Government Commitments

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

2019 Speech from the Throne

December 5, 2019

AFN – “This is the first Throne Speech to include a section on ‘Reconciliation’:

  • take action to co-develop and introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the first year of the new mandate;
  • continue the work of eliminating all long-term drinking water advisories on reserve by 2021, and ensure safe drinking water in First Nations communities;
  • co-develop new legislation to ensure that Indigenous people have access to high-quality, culturally relevant health care and mental health services;
  • continue work to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples;
  • work with Indigenous communities to close the infrastructure gap by 2030;
  • continue to move forward together to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are in control of their own destiny and making decisions about their communities;
  • take new steps to ensure the Government is living up to the spirit and intent of treaties, agreements, and other constructive arrangements made with Indigenous Peoples;
  • ensure that Indigenous people who were harmed under the discriminatory child welfare system are compensated in a way that is both fair and timely; and
  • continue to invest in Indigenous priorities, in collaboration with Indigenous partners.