#FirstNations; #ResidentialSchools; #CanadianHeritage; #TruthAndReconciliation
Ottawa, Sep 30 (Canadian-Media): Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced Sep 30 support for 200 projects which aim to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools.
Residential schools. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Committed to reconciliation and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten, the government is continuing its work towards the implementation of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
A legislation to establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Call to Action #80) was introduced Sep 29 by the government of Canada and is committed to implementing Call to Action #81, which calls for the installation of a Residential Schools National Monument in the City of Ottawa.
With an aim to provide an opportunity to Canadian youth to learn first-hand from residential school survivors, elders, knowledge keepers, artists and leaders from nations and cultures across the country, a national virtual gathering is being hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation for students across the country to coincide with Orange Shirt Day on September 30.
#Ottawa, #Canada; #COVID19Pandemic; #FirstNations; #BoilWaterWarning
Ottawa, Sep 29 (Canadian-Media): Some of the Liberal government's key deadlines of its reconciliation agenda including a promise to end all long-term boil-water advisories on First Nations by next March have been jeopardized due to COVID-19 pandemic, media reports said.
First Nations Boiling water watch. Image credit: Unsplash
The most common boil water advisory for First Nations communities being advised to use boiled water for at least one minute before drinking, brushing their teeth, or cooking and that they shouldn’t use tap water to bathe infants, toddlers, or the elderly.
Last week's throne speech did not mention of the 2021 deadline of the long-term boil-water advisories on First Nations, which was clearly stated in the previous throne speech in 2019, which raises questions if the Liberals, hard-hit with COVID-19, would be able to comply with March 2021 target date they set during the 2015 election.
In addition to the federal government of Canada's concern of short construction season for communities that rely on ice road transport for heavy equipment and resupply, some communities have resorted to refuse outside contractors in their communities to protect themselves from COVID-19, which can likely push construction deadlines back even further.
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller told CBC News Sep 28 that despite the challenges, he is hoping that the spring 2021 target would be met by the government by spending more funds this fall to make it happen.
"That deadline is very much one that we are working aggressively to meet," Miller said. "This isn't a question of funds, this is a question of planning."
Cathy McLeod, the Conservative critic for Crown-Indigenous relations, however, was skeptical, and said, "All of a sudden, they've taken out time frames — it's a real problem. "I can understand the disappointment of communities, of Indigenous communities across this country," reported by CBC News.
#Gatineu; #Quebec; #IndigenousLanguageAct; #IndigenousLanguageSymposium; #VirtualConsultations
Gatineau (Quebec), Sep 28 (Canadian-Media): Steven Guilbeault, Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced Sep 28 that the Government of Canada is taking essential steps to advance the implementation of the Indigenous Language Act (ILA) -- developed in consultation with Indigenous Peoples and received Royal Assent June 21, 2019 -- by hosting close to 40 virtual consultations directly with Indigenous people using video conferencing and teleconferencing technology.
Steven Guilbeault. Image credit: Facebook page
These virtual consultations would discuss the appointment of a Commissioner of Indigenous Languages (CIL) and up to three directors who will form the Office of CIL, and to seek input on the use of the Indigenous Language funding model to best meet the needs of First Nations for the reclamation, revitalization, maintenance, and strengthening of Indigenous languages.
In the spirit of reconciliation, the selection committee will also include First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation representatives.
The availability of an online questionnaire would ensure the minister hears from all interested parties, including Indigenous elders, youth, persons with disabilities, women, men, two-spirit, and LGBTQ persons.
In early 2021, a virtual IL Symposium would be hosted by the government of Canada to bring together a wide range of national and international experts to share their knowledge and best practices on the revitalization of Indigenous languages.
2019 budget announced an investment of $333.7 million over five years, starting in 2019-2020, with $115.7 million ongoing, to support the implementation of the act.