Government Commitments

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

Open Letter to PM Trudeau

August 21, 2018

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 of the process to create the framework. Paul Chartrand, a former commissioner from the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, said it appears Ottawa is still operating under the idea that the ability for an Indigenous nation to self-govern flows from federal authority. “Section 35 is a political consensus in Canada that the rights of Aboriginal peoples are affirmed and recognized, that includes the affirmation or recognition of the inherent authority of Aboriginal people to govern themselves,” said Chartrand, who is Mé​t​is and a retired law professor.