Government Commitments: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

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June 18, 2024


Truth and Reconciliation commissioner recalls dilemma over cultural genocide finding

Marie Wilson mixes memoir and TRC history in new book CBC Indigenous: The residential school survivor’s reference to genocide came on a cool October day in 2011, Marie Wilson recalls. The phrase was short and direct but raised a dilemma for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). “This was cultural genocide against my people,” the Mi’kmaw...

June 10, 2024


Northern MPP to head up Indigenous reconciliation after cabinet shuffle

Indigenous reconciliation added to Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford’s title; George Pirie remains mines minister, Vic Fedeli continues in economic development  NationTalk: SOOTODAY.COM – Indigenous reconciliation has been added to Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford’s title in Premier Doug Ford’s June 6 cabinet shuffle. Ford decided to switch up and expand the roster at the...

June 8, 2024


A judge, a jock and a journalist walk into a hotel

EXCERPTED WITH PERMISSION FROM “NORTH OF NOWHERE: SONG OF A TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSIONER” BY MARIE WILSON, COPYRIGHT 2024 HOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS. Commission chairman Justice Murray Sinclair, centre, with fellow commissioner Marie Wilson, right. Toronto Star: In “North of Nowhere: Song of a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner,” one of the three TRC commissioners recounts...

May 16, 2024


Statement from Premier Ranj Pillai on recent meetings with Selkirk First Nation and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation

NationTalk: Premier Ranj Pillai has issued the following statement: “Earlier this week, alongside MLA for Mayo-Tatchun Jeremy Harper, I had the pleasure of connecting with the leadership of Selkirk First Nation and the leadership of Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation in their respective communities. During these meetings, Yukon First Nation Chiefs, Council members and I discussed...

April 11, 2024


Manitoba premier wants daily legislative prayer to be more inclusive

Wab Kinew tells faith leaders he questions whether prayer ‘is representative and inclusive of all of us’ CBC News: Manitoba’s premier wants to change the prayer that’s recited in the legislature to make it more inclusive of people who practise faiths other than Christianity, and those who hold no faith at all. Wab Kinew told a breakfast gathering of...

February 19, 2024


Louis Riel portrait updated to recognize Métis leader as first premier of Manitoba

Updated plaque for Louis Riel portrait unveiled WINNIPEG – A portrait of Louis Riel hanging in the provincial legislature now recognizes the Métis leader as Manitoba’s first premier.  The Toronto Star: The Canadian Press – WINNIPEG – A portrait of Louis Riel hanging in the provincial legislature now recognizes the Métis leader as Manitoba’s first...

February 19, 2024


Leaders meet for first Yukon Forum of 2024

This is a joint news release between the Government of Yukon, the Council of Yukon First Nations and Yukon First Nations governments. Premier Ranj Pillai, Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston, Yukon First Nations Chiefs and Government of Yukon Cabinet members met in Whitehorse today for the first Yukon Forum of 2024....

February 9, 2024


Greens tap Fairy Creek land defender Rainbow Eyes for deputy leader

Rainbow Eyes (top left) leads prayers and songs at the base of Big Lonely Doug. Photo by @focus.wandering Listen to article Canada’s National Observer: The federal Green Party’s leadership team is expanding with the reappointment of an old-growth forest defender as another deputy leader.  “We are immensely pleased and honoured that Rainbow Eyes, currently standing convicted of criminal...

January 16, 2024


Wab Kinew and the rocky political road to becoming the first Anishinaabe premier of a province in Canada

APTN News: Right out of the gate, Wab Kinew was seen as a rising star and a potential future leader of the Manitoba NDP. But before even being elected, there were tough questions about his past. In 2016, Kinew, a former rapper and broadcaster, was running for the NDP in Winnipeg’s Fort Rouge riding. He...

December 8, 2023


Manon Jeannotte from First Nation in Gaspé appointed Quebec lieutenant governor

‘The priority has always been reconciliation,’ says Jeannotte CBC Indigenous: Manon Jeannotte, who hails from the Mi’kmaq First Nation of Gespeg on the province’s Gaspé Peninsula, has been named the new lieutenant-governor of Quebec. “It’s a source of pride, a recognition,” Jeannotte told Radio-Canada, thanking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for appointing her to the position. ...

December 7, 2023


New Premier elected in the Northwest Territories

Hay River’s RJ Simpson will be the new Northwest Territories premier  APTN News: It is a big day in politics North of 60. Newly elected members of the Northwest Territories legislature have chosen their next premier. R.J. Simpson, who is Métis, is the legislature member for Hay River North, won on the second round of...

November 23, 2023


Louis Riel is about to be declared the first premier of Manitoba 

Current Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew sets in motion a law to right a 153-year-old wrong. The newly elected NDP government of Wab Kinew introduced the Louis Riel Act, a bill that will see the Métis leader given the title of the Honourary First Premier of Manitoba. “It fills me with a great sense of humility to...

November 16, 2023


Leaders honour legacy of Louis Riel on 138th anniversary of his death

Riel commemorated at gravesite in St. Boniface ceremony marking Métis leaders’ impact CBC Indigenous: Federal, provincial, municipal and Métis leaders honoured Louis Riel at a ceremony at his gravesite in Winnipeg’s St. Boniface neighbourhood on Thursday, the 138th anniversary of his death.  Riel, 41, was executed by hanging in a public gallows on Nov. 16, 1885, at...

November 1, 2023


‘Listen to us,’ says residential school survivor as N.L. premier begins apologies in Labrador

Premier Andrew Furey is set to travel to each of Nunatsiavut’s communities over 3 days  WARNING: This story contains distressing details. CBC News: As the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador kicks off a string of apologies to residential school survivors on Wednesday, one survivor has advice for how he can make a lasting impact. Miriam...

October 27, 2023


Manitoba premier resets relationship with families at Winnipeg ceremony

Families want local landfill search and premier says he’s working on it.   Families who met with Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew say they appreciated the meeting and words spoken from the newly elected leader. “It was a beautiful way to re-set that relationship that is needed here in the Manitoba Legislature,” said Long Plain First...

October 27, 2023


Public Advisory: Premier Furey to Deliver Apologies to Residential Schools Survivors in Nunatsiavut

NationTalk: The Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will deliver apologies to residential schools survivors and family members in the five Labrador Inuit communities and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, November 1 to 3, 2023. The delivery of apologies is being undertaken in collaboration with the Nunatsiavut Government and former students of residential schools....

October 26, 2023


Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew Releases First Set of Ministerial Mandate Letters

NationTalk: Today, Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew released four mandate letters that were provided to newly sworn-in members of the executive council, outlining the immediate priorities and key commitments of their ministries. “Manitobans have entrusted us to begin the work of fixing health care,” said Kinew. “A challenge this significant must be shared across several departments....

October 25, 2023


First Nations advocates for landfill search look forward to meeting with Manitoba’s new premier

Kinew will meet with families, leaders later this week: Long Plain chief CBC Indigenous: Posted Oct. 24, 2023; Updated Oct. 25 2023) – Manitoba’s new premier is set to meet with the families of two First Nations women whose remains are believed to be in the Prairie Green landfill, north of Winnipeg.  Long Plain First...

October 18, 2023


Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew and New Government Sworn In

NationTalk: New Cabinet Commits to Building a Shared Future for All Manitobans TREATY 1 AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, HOMELAND OF THE RED RIVER MÉTIS, WINNIPEG—In a colourful and tradition-filled ceremony honouring the seven Indigenous nations in Manitoba, Premier Wab Kinew was sworn in today as premier of Manitoba, alongside the 14 other members of his cabinet....

October 13, 2023


Apology being planned to Nunatsiavut residential school survivors in Hopedale

Nunatsiavut government says no specific dates have been set for Hopedale or other Inuit communities CBC News: Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey is set to deliver an apology to Nunatsiavut residential school survivors in November in Hopedale, according to a social media post by the Nunatsiavut government’s Department of Health and Social Development.  But in response...

October 5, 2023


What Wab Kinew’s victory in Manitoba means for the rest of Canada: ‘One party united the vote and the other party divided’

The tasks facing Manitoba’s next premier will test a politician who ran a campaign deliberately targeting all voters as he navigates fraught and looming issues in his province. Toronto Star: Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew delivers his victory speech and wishes his mother, Kathi Avery Kinew, a happy birthday, after winning the Manitoba Provincial election...

October 3, 2023


Solid NDP win cements Kinew as 1st First Nations premier in Manitoba history

New Democrats emerge with enough seats to form majority government CBC News: The NDP sailed to victory Tuesday night with a solid win that cements leader Wab Kinew as Manitoba’s first First Nations premier and also nets the party enough seats to form a majority government. “This is a great victory for all of us...

September 24, 2023


A First Nations premier will signify ‘progress’

Kinew set for historic achievement if NDP wins Oct. 3 election Toronto Star: A First Nations premier would head a province for the first time in Canadian history if the New Democrats win the Oct. 3 Manitoba election, and the significance is not lost on party leader Wab Kinew. “My dad was not allowed to...

September 13, 2023


AMC and Elections Manitoba Introduce Groundbreaking Declaration of First Nation Guarantor for Proof of Identity Voters Form

NationTalk: Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) proudly announces its collaboration with Elections Manitoba to champion the democratic spirit and encourage full participation in the 43rd Manitoba General Election set for October 3, 2023. To address the hurdles confronting certain First Nation voters who lack the required identification, the AMC...

September 6, 2023


Deb Haaland, first Indigenous member of U.S. cabinet, meets counterparts in Ottawa

Haaland on Jan. 20 at the Capitol building in Washington ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration. Photo: Twitter  APTN News: The Canadian Press – The first-ever Indigenous member of the U.S. cabinet is in Canada to talk about how best to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis Inuit communities across the continent. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, a...

August 15, 2023


Rural Manitoba councillor apologizes for racist comments

The comments, shared widely on social media, were condemned by Springfield Mayor Patrick Therrien and others. Andy Kulscynski is in the back row on the far right in this undated council photo. Photo: RM of Springfield  APTN News: A politician from a bedroom community outside Winnipeg has apologized for racist comments recorded at a recent...

July 31, 2023


Mandate letter directs more cross-ministry collaboration for Indigenous Relations minister

Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson  Windspeaker.com: Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson will be getting help from a newly appointed parliamentary secretary to meet the tasks on his agenda, including climate and health items, as outlined in his most recent mandate letter from Alberta Premier Danielle Smith. “That’s going to help me out a lot to...

July 26, 2023


Cabinet Shuffle: Crucial Issues for First Nations to Continue with New Ministers

NationTalk: WENDAKE, QC, July 26, 2023 – In response to the federal cabinet shuffle, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) would like to remind Justin Trudeau’s government of the importance of continuing to advance certain crucial files, such as First Nations police services, housing and infrastructure as well as the implementation of the First...

July 17, 2023


Work to replace Indian Act is ongoing, feds say

Process being done in consultation with Indigenous people By Richard Hutton Niagara This Week – Welland NationTalk: Niagarathisweek.com: Calls for the Indian Act to be repealed and replaced are not new, but the big issue is how to go about it, a spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada says. “There is no clear consensus on a way forward...

July 11, 2023


Premiers meeting in Winnipeg starts with discussion with Indigenous leaders

Heather Stefanson, Chair, Council of the Federation, and Premier of Manitoba talks with David Chartrand, Manitoba Metis Federation president, at the Canadian premiers and National Indigenous Organizations meeting in Winnipeg, Monday, July 10, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods NationTalk: Canada’s premiers kicked off their annual three-day conference Monday by meeting with Indigenous leaders on issues...

June 28, 2023


Provincial Indigenous Women’s Reconciliation Council Hold First Meeting

by ahnationtalk on June 28, 2023 June 28, 2023 The inaugural meeting of the Provincial Indigenous Women’s Reconciliation Council was held on Wednesday, June 28 in St. John’s. The goal of the Reconciliation Council is to coordinate and lead meaningful action to address existing challenges and obstacles in the areas of culture, health and wellness, justice, and human...

June 28, 2023


What We Heard Report released for the Recommended Dawson Regional Land Use Plan

NationTalk: The Government of Yukon and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government released the What We Heard Report on the Recommended Plan for the Dawson Region. The development of a land use plan for the Dawson region is a significant priority for both the Government of Yukon and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. The consultation period ran for 90 days...

June 13, 2023


National Indigenous History Month: Minister Wilson

NationTalk: Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson issued the following statement on National Indigenous History Month: “National Indigenous History Month is an important time of year to learn about the historic contributions and achievements of Indigenous Peoples in Alberta. The Alberta government continues to recognize their strength and resilience. “Indigenous Peoples in Alberta have historically...

May 26, 2023


Manitoba Government Announces New Civilian Director of Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba

NationTalk: The Manitoba government is announcing the appointment of Roxanne Gagné to the role of civilian director of the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) effective July 1, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today. “A civilian-led investigation unit is a cornerstone of the Police Services Act and the IIU plays an important part in reinforcing the confidence...

May 24, 2023


New Awitgati Longhouse and Cultural Centre to provide programming and services to Indigenous community

From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency NationTalk: Fredericton, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) – Strong, vibrant cultural connections empower strong, vibrant communities. Investments in public spaces where people can gather, learn, share and celebrate their culture and knowledge are key to promote a more equitable, more inclusive Canada, and to build communities where everyone...

May 23, 2023


Political party platforms show various degrees of commitment to Indigenous peoples in Alberta

WindSpeaker: The race to form Alberta’s next provincial government is contentious and neck-and-neck between the incumbent United Conservative Party (UCP) and the New Democratic Party (NDP). As the days to next Monday’s election count down, there is one thing the two party leaders agree on— the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC). During the May 18...

May 17, 2023


Vancouver permanently erects flags for Indigenous Host Nations in Stanley Park

The move is part of a 100-year vision for the park. NationTalk: For the first time ever, the local Host Nations’ flags will be permanently raised in Vancouver. City of Vancouver wants residential school memorial gone by May 28 ‘Tantamount to theft’: Early removal of memorial sparks further tension between City, Indigenous ‘vigil keepers’ As...

May 7, 2023


Trudeau says Charles is ‘deeply aligned’ with Canadian priorities on environment, reconciliation

Canadian envoy in London says ‘serious discussion’ underway about potential royal visit CBC News: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he think Canada’s new head of state is aligned with the priorities of many Canadians on issues like the environment and reconciliation with Indigenous people. Trudeau and a group of other Canadians — including Gov. Gen. Mary...

May 4, 2023


National Indigenous leaders hope to renew relationship with Crown after meeting King Charles

Meeting was arranged by Canada’s first Indigenous governor general ahead of Charles III’s coronation CBC News: National Indigenous leaders say their historic meeting with King Charles on Thursday, two days before his coronation, marks the beginning of a new chapter in the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples. This was the first time a...

April 4, 2023


Governor General wants leaders to meet King

Toronto Star: Gov. Gen. Mary Simon wants Indigenous leaders to meet with King Charles to reset their relationship with the Crown, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said Monday. Speaking to chiefs gathered in Ottawa, RoseAnne Archibald said she meets frequently with Simon, who is the first Indigenous person to hold the...

March 23, 2023


Northerners should be at the table for NORAD discussions, says Nunavut premier

Arctic sovereignty, critical minerals on the agenda for U.S. presidential visit to Canada CBC News: As U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, Nunavut’s premier says he’ll be watching closely for discussions about the Arctic. Biden is set to address Parliament Friday during an official visit to Canada....

March 8, 2023


Métis National Council at crossroads as it marks 40-year anniversary

MNC was born to advocate for Métis federally following patriation of the Canadian Constitution CBC News: Forty years ago in Regina, on the eve of a high-stakes constitutional conference on Indigenous rights, the Métis decided to go it alone. Three Métis associations from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the largest in the country, decided to ditch...

December 16, 2022


Canada continues to support Indigenous groups across the country to advance self-determination and rebuild their nations

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada: As part of Canada’s work to renew relationships with Indigenous Peoples, the Government will support Indigenous groups working to rebuild their nations or Inuit communities—in a manner that responds to their unique needs and priorities. This was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and is...

December 13, 2022


Access to Information review’s final report including “What we Heard report on Indigenous Consultations

Treasury Board of Canada: Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, tabled the Government’s report on the Access to Information Review in Parliament: “Access to information (ATI) is essential for our democracy and must reflect all citizen’s expectations for accessible, timely and trustworthy information. Given the importance of this review, the Government...

December 8, 2022


BCAFN Welcomes BC Cabinet Restructuring and New Members

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC) — BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) welcomes the new BC government cabinet members announced today by Premier David Eby. First Nations leaders have strongly emphasized the imperative for the government to partner with First Nations on several obligations and priorities and this cabinet is a positive step forward...

November 30, 2022


AMC, SCO, MKO and AFN Regional Office Respond to Meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

NationTalk: Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) and the Assembly of First Nations Manitoba Regional Office issue this statement in response to the meeting held with Prime Minister Trudeau that was hosted on November 29, 2022, to discuss national and regional...

November 29, 2022


B.C. cabinet, First Nations’ leadership gather for important conversations

NationTalk: MUSQUEAM, SQUAMISH AND TSLEIL-WAUTUTH TERRITORY – The seventh B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering began on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, marking the first in-person gathering since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020 and the atmospheric river of 2021. Premier David Eby, together with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Cheryl Casimir, Regional Chief Terry Teegee,...

November 28, 2022


Nunavut Planning Commission concludes Final Public Hearings on Historic Land Use Plan

NationTalk: IQALUIT, NU, Nov. 28 – One of the most extensive consultations in the country’s history concluded as the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) wrapped up public hearings on its draft land use plan for the territory, the largest in the world covering one-fifth of Canada. The latest Inuit-led hearings ended Nov. 19 and involved participants...

November 18, 2022


David Eby sworn in as premier at Musqueam Community Centre as a sign of reconciliation

VICTORIA – Today, David Eby was sworn in as B.C.’s 37th premier while surrounded by family, friends, colleagues and community members from throughout British Columbia. In a ceremony held in the Musqueam Community Centre, Eby made a commitment to tackle the challenges people are facing, while making meaningful improvements in the lives of British Columbians....

November 16, 2022


Statement by the Prime Minister on Louis Riel Day

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Louis Riel Day: “Today, we join the Métis People and Canadians across the country to commemorate the life of Louis Riel. The great Métis leader and founder of Manitoba was a defender of Métis rights, protector of their land, and advocate for the distinct...

October 28, 2022


Gov. Gen. Mary Simon unveils a highly personal coat of arms

Reconciliation is a key component of Mary Simon’s insignia, Rideau Hall says CBC News: Rideau Hall unveiled Gov. Gen. Mary Simon’s coat of arms Friday — one that it says reflects her personal story and commitment to reconciliation. Simon became Governor General last year, making history as the first Indigenous person to hold the ceremonial post. Simon grew...

October 25, 2022


New Brunswick Speech from the Throne Indigenous commitments

The Speech from the Throne has two specific Indigenous commitments: Work with Indigenous and other stakeholders to transition away from coal and explore whether New Brunswick’s natural gas supply could provide a clean and reliable alternative source of energy. Combat systemic racism, advance reconciliation and foster a more inclusive province. NationTalk: FREDERICTON (GNB) – Today’s...

October 5, 2022


Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Speech from the Throne

Section on Reconciliation NationTalk: With the recent marking of the second annual Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, it was a time for reflection on the province’s relationship and history with Indigenous people. My Government remains committed to consultations with Indigenous groups and weekly meetings with leaders that support open and frank discussions...

October 1, 2022


Prince Edward Island celebrates Treaty Day

Today is the fourth year of recognizing October 1 as Treaty Day, an important step in the Province’s commitment to reconciliation with the PEI Mi’kmaq. Due to Hurricane Fiona and ongoing recovery efforts, public events for Treaty Day have been cancelled. This significant day celebrates the continuing friendship and shared history of Islanders and the...

August 26, 2022


Survivors’ Flag raising on Parliament Hill by residential school survivors, the National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation, and the Honourable Marc Miller

WINNIPEG — Residential school Survivors and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) will be joined by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations for the raising of the Survivors’ Flag on Parliament Hill. Once raised, the flag will fly for two years. Survivors, the NCTR and Minister Miller will make themselves available...

August 23, 2022


Monument unveiled as commemoration of the past and hope for the future: Treaty 6

“I hope that this unveiling would be significant to the education for people from Alberta and Canada to talk about the treaties and how reconciliation can be done.” — Grand Chief George Arcand, Jr WindSpeaker: A monument unveiled at the Alberta legislature Sunday, Aug. 21, sits almost directly on the spot where the adhesion to...

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...

June 28, 2022


Inuit – Crown Partnership Committee meeting

Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – The Government of Canada and Inuit leaders have been working closely together through the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee (ICPC) to advance reconciliation, strengthen the Inuit-Crown partnership, and create a more prosperous Inuit Nunangat through meaningful collaboration. On Monday, June 27, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller and Inuit Tapiriit...

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...

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...

April 21, 2022


Inuit Nunangat Policy

Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and President Natan Obed of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, alongside federal Cabinet ministers and the elected Inuit leadership from the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Makivik Corporation, and the Nunatsiavut Government, endorsed the new, historic Inuit Nunangat Policy at a meeting of the ICPC. This marks the first time the Government...

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:...

February 25, 2022


Apology

BC Government expressed its deep regret for the mistakes of past governments in their treatment of Aboriginal people....

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...

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: health, wellbeing, employment, poverty, justice, domestic and family violence, and...

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...

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...

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...

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 28, 2021


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...

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...

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...

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...

February 5, 2021


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...

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....

September 29, 2020


Premier apology to Indigenous and Blacks

CTV News – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil apologized Tuesday to Black and Indigenous Nova Scotians for systemic racism in the province’s justice system, and said the government is committed to reform. McNeil said he is putting together a restorative justice team composed of members of Black and Indigenous communities, as well as members of...

June 18, 2020


Renaming “Discovery Day”

Renaming “Discovery Day” which was established to celebrate the discovery of Newfoundland by John Cabot in 1497. Consultations must take place with Indigenous governments and organizations in the spirit of reconciliation regarding this holiday...

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...

March 12, 2020


L’nuey

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...

March 9, 2020


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


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...

March 3, 2020


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...

March 3, 2020


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...

February 13, 2020


2020 Speech from 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...

January 17, 2020


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...

January 14, 2020


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...

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,...

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 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


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...

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...

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,”...

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.”...

September 27, 2019


Nunavut Tunngavik 2018-2021 Priorities

We will seek to work with the Governments of Canada and Nunavut to achieve substantial and measurable progress towards the full implementation of Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement. Inuit employment and full implementation of Article 23 are the essential means to address many of the prevailing issues in Inuit society today. Members also discussed the...

August 19, 2019


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...

August 15, 2019


Federal Government apology in response to Qikiqtani Truth Commission’s Final Report, Achieving Saimaqatigiingniq

Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations delivered an official apology on behalf of the Government of Canada to the Qikiqtani Inuit for the Government’s actions in the Qikiqtani region between 1950 and 1975. “During this period, Government policies included forced relocation and family separation of Qikiqtani Inuit, the killing of qimmiit (sled dogs), who were...

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....

April 26, 2019


Release of “Nation-Building at Home, Vigilance Beyond”

Nunatsiaq News – Release of “Nation-Building At Home, Vigilance Beyond: Preparing for the Coming Decades in the Arctic” with 15 of 28 recommendations relating to Indigenous peoples: Meaningful partnerships with Indigenous peoples and northern communities (7) Defence, Security and Stewardship (0) Geopolitics (0) Circumpolar diplomacy and Indigenous rights (6) Climate Change, Science and Knowledge (2)...

March 8, 2019


Prime Minster apology for events leading to Tuberculosis crisis

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today apologized on behalf of the Government of Canada to Inuit for its actions during the tuberculosis epidemic from the 1940s to the 1960s. During this period, thousands of Inuit were sent away from their communities for tuberculosis treatment in southern Canada, where they were cut off from their language, their...

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...

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...

January 11, 2019


Canada apology for forced relocation of Ahiarmiut Inuit

Nunatsiaq News – Last summer the Ahiarmiut won a settlement from the federal government worth about $5M as a result of protracted negotiations that followed a lawsuit they had filed in 2008. The upcoming apology on January 22, 2021 is part of that settlement. In their lawsuit, the Ahiarmiut said the Canadian government, with the...

January 7, 2019


Official Apology

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....

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....

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....

September 24, 2018


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...

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...

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...

July 12, 2018


NunatuKavut: Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and Todd Russell, President of the NunatuKavut Community Council, announced the start of discussions on recognition of Indigenous rights and self-determination. Discussions will be community-driven, could cover many different issues, and involve ongoing engagement with NunatuKavut members. The goal is to obtain greater...

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...

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....

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. reconciliation is a fundamental purpose of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. the honour of the Crown guides the conduct of...

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...

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...

March 27, 2018


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...

March 19, 2018


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...

February 15, 2018


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...

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...

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...

November 24, 2017


Nunatsiavut: Prime Minister Trudeau’s Residential School apology

Prime Minister Trudeau apologized to survivors of indigenous people who went to residential schools after 1949 – when the province joined Confederation. Provincial Government will undertake its own apology to residential school survivors in consultation with the survivors of the former residential school system and the leaders of Indigenous Governments and Organizations in Newfoundland and...

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


Mandate Letters

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...

July 25, 2017


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...

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...

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. https://www.eia.gov.nt.ca/sites/eia/files/an_update_to_meeting_the_challenge_of_reconciliation_the_gnwts_response_to_the_trcs_calls_to_action.pdf...

February 22, 2017


Government Re-structuring

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...

February 9, 2017


Inuit Nunangat Declaration on Inuit-Crown Partnership

Federal Government and Inuit Tapariit Kanatami signed the Inuit Nunangat Declaration, a bilateral agreement committed to take action on shared priorities: Recognizing full and fair implementation of the obligations and objectives of Inuit land claims agreements as foundational for creating prosperity among Inuit which benefits all Canadians; Recognizing also the disproportionate socio-economic and cultural inequity...

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...

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 10, 2016


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)....

May 30, 2016


Official Apology

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

May 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...

May 30, 2016


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...

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...

December 15, 2015


Release of TRC Final Report

Release of the TRC Final report https://nctr.ca/reports2.php...

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...

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...

December 15, 2015


Response to TRC Final Report

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

December 15, 2015


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...

December 15, 2015


Release of TRC Final Report

Commit to a “renewed” (i.e. Nation-to-Nation) relationship with First Nations, Métis and Inuit. http://www.trc.ca/assets/pdf/Honouring_the_Truth_Reconciling_for_the_Future_July_23_2015.pdf...

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. https://www.eia.gov.nt.ca/sites/eia/files/gnwt_response_to_trc_calls_to_action.pdf...

July 31, 2015


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


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...

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...

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 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...

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 5, 2015


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


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 3, 2015


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


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”...

June 2, 2015


Release of TRC Summary Report

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

June 2, 2015


TRC Summary Report

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. http://www.trc.ca/assets/pdf/Honouring_the_Truth_Reconciling_for_the_Future_July_23_2015.pdf...

April 1, 2014


The Qikiqtani Truth Commission

The Qikiqtani Truth Commission is the first Inuit-sponsored and Inuit-led initiative of its kind. It is also a rare example of a comprehensive social justice inquiry led by an Aboriginal organization. The Final report of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission “Achieving Saimaqatigiingniq” listed 25 recommendations under 4 themes to initiate an Inuit Truth and Reconciliation process....

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...

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...

March 8, 2013


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...

June 12, 2008


Offical Apology

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 https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100015644/1100100015649...

June 11, 2008


PM Harper Apology

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

February 25, 1993


Treaty Days

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

February 25, 1986


Nunatsiavut: Launch of Innu Nation of Labrador land claim process

The Inuit in Nunatsiavut (Newfoundland and Labrador) formally entered the land claim process in 1977 by filing a statement of claim. It took over a decade of additional work with anthropologists and ethnographers to verify Innu land use and occupancy studies to establish land claim boundaries before Canada indicated that it was were prepared to...