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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 (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 is conducting an 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 are invited to complete our TRC & Local Government Survey to report their progress on 10 of the Calls to Action that relate to local government.

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

 


Note on Anonymity: The data from the survey will only be shared publicly in aggregate. Your municipality will not be identified unless there are specific success stories that serve as positive case studies for other local governments.

The findings of this research will be shared with Indigenous groups, municipalities, and the public 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.

 

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 or would like to complete the survey by phone, 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.

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.