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Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

AFN/Canada MOU on Joint Principles

June 12, 2017

AFN – Canada Priorities:

Priority Response

  • Policing and community safety issues affecting First Nations; See “Justice Call to Action # 42 “Aboriginal Justice Systems”
  • Co-development of an Indigenous Languages Act to support the preservation, revitalization and strengthening of Indigenous Languages; Language and Culture. See Call to Action # 14: Aboriginal Languages Act
  • Work in partnership on measures to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including co-development of a national action plan and discussion of proposals for a federal legislative framework on implementation Canadian Governments and UNDRIP. See Call to Action # 43 and # 44
  • Implementation of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; See Official Government updates to each of the Calls to Action throughout Indigenous Watchdog
  • Ongoing work to develop options for consideration by Chiefs-in-Assembly and federal decision-makers for a new fiscal relationship to ensure sufficient, predictable and sustained funding for First Nations governments; See Commitment to Reconciliation: Financial Commitments to Reconciliation
  • Work jointly to decolonize and align federal laws and policies with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and First Nations’ inherent and Treaty rights; See Justice Call to Action # 45 Royal Proclamation and Covenant of Reconciliation
  • Dialogue and planning to identify priorities and measure progress to close the socio-economic gap between First Nations and other Canadians with a focus on First Nations education, First Nations child welfare, First Nations housing, water and infrastructure, and First Nations emergency management; See respective Calls to Action sections for Education, Child Welfare and “Other Issues” on Drinking Water Advisories, Housing
  • Priorities for a joint policy review including the Comprehensive Claims Policy, Inherent Right Policy, Additions-to-Reserve Policy and Specific Claims Policy; See “Other Issues – Treaties an dLand Claims”
  • Bill C-68: An Act to Amend the Fisheries Act See Business and Reconciliation: See Call to Action # 90
  • Bill C-69: An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts See “Other Issues- The Environment
  • Cannabis Legislation See Business and Reconciliation: See Call to Action # 90