The Top Menu provides your main navigation to the information consolidated in Indigenous Watchdog. It gives you immediate access to each of the Calls to Action under the Legacy Calls to Action and the Reconciliation Calls to Action pull down menus. If you’re interested in what is the current status of the Calls to Action, go to the Status Updates pull down menu that identifies which Calls to Action are:

  • Complete
  • Not Started
  • Stalled
  • Statius Updates for all 94 Calls to Action

The intent is to make the information as accessible as possible by making the navigation as easy and intuitive as possible. That’s why the top menu organizes the information into three main themes:

Calls to ActionExplanation
Legacy 5 core, foundational issues: Child Welfare, Education, Language and Culture, Health and Justice plus 2 from Reconciliation: Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System and Education for Reconciliation
Reconciliation15 other themes addressing a broad range of other issues
Status UpdatesA complete listing of all Calls to Action that have either Not Started, Stalled, Complete as well as In Progress

These are the main landing pages:


This is where you will find the latest blogs as well as access to the archived blogs as well. In addition, the blog on the left hand side of the page will always be there providing a brief status of where Indigenous Watchdog is in its evolution. Today is Phase 1: the launch of the Indigenous Watchdog blog. Phase 2 will be a searchable website with much greater functionality, searchability and a vastly expanded repository of data.

In addition, this blog page has links to some background information on each of the Indigenous groups: First Nations, Métis and Inuit: who are they, where is their traditional territory and who speaks for them?

Top Menu Landing PagesThe information is basically available via two main landing pages:


Why Indigenous Watchdog

Why Indigenous Watchdog?Explanation as to why an online platform is a necessary tool to monitor and track Indigenous issues
Who is behind Indigenous Watchdog”A brief overview of the who is behind Indigenous Watchdog

Legacy Calls to Action and Reconciliation Calls to Action

These two menu items have the same underlying structure and organizing principles in the way they present the underlying data:

Theme Landing Pages:

Each of themes – Legacy and Reconciliation – have their own landing page that provides brief background information on what their respective themes represent as well as a snapshot on how they are progressing;

They also contain embedded links to each of the “Themes” or issues that they address.

Theme Landing Pages

Each of the Theme Landing Pages consist of:

Current RealitySnapshot of the latest data view or data on that specific theme
Links to Calls to ActionEmbedded links that take to you to that specific Call to Action
Current Problems and Ongoing IssuesIdentifies specific actions within each identified theme that are getting in the way of reconciliation

Call to Action pages

Each of the 94 Calls to Action adhere to the same organizational structure:

Call to ActionAll the text for each specific Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Indigenous Watchdog StatusA current assessment of each Call to Action based on the supporting data as demonstrated through the federal government and/or stakeholder responses as well as other relevant data sources
“Why” An explanation as to “Why” a particular status has been assigned to a Call to Action: Complete, Not Started, Stalled, In Progress
Supporting DataRelevant data from multiple primary sources as identified through press releases (NationTalk, Canadian Press), major news organizations, government/institutions, association sources etc.