with the Government of Canada with the goal of arriving at a mutually agreeable framework agreement by September 2017 that would establish a formal negotiations process based on mutually agreeable subject matters, including Métis self-government, lands, rights and outstanding claims against the Crown.


November 16, 2016


BC

Renewal of 2006 Accord

Renewal of accord first signed in 2006 to strengthen relationships between the provincial government and Métis people with objectives to address health, housing, education, economic opportunities, Métis identification and data collection as well as any opportunities for engaging in a tripartite relationship with the federal government. In addition to recommitting to the original objectives of the accord, the updated version covers an additional four areas: children and families, information sharing, justice and wildlife stewardship.


November 15, 2016


MB

Framework for Advancing Reconciliation

Jointly developed Framework Agreement sets out a process to begin formal reconciliation negotiations to address the outstanding issues raised in the 2013 Manitoba Métis Federation Inc. v. Canada decision of the Supreme Court of Canada that will lead to a modern-day treaty with Canada. “This is a monumental and historic time for Manitoba’s Métis. After more than 140 years, three decades of court battles and numerous consultations with our Métis Citizens, I am honoured and humbled to present to Louis Riel – at a gravesite ceremony celebrating the 131st anniversary of the judicial murder of Métis Visionary and Leader – and the Manitoba Métis, this signed Framework Agreement that will start the formal negotiations leading to the reconciliation of our constitutional grievance and the renewal of the solemn promise,” said President Chartrand.
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1502395273330/1539711712698


July 21, 2016


Fed. Govt.

Métis Section 35 Rights Framework

Ministerial Special Representative’s Report on Reconciliation with Métis Section 35 Rights Framework engagement with Métis governments and organizations, provincial and territorial governments and other interested parties and made recommendations on the development of a Section 35 Métis rights framework as well as other initiatives to advance reconciliation with Métis. His mandate also included identifying options for moving forward with the MMF on the implementation of the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2013 judgment in Manitoba Métis Federation et al. v. Canada.
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/DAM/DAM-CIRNAC-RCAANC/DAM-PPLCOM/STAGING/texte-text/report_reconciliation_1471371154433_eng.pdf


June 10, 2016


Fed. Govt.

First annual Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Indigenous Forum

Commit to all indigenous groups: AFN, Métis National Council, Inuit Tapariit Kanatami, Native Women’s Association of Canada and Indigenous People’s Assembly of Canada (IPAC).


June 1, 2016


MB

The Path to Reconciliation Annual Report, 2016

The government will carry out work in 2016/17 that will lead to the development of an initial engagement strategy to seek feedback on a reconciliation strategy from Indigenous leaders. This initial engagement will be followed by a more fulsome engagement process that will take place at a later date, once initial discussions have occurred. while the strategy is being developed, the government has made a firm commitment to work positively and respectfully with Indigenous people and communities toward the following objectives through:

Manitoba Families:

  • 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.

Manitoba Infrastructure and Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations:

  • 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 longterm 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.

https://digitalcollection.gov.mb.ca/awweb/pdfopener?smd=1&did=25372&md=1


May 30, 2016


ON

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

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

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

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


May 27, 2016


MB

MOU on Advancing Reconciliation

Sets out a mutually agreeable path forward on finding a shared solution on implementing the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) Decision (2013 Manitoba Metis Federation et al. v. Canada decision of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). The SCC decision is about undue delay in providing the land grants promised to the Métis in s. 31 of the Manitoba Act, 1870. That delay was found to be inconsistent with the honour of the Crown. As a first step, the parties will work together to develop a framework agreement that sets out a process for negotiating a shared solution in the future. The goal is to develop this mutually acceptable framework agreement over the coming months.
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1467055681745/1539711559006


March 15, 2016


MB

Path to Reconciliation Act

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.
https://web2.gov.mb.ca/bills/40-5/b018e.php


December 15, 2015


Fed. Govt.

Response to TRC Final Report

Commit to a “renewed” (i.e. Nation-to-Nation) relationship with First Nations, Métis and Inuit.


December 15, 2015


SK

Response to TRC Summary Report

Since the June 5, 2015 statement’s release, the government has had initial discussions with First Nations leaders on the TRC report and how we can move forward together. Ongoing work with First Nations and Metis people.

Some of the Government strategies that are already well underway include:

  • Child Welfare Transformation Strategy
  • Disability Strategy
  • Education Sector Strategic Plan, and
  • actions on violence prevention.

First Nations and Saskatchewan’s Plans for Growth

Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth, along with several other interministry strategies, aligns with many of the TRC’s Calls to Action outlined in the report, including plans to:

  • Sustain growth and opportunities for Saskatchewan people – through initiatives that will improve education and employment outcomes, as well as those that engage First Nations and Métis people in economic development; and
  • Meet the challenges of growth – by increasing the number of child care spaces and increasing the number of First Nations and Métis people in our workforce.

Interministry Strategies and the TRC

The following list highlights the work that the Government of Saskatchewan – along with its ministries, Crown corporations and agencies – is doing which aligns with the TRC’s recommendations:

  • Joint Task Force (JTF) on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis People
  • Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy
  • Saskatchewan Disability Strategy
  • Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan
  • Child Welfare Transformation Strategy

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/first-nations-citizens/moving-forward-with-the-truth-and-reconciliation-commission#ongoing-work-with-first-nations-and-metis-people


December 1, 2015


ON

Bill 153 Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act

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


July 31, 2015


NT

Métis Land Claims

NWT is the only jurisdiction where the federal government has negotiated comprehensive land claims with the Métis or are presently in negotiations with the Northwest Territory Métis Nation


June 22, 2015


AB

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


BC

Response to TRC Summary Report

Nothing specific. Indicated ongoing, current initiatives in Education, Health, Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, Health, Language & Culture, Justice,


June 5, 2015


SK

Response to TRC Summary Report

“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 people”.


June 3, 2015


MB

Response to TRC Summary Report

Already acting upon three TRC Calls to Action: (CBC)

  • 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


Fed. Govt.

Release of TRC Summary Report

“Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission” released.


March 27, 2014


AB

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.
https://education.alberta.ca/media/563919/albertas-expression-of-reconciliation.pdf


March 8, 2013


MB

Manitoba Métis Land Claim

The Manitoba Métis Land Claim slowly made its way through the Queen’s Bench, the Court of Appeal and finally to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). In March 2013 the SCC acknowledged the Manitoba Métis Federation as the body that represents the Manitoba Métis in this collective claim against the Crown. In its decision this Court also accepted the MMF as the self-government of Manitoba’s Métis Community. In its 2013 decision the SCC ruled the constitutional promise made in the Manitoba Act, 1870 was not kept by Canada.
https://www.canadashistory.ca/explore/politics-law/supreme-court-makes-historic-ruling-on-metis-land-claim


November 17, 2008


ON

MNO – Ontario Framework Agreement

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


June 11, 2008


Fed. Govt.

PM Harper Apology

Issued a formal apology for the Residential School system
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100015644/1100100015649