Progress on local reconciliation calls for ‘glacial speed’: report News Jani
Seven years after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report, progress is progressing at an “icy pace,” says a locally-run think tank.
The Yellowhead Institute at Toronto Metropolitan University said two of the report’s 94 calls have been completed this year – bringing the number of calls completed to 13 so far.
At this rate, it would take 42 years, or 2065, to complete all calls to action, the group says.
Eva Jewell and Ian Mosby, who edited the status update report released by the group this week, wrote: “We have been following calls-to-action for a number of years now and have been surprised at the rapid pace of Canada’s growth. are.”
The commission spent five years collecting testimonies from thousands of tribal people who were forced to attend church-run, government-sponsored institutions as children. She heard how children were separated from their families, robbed of their culture and subjected to emotional, sexual and physical abuse.
The final report and call to action were published in December 2015.
The Yellowhead Institute is tracking the progress of the calls, and its report includes insights from experts across the country.
“There is not enough movement to call for action and Canada is leaving survivors behind,” Mosby said in an interview.
There is also a lack of transparency when it comes to data on Canada’s response, Mosby added.
The calls to action completed this year focused on the Canadian Museums Association and the Canadian Association of Archivists, which made recommendations for policies and reconciliation frameworks to ensure compliance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Checked best practices.
Both calls to action are timely and necessary, the Yellowhead Institute said.
“Unfortunately, we are less optimistic about the progress on Call to Action 58, the papal apology,” the think tank’s report said.
Pope Francis apologized to survivors of Canada’s Alberta boarding schools in July, but the think tank said it was referring to the “spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children.” He was on the verge of not doing it.
As such, the report does not go far enough to complete the call-to-action policy.
The Yellowhead Institute also said federal legislation, passed unanimously in the House of Commons earlier this month and now before the Senate, could be an important step toward creating a national council on reconciliation.
But the think tank said there are concerns about the council’s design, which makes it paternalistic and understaffed.
The report found that 38 percent of calls to action on Dec. 1 were either “not started” or “stalled.”
Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, noted in the report that Canada had not completed any calls to action on behalf of children and said all Canadians should take a break.
“I’m also tired of hearing the government say, ‘We can’t expect change overnight’ when we’ve waited 157 years,” Blackstock wrote. “It’s not overnight; it’s for Canada’s entire history.”
The report also states, “We seem to be stuck in an eternal stalemate.”
“Trying to define the problems that need solving, but with incomplete data, packed with grandiose but ultimately empty promises from all levels of government, and all covered in orange with a thick layer of glossy ‘good intentions’.”
Keisha Supernant, a professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, said the report makes it clear that public pressure is key when it comes to calls to action to find children who won’t come home from boarding schools.
He said there was only a growing movement until the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced the discovery of possible graves at a former dorm in British Columbia.
“The reality is that it will likely take at least seven years (or more) for the calls to be completed because thousands of children are missing and we know very little about many of them, including those where the resting places of ‘? reports
“I hope there will continue to be pressure and attention to missing children.”