TRC Calls to Action
What is the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is a component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools (IRS). The Commission documented the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the Indian Residential School experience. This includes First Nations, Inuit and Métis former Indian Residential School students, their families, communities, the Churches, former school employees, Government and other Canadians. View those reports here.
In June 2015, the Big City Mayors’ Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities recognized the significant work of the TRC. The Federation called upon municipalities to work toward implementation of five of the TRC’s Calls to Action relating to municipalities.
The City led a working group to review the recommendations in the context of activities already underway to support the implementation of the recommendations, as well as identify potential new activities to undertake as a city to accomplish the intent of the recommendations. For more information, please consult the report.
TRC Calls to Action Relating to Municipalities
The following are descriptions of the five TRC Calls to Action relating to municipalities.
TRC #43 - UNDRIP
“We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as the framework for reconciliation.”
TRC #47 - Doctrine
We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and lands, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, and to reform those laws, government policies, and litigation strategies that continue to rely on such concepts.
TRC #57 - Training
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.
TRC #75 - Cemeteries
We call upon the federal government to work with provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, churches, Aboriginal communities, former residential school students, and current landowners to develop and implement strategies and procedures for the ongoing identification, documentation, maintenance, Commemoration, and protection of residential school cemeteries or other sites at which residential school children were buried. This is to include the provision of appropriate memorial ceremonies and commemorative markers to honor the deceased children.
TRC #77 - Archives
We call upon provincial, territorial, municipal, and community archives to work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
Keep up-to-date on what the City is doing related to the TRC Calls to Action related to municipalities by visiting the Implementation of TRC Calls to Action page.