Current Reality

The interim Board appointed by Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada on December 14, 2017 submitted their Final Report on June 12, 2018 with their advice and recommendations on the National Council for Reconciliation and the related endowment fund, fulfilling their six-month mandate.

The federal government announced one-time funding of $127M for the 2020-2021 budget year to establish the National Council for Reconciliation.

Calls to Action

Call to Action # 53Enact legislation to establish a National Council
Call to Action # 54Provide multi-year funding to sustain a National Council
Call to Action # 55Annual reports on progress towards Reconciliation
Call to Action # 56Prime Minister ‘s State of Aboriginal People’s report

Current and Ongoing Problems

Lack of updates from the Federal Government on what’s happening to establish the National Council

Since the Interim Board submitted their Final Report to Minister of Crown -Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett with detailed recommendations on June 12, 2018 there has been only two updates:

  1. Sept. 5, 2019 – One of the updates included in the government’s response on the official “Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action” website. “The Government “will take into consideration the advice and recommendations provided in the final report during the decision-making process”
  2. April 11, 2019 – Budget 2019 announced a budget allocation of $126.5 for the fiscal year 2020-2021 to provide operating capital to the National Council. The budget allocation is far less than the $1B recommended by the Interim Board in their Final Report for a National Reconciliation Endowment Fund.