Current Reality

Nov. 16, 2020: Canadian Press – Stephanie Scott, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, speaking to the House of Commons heritage committee stated “Ottawa and provincial and territorial governments must build monuments in capital cities across Canada to honour residential-school survivors and their families.”

Almost 6 years after the TRC issued their 94 Calls to Action, Call to Action # 81 “Commission and install a Residential Schools National Monument in Ottawa” has still not started. For Call to Action # 82 “Commission and install a Residential School Monument in each capital city”, only Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Regina have initiated any plans or made any commitments.

Calls to Action

Call to Action # 79Reconciliation framework for Canadian Heritage
Call to Action # 80Establish “National Day for Truth & Reconciliation”
Call to Action # 81Residential School National Monument in Ottawa
Call to Action # 82Residential School monument in each capital city
Call to Action # 83Canada Council for the Arts and Reconciliation

Current and Ongoing Problems

Conservative Party for failing to support Bill C-369 that would have created a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Conservative Senators scuttled passage of Bill C-369 ““An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)”.  The senators engaged in continuous stalling tactics to prevent debate on any private member’s bills so Bill C-369 died on the order paper when parliament dissolved for the summer – coincidentally on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

23 of the unelected 105 Senators are Conservative. Therefor, 22% of the unelected senators overruled 211 elected members representing 71% of the House of Commons who voted yes from all the other parties.

The Conservative Party of Canada voted unanimously in the House of Commons against Bill C-369. The final vote:

Yes = 211 (Liberal, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, Green, Independents, CCF)
No = 87 (All Conservative – 86), People’s Party – 1)
Paired = 6 (Liberal – 3), Conservative – 2), NDP – 1)
Bill C-369 would have established Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is the third Indigenous related bill scuttled by the Conservatives in the Senate – along with Bill C-262 – UNDRIP and Bill C-99 New Citizenship Oath – with support from their colleagues in the House of Commons. 
Potential Solution
Reintroduce Bill C-369 in the new session beginning in the fall.

Government of Ontario for eliminating the Indigenous Culture Fund in its entirety

Dec, 15, 2018 – Eliminating the annual $5M Indigenous Culture Fund in its entirety
Four Indigenous women who administer the ICF have also been laid off, effectively suspending activity within the program. (NOW). This represents a step backward from Reconciliation.
Potential Solution
Restore even some funding to the program that provided services to the province with the largest Indigenous population.

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