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Call to Action # 55: National Council for Reconciliation (53-56)

Reconciliation Barometer: Finał Report

February 15, 2022

Feb. 15, 2022: The first report from the Canadian Reconciliation Barometer, which measures progress toward Reconciliation, has been released. Highlighting gaps in understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada and comparing progress across sectors of society, the findings can inform public policy.

The report was developed by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers who polled 3,225 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on 13 indicators of Reconciliation, with several statements for each indicator.

Some main indicators: 

  • Good understanding of the past and present; 
  • Acknowledgement of ongoing harm; 
  • Respectful relationships; 
  • Personal equality; and 
  • Systemic equality.

Main takeaways from the report:

  • Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous respondents believed they have a good understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ past and present experiences, but there was a knowledge gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in this understanding.
  • Generally, Indigenous people did not think that we have built true nation-to-nation relationships (honoring Indigenous nations’ rights and Indigenous nations’ decisions) between Indigenous nations and the governments in Canada.
  • Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people acknowledged that Indigenous and non-Indigenous people do not have equal personal outcomes. Of all the indicators, respondents saw the least progress in the area of equality.
  • Indigenous respondents did not think Indigenous cultures were thriving, whereas non-Indigenous respondents somewhat believed they were.
  • Indigenous respondents also did not believe groups who have harmed Indigenous Peoples have showed remorse, provided sincere apologies, or accepted responsibility.

Some good news is that respondents are beginning to understand and acknowledge how past harms continue to impact Indigenous Peoples today. Indigenous peoples also reported being engaged in their communities and proud of their identities. “Everyone agrees that much room for progress remains and there is a gap in perceptions across groups.” By tracking progress over time, the Canadian Reconciliation Barometer can be one mechanism to increase transparency and accountability so that those who come after us enjoy good and just relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.