We call upon the Prime Minister of Canada to formally respond to the report of the National Council for Reconciliation by issuing an annual “State of Aboriginal Peoples” report, which would outline the government’s plans for advancing the cause of reconciliation.

Indigenous Watchdog Status Updates

Current StatusAug. 17, 2020NOT STARTED
Previous StatusJune 15, 2020NOT STARTED

Why “Not Started”?

Interim Board appointed on Dec. 14, 2017 presented their Final Report to Minister Bennett on June 12, 2018. The federal government will determine formal communications process to deliver the “State of Aboriginal Peoples Report” after report is submitted.

Significant deletions on official federal government response website:

  • The Oct. 25, 2018 update deleted reference to “acting quickly to implement the recommendations, including the method in which it will report to parliament and all Canadians and the way in which government will be required to respond to these reports. The government instead indicates they will “take into consideration the advice and recommendations provided in the final report”.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

The interim board recommended that a formal reporting mechanism be set up in which the National Council for Reconciliation would prepare a report on the state of reconciliation in Canada. This report would be presented to Parliament. Consistent with Call to Action 56, the Prime Minister would formally respond to the national council’s report by issuing an annual State of Indigenous Peoples report, which would outline the Government of Canada’s plans for advancing the cause of reconciliation.

The Government of Canada is committed to establishing the National Council of Reconciliation and will take into consideration the advice and recommendations provided in the final report during the decision making process.