Look Deeper

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  • The TRC’s 2015 Final Summary Report
  • See Podcasts by Honourable Murry Sinclair under Indigenous Insights

Reconciliation Approaches

Useful ways of acting and approaching projects

Addressing racism (responding, guiding learning, leading change)

Under construction

In Greater Detail

…by alphabetical subject matter

Education

Call 47 – education to public servants

We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills- based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism. Short Report | Full Report

Justice

Podcast—Is it time to reinvent Canada’s criminal justice system? – CBC.ca Jun 18, 2017 — Canada’s justice system got a swift kick in the pants this week from both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Senate. The verdict from those venerable institutions is that the justice system is very slow, backlogged and has become a system of injustice….

2017 Supreme court Jordan Ruling says court must deal with cases within 18 months (higher courts, 30 months) – Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould called the Jordan ruling a “call to action” and said the government is answering with ongoing initiatives and legal reforms.

Long Delays in our legal system: Read the legal decision 2016 R. vs Jordan (Supreme Court Judgement) here

Land

In Canada, reservation lands set aside by the federal government are small. For example, all First Nations reserves in Canada together are not as large as a single Navajo Reserve in southern USA. [Note: INAC website states “The fulfilment of TLE agreements assists in building partnerships and encourages economic development on reserves and in surrounding communities.”

For an update on Treaty Land Entitlement in Saskatchewan, see here. 

Mental Health/Suicide

  • On November 23, 2017, in a public discussion in Regina, singer Tanya Tagaq explained that in Nunavut, abuse, violence, and suicide are so common that it touches every person almost daily. People do not have time to grieve and recover from one event before the next occurs. The tone of the whole community is affected and all relationships are coloured by tragic events.
  • The Conference Board of Canada reports that in 2011, “Nunavut … [has an] average suicide rate that is three times higher than the worst-ranked peer country, Japan, and six times higher than the Canadian average. [Note: Sask. and NWT are close to tied for second worst] Link
  • Statistics Canada (2012) The Social Determinants of Higher Mental Distress among Inuit
  • Statistics Canada (2012) Health at a Glance, Suicide Rates: An Overview (This seems to be the most current available from Statistics Canada in 2018. ).
  • Health Canada (2013). National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS) Program Framework