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.
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 do the work. As a non-Indigenous organization that works in cities, we recognize that addressing these issues through this listening and collaborative work is essential.
In 2021, all municipalities in British Columbia will receive a survey to report their progress against the 14 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report that relate to local government.
In early 2022, all municipalities will receive a survey to report their progress against the Calls to Justice from the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Justice related to local government.
The findings will be reported back to all municipalities and shared publicly.
For more resources, see "Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: A Holistic Approach" — a toolkit for Inclusive Municipalities from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.