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Truth and Reconciliation Commission

What is truth and reconciliation?
Truth and reconciliation is the process of healing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians and is a holistic response to the Indian Residential School legacy.

Truth and reconciliation acknowledges the injustices experienced by Indigenous people and addresses the need for healing. It is also a commitment to establishing new relationships based on mutual recognition and respect.

In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) published the Calls to Action report to foster healing with Indigenous communities in Canada. The report offers 94 recommendations to governments, educational institutions, religious organizations and other groups in Canada.

In December 2016, the Municipality developed the TRC steering Committee made up of members from the RMWB departments. The committee identified 14 of 94 Calls to action that the Municipality would have the jurisdiction and ability to implement or influence.

An additional 9 Calls were added in March 2019.

RMWB TRC Timeline
What’s been done?

Date

Action

November 2016

Letters of engagement were sent to all six First Nation Chiefs, six Métis leaders, one non-status group and the Nistawoyou Friendship Centre.

 

December 2016

A TRC Steering Committee made up of members from the RMWB departments was created to address the 94 Calls to Action.

January 2017

The RMWB held a session for the TRC Steering Committee on the historical context of TRC and the next steps identifying Calls to Action that the Municipality can influence.

February 2017

Council approved further engagement with Indigenous partners about TRC and the Calls to Action.

June 2017

The TRC Steering Committee identified 14 Calls to Action that the Municipality had the jurisdiction and ability to implement and/or influence. These were presented at a full day TRC symposium.

Rural and urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents attended, along with representation from Athabasca Tribal Council, Nistawoyou Friendship Centre, RMWB, Keyano College, and local social profit organizations.

January 2018

A Council meeting was held in the community of Fort McKay, the first held in a rural community in over 17 years.

February 2018

The 2018-2021 RMWB Strategic Plan was publicly released. Rural and Indigenous communities and partnerships were identified as a critical area of focus with four key strategic priorities:

  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Indigenous Consultation Policy
  • Advocacy for Indigenous Communities
  • Inclusion and Partnerships

July 2018

The TRC Steering Committee met for an update on current municipal initiatives.

March 2019

An additional 9 Calls to Action were added for a total of 23 calls that the Municipality can help influence or implement.

April-October 2019

A TRC report is currently in development. This report will detail our Municipality’s response to the identified Calls to Action. There are several phases in the process:

  • Collect data and input from 2017’s TRC symposium
  • Meet with our Indigenous partners for guidance and to ensure we include their perspectives and  ideas their perspectives and ideas.
  • Meet with residents of the RMWB
  • Review report and present to Council

 

Other RMWB Initiatives

  • TRC Workshop for RMWB Employees
  • RMWB 2018-2021 Strategic Plan Priorities
  • Partnerships for Commemoration and Awareness
  • TRC E-learning Module (Fall 2019)

What’s Next?
The Municipality is working with Infinity Research Services Ltd. to develop a report that addresses the identified 14 Calls to Action. We’re inviting local Indigenous groups to share their perspectives on how we can move forward together.  
We’ve sent letters to Indigenous groups through the Communications, Stakeholder, Indigenous and Rural Relations office. If you are an Indigenous group and would like to be involved in the process, please contact PULSE at 780-743-7000 or toll-free 1.800.973.9663.