Why Indigenous Watchdog?

What has happened to the recommendations from all the previous Indigenous reports and commissions committed to over the last 57 years?

  • 1963 – The Hawthorne Report: Volumes 1 and 2?
  • 1969 – The White Paper/
  • 1971 – The Wahburg Report?
  • 1983 – The Penner Report?
  • 1996 – The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples?
  • 2005 – The Kelowna Accord in 2005?
  • 2012 – The Crown – First Nations Gathering?
  • 2014 – The Qikiqtani Truth Commission
  • 2015 – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Indigenous Watchdog is designed to ensure that the same thing doesn’t happen to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action? The TRC Final Report was released almost five years ago and as of Feb. 15, 2020, 42 of the Calls to Action are either “Stalled” or “Not Started”. That’s 45% of the 94 Calls to Action! That’s not a good indicator of how reconciliation is advancing.

That’s why Indigenous Watchdog!

Indigenous Watchdog tracks for each Call to Action who is accountable for what outcome? Are they progressing or not? And if not, why?

In 2004-5, all levels of government – federal, provincial, territorial and aboriginal – spent 18 months negotiating the $5.1 billion Kelowna Accord which, if implemented, had a 10-year target of improving health, education, and employment rates by 50 per cent, which included nearly $2 billion over the first five years for housing and safe drinking water.

In February, 2006 the first act of the The Stephen Harper government on assuming power was to cancel the Kelowna Accord that if fully implemented would have delivered significant improvement. Instead of the projected 50% improvements in Health, Education, and Employment rates etc., the Indigenous realty is now even worse. How much worse after 15 years? Read the “Current Reality” on the landing page of the Calls to Action themes (Legacy and Reconciliation) to see how much.

Beginning with the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty of Niagara, 1764 and for the ensuing 256 years, Canada’s First People’s (Fist Nations, Métis and Inuit) have witnessed an unending litany of broken promises, treaties and agreements negotiated in good faith – “Nation-to-Nation” – but that have been systematically broken over the years. Confederation institutionalized the relationship under The Indian Act in 1876 and the “Indian” problem has been a reality ever since despite numerous attempts to alter the status quo and “promises” to address and fix the systemic barriers.

Indigenous Watchdog is dedicated to monitoring and reporting on how reconciliation is advancing on the critical issues that are impacting the Indigenous world – including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Our mission is to raise awareness on Indigenous issues and help “Close the Gap” on socio-economic outcomes separating the indigenous world from the rest of Canada. By delivering substantive, quality information, Indigenous Watchdog will advance reconciliation with all stakeholder groups through a commitment to transparency, accuracy and most of all – independence.