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National Council would oversee Indigenous reconciliation, Liberals say in new bill – National


Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller has tabled legislation that would create a national council for reconciliation — a recommendation the Truth and Reconciliation Commission made in 2015 and the Liberal government included in the 2019 budget.

The TRC, which investigated the history and legacy of residential schools, called for the creation of an independent, Indigenous-led council to monitor the progress of reconciliation in Canada over the long term and to assess and report on the implementation implementing its 94 calls to action.

An interim council that was appointed in 2018 to advise the government on the creation of the council issued a final report the same year, calling for the creation of a transition committee, which was appointed in 2021.

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Bill C-29 provides for between nine and 13 directors on the board, including a representative from the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council.

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The other directors would be elected from a list of candidates and at least two-thirds must be indigenous.

The council would be established as a not-for-profit organization and would be required to report annually on progress towards reconciliation, including recommendations.


National Council would oversee Indigenous reconciliation, Liberals say in new bill – National







Reflection on National Indigenous Peoples Day with Chief Rosanne Casimir


Reflection on National Indigenous Peoples Day with Chief Rosanne Casimir

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, which primarily represents non-status Aboriginal and Métis living off-reserve, said in a statement that it is “deeply troubled” by the structure proposed in the bill.

The group says it has been excluded from the list of national Indigenous organizations for which a seat on the board is guaranteed, and calls it discrimination against hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people living in urban areas.

The bill was introduced in the House of Commons on Wednesday, but the House is expected to rise on Thursday for the summer recess. MPs won’t be back in their seats to debate the legislation until September.

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