Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)

Reconciliation Calls to Action


Marie Wilson and Wilton Littlechild greet Mary Simon – Alberta National event 

Reconciliation Calls to Action (# 43 – 94) represent those Calls to Action that in the words of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report released in December, 2015 states:

In 1996, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (rcap) put forward a bold and comprehensive vision of reconciliation. The RCAP report observed that if Canada was to thrive in the future, the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown must be transformed. The report concluded that the policy of assimilation was a complete failure and that Canada must look to the historical Treaty relationship to establish a new relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, based on the principles of mutual recognition, mutual respect, sharing, and mutual responsibility.

The Royal Commission emphasized that Aboriginal peoples’ right to self-determination is essential to a robust upholding of Canada’s constitutional obligations to Aboriginal peoples and compliance with international human rights law. In other words, the rcap report saw reconciliation as placing a heavy onus on the Government of Canada to change its conduct and to see the validity of the Aboriginal perspective of how the relationship should be in the future.

In the years following the release of the rcap report, developing a national vision of reconciliation has proved to be challenging. In principle, Aboriginal peoples, governments, and the courts agree that reconciliation is needed. In practice, it has been difficult to create the conditions for reconciliation to flourish.

The TRC considers “reconciliation” to be an ongoing process of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships at all levels of Canadian society. The Commission therefore believes that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the appropriate framework for reconciliation in twenty-first-century Canada. Studying the Declaration with a view to identifying its impacts on current government laws, policy, and behaviour would enable Canada to develop a holistic vision of reconciliation that embraces all aspects of the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians, and to set the standard for international achievement in its circle of hesitating nations.

Aboriginal peoples’ right to self-determination must be integrated into Canada’s constitutional and legal framework and civic institutions, in a manner consistent with the principles, norms, and standards of the Declaration. Aboriginal peoples in Canada have Aboriginal and Treaty rights. They have the right to access and revitalize their own laws and governance systems within their own communities and in their dealings with governments. They have a right to protect and revitalize their cultures, languages, and ways of life. They have the right to reparations for historical harms.


9/45 CTAs have been completed to date




43

Fully adopt and implement UNDRIP as the framework for reconcilation

In Progress

44

Develop national action plan and strategies to achieve UNDRIP goals

In Progress

45

Government of Canada to develop with Indigenous peoples a Royal Proclamation of Reconciliation

Not Started

46

Parties to Settlement Agreement to develop and sign a Covenant of Reconciliation to advance reconciliation

Not Started

47

All levels of government to repudiate Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius

Not Started

48

Church Parties to Settlement Agreement to adopt and comply with principles of UNDRIP

In Progress

49

Church Parties to Settlement Agreement and Faith groups to repudiate Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius

Complete

53

Enact legislation to establish a National Council for Reconciliation

In Progress

54

Provide multi-year funding to sustain National Council of Reconciliation

In Progress

55

Provide Annual Reports on progress towards Reconciliation

In Progress

56

Prime Minister to deliver a State of Aboriginal People’s report

In Progress

57

Provide education to civil servants on Indigenous issues, history and treaties

In Progress

58

Apology from the pope to Catholic Church residential school survivors

Stalled

59

Develop ongoing education strategies teach impacts of colonization

Complete

60

Develop and teach curriculum on Aboriginal spirituality, history and culture

In Progress

61

Allocate permanent funding for healing, language and reconciliation projects

In Progress

66

Federal Government to provide multi-year funding for community-based youth programs

In Progress

67

Provide funding for national review of museum policies and best practices

In Progress

68

Establish a reconciliation funding program to commemorate Canada 150

Complete

69

Fully adopt and implement UNDRIP, ensure access to records, add resources

In Progress

70

Provide funding for national review of archival policies and best practices

Complete

71

Deliver residential school death records to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Stalled

72

Develop a National Residential School Death Register

In Progress

73

Establish an online registry of residential school cemeteries

In Progress

74

Inform families of child’s burial location, determine commemoration ceremonies and reburial

In Progress

75

Identify, protect, maintain and commemorate residential school cemeteries

In Progress

76

Commit to Indigenous principles and protocols for residential school cemeteries

In Progress

77

All archives to collaborate with NCTR on collection of all records

Stalled

78

$10M funding for NCTR and $10M for communities for reconciliation

Stalled

79

Develop reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration

In Progress

80

Establish a statutory holiday “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”

Complete

81

Commission and install a Residential School National Monument in Ottawa

In Progress

82

Commission and install a Residential school monument in each capital city

In Progress

83

Establish strategies for funding Indigenous reconciliation projects

Complete

84

Restore and increase funding for the CBC to support reconciliation

Complete

85

Aboriginal Peoples TV network to continue supporting reconciliation

Complete

86

Journalism and media schools to offer education programs in Indigenous history, UNDRIP and issues

In Progress

87

Provide public education to tell national stories of Indigenous athletes

Stalled

88

Ensure long-term Indigenous athlete development and support for North American Indigenous Games

In Progress

89

Amend Physical Activity and Sport Act to ensure Indigenous inclusivity

Not Started

90

Ensure national sports policies and programs and initiatives are inclusive

In Progress

91

Ensure Indigenous territorial protocols are respected for International sporting events

In Progress

92

Corporate sector to adopt UNDRIP as a reconciliation framework and apply to policy and operations

Stalled

93

Revise information kit for citizenship test with Indigenous content

Stalled

94

Replace the Oath of Citizenship with a new oat with Indigenous content

Complete