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Truth Telling & Reconciliation in Local Government

Local governments of all sizes have an important role to play in truth telling, reconciliation and decolonization work. 

 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Justice include urgent actions that municipalities must take to advance reconciliation and decolonization.

 

Women Transforming Cities is conducting an initiative to understand what progress has been made against these urgent actions in municipalities across British Columbia, the barriers to actioning the calls, and how we can support municipalities to implement this work.

In 2021, all municipalities in British Columbia received a survey to report their progress against the 10 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report that relate to local government.

If you are an elected or staff member at a British Columbian municipality - you can complete the survey here.

 

The findings of this research will be reported back to all municipalities and shared publicly in the spring of 2022. To receive the research results and other educational tools that stem from this initiative, sign up for email alerts below.

Later in 2022, all municipalities will receive an additional survey to report their progress on the Calls to Justice from the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Justice related to local government.

 

We have listened to the words of First Nations leaders on what needs to be done to address the continued colonialism and violence in Canada, and are taking action to advance this work in cities. As a non-Indigenous organization, we recognize that addressing these issues through listening and collaborative work is essential.

If you have questions about this work or would like to complete the survey by phone, please reach out to clara@womentransformingcities.org.

For more resources, see "Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: A Holistic Approach" — a toolkit for Inclusive Municipalities from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Stay connected with progress on the Truth Telling & Reconciliation in Local Government project.

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This research is being conducted by volunteers in the WTC community. If you’d like to find out more about the project, or volunteer to support the work please reach out.