Background Content

Urban Commitments to Reconciliation

Rountable Themes

February 23, 2022

It was recommended that INAC respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by funding programs to help address the social determinants of health for Indigenous peoples living off reserve and that ensure that equitable services are provided for all off-reserve Indigenous populations. It was widely recognized that over 60% of the Indigenous population now lives in urban centres. This population is diverse and transient.

Overarching Themes:

  • Racism and discrimination
  • Local programs and services
  • Transitional support
  • Culture and language
  • Daycare and childcare
  • Family support
  • Youth programs
  • Elder and seniors programming
  • Educational supports
  • Employment supports
  • Building infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Mental health and addiction services
  • Health care
  • Justice and legal support
  • Design and delivery
  • Access to core and multi-year funding
  • Inclusive without losing specificity
  • A northern urban strategy
  • Inuit specific programming
  • Friendship centres
  • An Indigenous service hub
  • Knowledge and research
  • Indigenous leadership
  • Success stories
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Friendship Centres

The following link provides details on “what was head” in rountable discussion held in the various cities across the country.