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The TRC Calls to Action in BC Municipalities

Progress, Barriers, and Opportunities to Accelerate Implementation

In the seven years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its final report, Indigenous communities have been calling on all levels of government to implement the Calls to Action. We are all responsible for contributing to truth-telling, reconciliation, and decolonization. 


Municipalities in particular—as the level of government closest to our day-to-day lives—have a unique role to play in implementing the Calls to Action.

With guidance from Indigenous leaders and organizations, Women Transforming Cities applied our experience and relationships with local governments in BC to understand:

  • What progress municipalities have made towards implementing 10 Calls to Action that are explicitly directed toward local governments

  • What barriers are slowing and stalling action

  • What local government leaders need in order to accelerate action

We heard from representatives in almost half of all municipalities in BC, ranging from villages of less than 400 people to cities of more than 650,000 and spanning every region of the province.

Tracking progress and identifying common challenges in implementing the Calls to Action provides an opportunity to find solutions to advance this crucial work more quickly. The goal of this research and report is to see these barriers addressed and empower more municipalities to make meaningful progress towards truth-telling and reconciliation.

Illustrations by Métis artist Sam Brunelle.

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“My challenge to you is to read the 94 Calls To Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and pick one that you can work on, that you understand, and that you support––and make it happen. This is not a spectator sport. We need you, to be able to bring reconciliation to a reality in this country." 
— Senator Mizanaya Gheezhik (Murray Sinclair), Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commision

In this report you will find...

  • A foreword from Ginger Gosnell-Myers and background on our methodology

  • Our findings, including a summary of the state of progress on the Calls to Action, four key barriers and municipal leaders' successes and challenges in their own words

  • Recommendations to the Province and local government organizations to accelerate implementation

  • Analysis of 10 Calls to Action for local governments, including a snapshot of progress, common challenges, how it relates to municipalities, and on the ground examples of implementation

  • Lessons learned for municipalities as they continue to advance the TRC Calls to Action

Actions you can take to support this work

Send this report to your mayor and council, and ask them what progress has been made in your community on implementation of the Calls to Action. Hold them accountable by asking for regular updates.


Share this report on social media to amplify the message that municipalities have an important role to play in accelerating the Calls to Action.


Amplify and support Indigenous organizations in your local community. Ask if specific Calls to Action are a priority for them.

Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors’ Society.

More on the TRC Calls to Action in BC Municipalities

Advancing the TRC Calls to Action

Image by Hansjörg Keller

TRC Resources for Local Governments

Image by Luca Bravo


WTC presented a clinic on how local governments can advance the Calls to Action alongside two municipal leaders at the UBCM convention. Read the event summary.

Municipalities identified a lack of education as a barrier slowing implementing the Calls to Action. We’ve compiled a list of training opportunities to address this challenge and get started on Call to Action #57.


We acknowledge the support of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation with funding provided by the government of Canada.

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This Project was funded in part by Heritage BC through the Heritage Legacy Fund.

About Women Transforming Cities

Women Transforming Cities (WTC) is a grassroots organization based in Vancouver, BC. WTC works to dismantle intersecting systems of oppression with equity-deserving genders and movements to transform where we live into places where everyone can belong, participate, and have social, economic and political equity. We seek to empower, center, and amplify the voices of those made most marginalized by the systems we are fighting to dismantle. 

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