Language and Culture

Call to Action # 13
Acknowledge Indigenous Rights include Indigenous Language Rights
The “Indigenous Languages Act” states “The Government of Canada recognizes that the rights of Indigenous peoples recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 include rights related to Indigenous languages.”
Call to Action # 15
Appoint an Indigenous Language Commissioner
June 14, 2021 – Announcement of the first appointees to the new Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages 

Settlement Agreement Parties and UNDRIP

Call to Action # 49
Repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius
The Settlement Parties – United Church, Anglican Church, Catholic Church and Presbyterian Church – have all repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius. A number of other church organizations have made commitments to Reconciliation as well.

Church Apologies and Reconciliation

Call to Action # 59
Develop ongoing education strategies to teach impacts of colonization
Each of the church parties to the Settlement Agreement have made commitments to ongoing education activities within their respective congregations and institutions.

Museums and Archives

Call to Action # 68
Establish a reconciliation funding program to commemorate Canada 150
The government did not establish dedicated funding for Indigenous groups but allocated a percentage of over-all spending to indigenous projects. As noted on the government website, “The Canada 150 fund of $200M is now closed”.


Call to Action # 80
June 10, 2021 – Establish a Statutory Holiday, “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” to honour survivors, their families and communities and the history and legacy of residential schools and Aboriginal contributions to Canada’s history
Call to Action # 83
Establish strategies for funding Indigenous reconciliation projects
No funding commitments beyond March 31, 2017. The Canada Council for the Arts Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021 is structured around four key commitments including Indigenous: Creating, Knowing and Sharing that acknowledges the cultural sovereignty of Indigenous peoples and respects the concepts of First Nations, Inuit and Métis self-determination.

Media and Reconciliation

Call to Action # 84
Increase funding for the CBC to support Reconciliation
Federal Government reinvested $675M in Budget 2016 over 5 years to expand Indigenous programming
Call to Action # 85
Aboriginal Peoples Television network to continue supporting reconciliation
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s Mission is “sharing People’s journey, celebrating our cultures, inspiring our children and humouring the wisdom of our Elders”.

Newcomers to Canada

Call to Action # 94
Replace the Oath of Citizenship with a new oath with Indigenous content
June 21, 2021 – Bill C-8 “An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s call to action number 94)” passed Third Reading in the Senate on June 10, 2021 and received Royal Assent on June 21, 2021 and became law
Status: “Complete”#Which specific Calls to Action are complete?
Legacy C2A2:13, 15
Reconciliation C2A8:49, 59, 68, 80, 83, 84, 85, 94