Communities Reconciling

Reconciliation Icons LegendIn June 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released 94 Calls to Action, resulting from the six years of hearings and testimony organized by the TRC. Many of the actions identified by the TRC are directed at, or can be undertaken by, local governments.

Local Pathways to Reconciliation

Communities Called into Action

Local Pathways to Reconciliation 
Call to Action Place to Start Communal Action

Local governments across the country are responding to the call of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The following chart provides examples of ways to move forward on the reconciliation journey at the local level.

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Organization Initiative Project Types
District of
100 Mile House
Participated in and contributed to Remembering, Recovering, and Reconciling – St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School Commemorative Project. Commemoration
Alberni-Clayoquot
Regional District
Encouraged its members to declare a Year of Reconciliation, and undertake further actions to inform themselves and raise awareness about reconciliation and the impact of Indian residential schools within the region. Dedicated a section of its website to reconciliation information and activities. Invited Dr. Robert Joseph, from Reconciliation Canada, to meet with local leaders and senior staff.

Awareness


Regular meetings

City of Calgary Declared a Year of Reconciliation and endorsed the TRC’s Calls to Action.

Awareness


Endorsement

Cariboo
Regional District
Participated in and contributed to Remembering, Recovering, and Reconciling – St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School Commemorative Project. Commemoration 
City of Edmonton Endorsed the TRC Summary Report, and declared a Year of Reconciliation. Endorsed the Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Accord principle-based relationship agreement between Aboriginal communities and City of Edmonton, implementing commitments from the "Strengthening Relationships between the City of Edmonton and Urban Aboriginal People" declaration of Edmonton City Council.

Endorsement


Declaration


Agreement

Esket'emc
First Nation
Participated in and contributed to Remembering, Recovering, and Reconciling – St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School Commemorative Project. Commemoration 
Federation of
Canadian
Municipalities
FCM's Big City Mayors' Caucus released a Statement of Reconciliation. Statement
Metro Vancouver Endorsed TRC Summary Report. Considering further actions to support awareness raising, cultural competency training, and strengthening relationships with First Nations. Endorsement
City of
North Vancouver
Suppported the building of the We Are Still Here Monument. Commemoration
City of Penticton Signed agreement with Penticton Indian Band to collaborate on tourism and economic development. Agreement
Penticton Indian Band Signed agreement with City of Penticton to collaborate on tourism and economic development. Agreement
District of
Port Hardy
Endorsed the TRC Final Report and UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Endorsement
City of
Prince George
Renamed and recognized Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park and Lheidli T'enneh burial ground. Developed a reconciliation framework, informed by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the TRC recommendations, and the Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination. Undertook Indigenous cultural competency training.

Commemoration


Framework

City of Quesnel Participated in and contributed to Remembering, Recovering, and Reconciling – St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School Commemorative Project. Commemoration
City of Saskatoon Year of Reconciliation. Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training for all city employees and Saskatoon Police Service. Implemented programs such as Profile Saskatoon Grant and Urban Aboriginal Leadership Program (with partners). Produced Reconciliation Saskatoon, a month-long schedule of reconciliation events.

Declaration


Awareness


Program


Grant funding

City of Surrey Published "All Our Relations" report, illuminating facets of the urban Aboriginal population in Surrey. Awareness
City of Toronto Year of Reconciliation, and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Declaration
City of Vancouver Declared "Year of Reconciliation" and implemented a reconciliation framework to build cultural competency, strengthen relations and refine decision-making within the City’s service provision; as well as strengthen relationships with Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and urban Aboriginal communities.

Declaration


Framework

Vancouver
Park Board
Implemented a reconciliation framework of 11 recommendations in response to TRC Calls to Action. Framework
City of Victoria "2017: A Year of Reconciliation" is the theme of Victoria's celebrations of Canada’s 150th year. Commemoration projects around the city honour Lekwungen, Esquimalt and Songhees People. Hold regular meetings with City Council, Esquimalt and Songhees Chiefs and Councils. Public meetings and city proclamations recognize traditional territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt People.

Commemoration


Regular meetings


Recognition

District of Wells Participated in and contributed to Remembering, Recovering, and Reconciling – St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School Commemorative Project. Commemoration
City of
Williams Lake
Participated in and contributed to Remembering, Recovering, and Reconciling – St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School Commemorative Project. Commemoration
City of Winnipeg Year of Reconciliation, with associated actions such as implementation of TRC recommendations and development of an Urban Aboriginal Accord. Declaration

Communities Called into Action Call to Action Place to Start Individual Action Communal Action

Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson, from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), presented to the plenary at the 2015 UBCM Annual Convention [PDF - 3.4 MB]. She welcomed local governments to the beginning of the reconciliation journey for their own communities. Dr. Wilson reminded the assembly that this is only the beginning of the reconciliation journey, and challenged local governments to advance the process of reconciliation in their own communities.

Legacy Call to Action Place to Start Individual Action Communal Action

Dr. Wilson identified four Calls to Action that acknowledge the legacy of experiences of Indian Residential Schools. These Calls to Action propose responses that aim to mitigate the negative effects of this legacy upon Indigenous people in Canada.

No. Scope Action
17 Language & Culture Enable affordable reclaiming of personal names.
23 Health Increase number and retention of Aboriginal health professionals.
Mandate and provide cultural competency training for all care providers.
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Justice Create and evaluate Aboriginal-specific victim programs and services.
Undertake a public inquiry into disproportionate victimization of Aboriginal women and girls, including missing and murdered, considered in the context of the intergenerational legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

Reconciliation Call to Action Place to Start Individual Action Communal Action

Dr. Wilson also identified twelve Calls to Action that seek to move towards reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people in all aspects of life, government, and business in Canada.

No. Scope Action
47 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as a framework for ongoing reconciliation.
47 Doctrine of Discovery Repudiate and reform policies or bylaws that rely on concepts of European sovereignty.
55 National Council for Reconciliation Monitor and report progress on “the legacy gaps” by collecting and evaluating relevant data annually from all orders of government.
57 Professional Development Educate public servants regarding residential schools, UNDRIP, treaties, anti-racism, intercultural competency, and human rights.
64 Education Require publically funded denominational schools to teach comparative religious studies, including Aboriginal spiritual beliefs.
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Missing Children, Commemoration, Monuments Collaborate to identify, maintain, honour and commemorate gravesites of missing residential school children; support the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; and install in capital cities visible monuments in memory of the experiences and legacy of Indian Residential Schools.
77 National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation Gather, preserve, and provide access to archival records that reflect experiences and legacy of Indian Residential Schools.
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91
Indigenous Sports Educate the public regarding athletic history and champions; support Indigenous athletic development and competitions; respect Indigenous territorial protocols and involvement of Indigenous communities in event planning and participation.
92 Business & Reconciliation Adopt and apply UNDRIP to policy and land considerations; commit to relationship-building and consultation, and informed consent on development projects; ensure equitable access to jobs, training, and professional development.

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