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 (TRC) Calls to Action include urgent actions that local governments must take to address Canada’s legacy of colonialism and its ongoing impact on Indigenous peoples within and near their municipality.


Women Transforming Cities conducted a year-long initiative to understand:


  • What progress has been made against these urgent calls to action in municipalities across British Columbia

  •  The barriers to actioning these calls

  •  How we can support municipalities to implement this work

All municipalities in British Columbia were invited to complete our TRC & Local Government Survey to report their progress on 10 of the Calls to Action that relate to local government.


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We have listened to the words of Indigenous 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, please reach out to clara@womentransformingcities.org.

For additional urgent actions that municipalities can take towards decolonization and addressing violence against women, see the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls and the recommendations from the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre’s Red Women Rising report.

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

We are currently seeking an Indigenous graphic designer or illustrator to add important key visual elements to our report. Please see the full proposal here

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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.

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.