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What’s New in Indigenous Watchdog: 146 new entries: Dec. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023

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58 Positive Actions vs 59 Negative Actions

Calls to Action (C2A) Status: January 1, 2024

Not Started Stalled In Progress Complete
15 20 46 13
16.0% 21.3% 48.9% 13.8%
Status Legacy Calls to Action
(1-42) + 50-52, 62-65
Reconciliation Calls to Action
(43-94)
Not Started 2, 9, 10, 26, 34, 42, 51, 52, 64 45, 46, 47, 55, 56, 89
Stalled 6, 8, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 29, 30, 35 58, 62, 71, 77, 78, 87, 92, 93
Complete 13, 15, 41 49, 59, 67, 68, 70, 80, 83, 84, 85, 94

Legacy Calls to Action include “Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System” (50-52) and “Education for Reconciliation (62-65) in order to keep all “Justice” and “Education” Calls to Action in one location

See also “Perspectives” post for a complete 6-page colour-coded Status Updates document summarizing all 94 Calls to Action

Indigenous Watchdog Updates

The following presents a year-to-date statistical snapshot of stakeholder actions across ALL themes that are either advancing reconciliation (Legacy and Reconciliation C2As and Government Commitments) or creating roadblocks (Current Problems)

Section J F M A M J J A S O N D YTD
Current Reality 4 1 3 4 2 4 2 1 2 2 4 2 31
Current Problems 58 83 114 87 83 76 96 98 84 95 113 59 1046
Legacy C2As 26 20 33 27 30 38 24 39 16 22 19 25 319
Reconciliation C2As 3 11 21 9 11 16 17 16 16 11 17 9 158
Govt. Commitments 3 2 5 4 9 13 16 11 15 13 13 8 112
Other Issues 13 16 10 23 15 18 5 13 20 17 148
Background Content 31 36 44 36 30 27 204
Total 107 133 186 154 150 165 186 201 182 192 216 146 2018
Indigenous Success Stories 9 5 3 7 13 11 5 8 7 4 7 79

Notes:

  • Current Reality includes ALL 94 Calls to Action and Other Issues
  • Legacy C2As, Reconciliation C2As, Government Commitments and Other Issues represent positive steps that are advancing reconciliation
  • Current Problems includes all those in “Calls to Action” plus “Other Issues” and “Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation
  • “Other Issues” presents information on Drinking Water Advisories, Food Insecurity, Suicide Prevention, Urban Commitments to Reconciliation, Housing, Environment and Treaties and Land Claims
  • Background Content provides additional context for Calls to Action and/or Themes
  • Multiple entries for an “Action or Commitment” or “Current Problem” have only been counted once

Current Reality Updates

Date Theme Description
Dec. 13 Health Canada Dental Plan does not address better access for First Nations and Inuit populations who had nearly twice as much dental disease and more unmet oral health needs compared to non-Indigenous people
Dec. 20 Drinking Water Advisories 143 Long-Term Drinking Water Advisories have been lifted since 2015, 29 Long-term DWAs still exist in 27 communities

Government Commitments
Actions and Commitments
Current Problems
Background Content
Indigenous Success Stories

Government Commitments

Home Page: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments

2023/12/19 Northern Action Plan (NAP) 2023-2028 – 2.57 billion dollars for the future of Québec’s northern territory
2023/12/14 Yukon’s new chief justice on Indigenous representation and reconciliation in the justice system
2023/12/11 Human Rights Day: Saskatchewan Named Co-Chair of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Human Rights Conference
2023/12/09 Colleagues hail appointment of 1st Indigenous B.C. Chief Justice in court’s history
2023/12/08 Manon Jeannotte from First Nation in Gaspé appointed Quebec lieutenant governor
2023/12/07 New Premier elected in the Northwest Territories
2023/12/07 Revised First Nation and Métis Consultation Policy Framework Effective January 1, 2024
2023/12/07 FNLC Supports BC’s Release of Distinctions-Based Approach Primer and Clarification of BC’s Position on Métis Rights
Home Page: Drinking Water Advisories: Other Issues
2023/12/20 Miawpukek First Nation improving water system to provide clean water to entire community
2023/12/13 Clean Water bill ‘just the first step,’ NAN grand chief says
2023/12/11 Feds introduce bill to set drinking water standards in First Nations
2023/12/10 Indigenous services minister to table First Nations water bill as early as Monday
Home Page: Environment: Other Issues
2023/12/18 Inuit know-how guides future of remote Arctic park 
2023/12/18 A First Nations-owned company’s focus on forest rehabilitation through wildfire risk reduction and fibre utilization
2023/12/15 Announcement of firefighting money for training good news says Athabasca Chipewyan chief
2023/12/07 One year since COP15: Protecting nature and strengthening communities in partnership with Indigenous Peoples
2023/12/07 Atikamekw community signs relationship framework with provincial government
2023/12/06 Coastal First Nations get $60M boost from B.C. to protect Great Bear Sea
Home Page: Food Insecurity: Other Issues
2023/12/19 Minister Vandal announces an investment supporting food security in Wekweètì, NWT
Home Page: Housing: Other Issues
2023/12/15 Indigenous organizations can apply to lead new national housing centre in new year
2023/12/13 New affordable rental homes open for Indigenous people in Sooke
Home Page: Treaties and Land Claims: Other Issues
2023/12/31 How reconciliation is tied up in the Ring of Fire
Home Page: Urban Commitments to Reconciliation: Other Issues
2023/12/12 New study benchmarks Indigenous economic contributions and informs action toward Economic Reconciliation in Calgary and Treaty 7 region
2023/12/08 Reconciliation-in-Action: Caldwell First Nation hosts first ever conference for municipalities in Southwestern Ontario
2023/12/07 Agreement to forge new partnerships for municipalities, First Nations
Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 1: Child Welfare (1-5)

2023/12/06 Federal Court of Canada Appoints Settlement Implementation Committee to Compensate First Nations Children and Families
Call to Action # 3: Child Welfare (1-5)
2023/12/17 Canada’s December 17 2023 Letter to Tribunal re: Caring Society Notice of Motion on Jordan’s Principle
Home Page: Education (6-12): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/12/05 Arctic research conference is held in the Arctic for 1st time
Call to Action # 7: Education (6-12)
2023/12/05 Federal government announces investment in energy efficient education facility in Beaver Lake Cree Nation
Call to Action # 8: Education (6-12)
2023/12/05 Federal government announces investment in energy efficient education facility in Beaver Lake Cree Nation
Call to Action # 16: Language and Culture (13-17)
2023/12/18 Nisga’a language degree to be offered at University of Northern B.C.
Call to Action # 18: Health (18-24)
2023/12/13 Government of Yukon, Yukon Hospital Corporation and health partners release new Health Human Resources Strategy to better meet Yukoners’ needs
2023/12/12 Manitoba Government Announces First Indigenous-Led Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine Clinic Now Operational
2023/12/01 GBPH explores new ground to partner with Indigenous community
Call to Action # 21: Health (18-24)
2023/12/06 Indigenous-led detox and healing centre planned for Whitehorse
Call to Action # 22: Health (18-24)
2023/12/07 Ontario Connecting Indigenous Peoples to Culturally Appropriate Care
2023/12/06 Doctor hopes new app will help Inuit access medical care in Quebec 
2023/12/01 Indigenous Chiropractic Caucus established to better serve Indigenous patients
Call to Action # 24: Health (18-24)
2023/12/11 Statement – CASN apologizes to Indigenous Peoples of Canada for Colonial harms resulting from nursing education
Call to Action # 30: Justice (25-42)
2023/12/08 Expanding legal supports and services for Indigenous people living in urban areas
Call to Action # 31: Justice (25-42)
2023/12/13 Supporting Indigenous-led justice and victims services in Six Nations
Call to Action # 38: Justice (25-42)
2023/12/08 Expanding legal supports and services for Indigenous people living in urban areas
Call to Action # 40: Justice (25-42)
2023/12/13 Supporting Indigenous-led justice and victims services in Six Nations
2023/12/05 Kahnawà:ke launches new service ‘for us, by us’ to help victims of crime
Call to Action # 41: Justice (25-42)
2023/12/15 Feds start consultations on Red Dress Alert
2023/12/15 Canada announces funding for two organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador supporting Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people
2023/12/14 Manitoba RCMP, Indigenous leaders team up to identify 10 ways to address gender-based violence
2023/12/14 Funding to Help End Gender-Based Violence
2023/12/14 Indigenous leadership and the Manitoba RCMP announce the creation of Joint Action Circle to address violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples
2023/12/04 Minister Anandasangaree announces funding for 31 Indigenous-led projects that will contribute to ending violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people
Call to Action # 65: Education for Reconciliation (62-65)
2023/12/07 Algoma U receives major funding boost for new Indigenous cultural centre
2023/12/05 Arctic research conference is held in the Arctic for 1st time
Home Page: Museums and Archives (67-70): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/12/19 Royal BC Museum receives declaration to repatriate sacred treasures to BC First Nations
Call to Action # 92: Business and Reconciliation (92)
2023/12/19 MLT Aikins acts for 12 First Nations & Métis Settlements on acquisition of first majority interest in midstream assets
2023/12/19 Report Provides Insight on Challenges Facing Canada’s Mineral Exploration Labour Market
2023/12/15 Galaxy Lithium (Canada) Inc., the Cree Nation of Eastmain, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government sign the Kapisikama Agreement regarding the James Bay Lithium Project
2023/12/13 Five Nations Development and Hydro One sign strategic partnership to increase Indigenous economic opportunities in Ontario’s energy sector
2023/12/04 Infrastructure Bank to provide loans for Indigenous equity investment in major projects
2023/12/04 Millbrook First Nation, logistics firm partnering to build shipping terminal in central N.S.
Current Problems

Home Page: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments

2023/12/21 Yellowhead Institute to no longer report on TRC calls to action
2023/12/19 Alberta Ethics Commissioner says rules followed in rescinding Deena Hinshaw’s job offer 
2023/12/14 Federal liabilities ‘likely’ owed to Indigenous people grow to $76B under Trudeau
2023/12/13 Chiefs say pan-Indigenous approach leaves Ottawa taking too much away from First Nations
2023/12/13 The feds cut Trans Mountain a $1.8M tax break in the ’50s for a pipeline. A First Nation got just $2,400. It’s still fighting for redress
2023/12/10 Ottawa eyes change to border rules for Indigenous communities. ‘It is an injustice that continues to divide our people’
2023/12/09 U.S. Indigenous group in Canada competes for territorial claims against Canadian Indigenous nations
2023/12/08 Behind First Nations’ demands for climate tax exemptions
Home Page: Child Welfare (1-5): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/12/07 Concerns raised as compensation for children-in-care settlement set to roll out next year
2023/12/05 AFN national chief candidates would back inquiry into Sixties Scoop
Home Page: Education (6-12): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/12/19 Far from home, Indigenous students face challenges getting education but there’s hope
2023/12/14 Indigenous students in Ontario still face inequities 
2023/12/08 Quebec’s new language bill is a barrier to Indigenous education says college dean
Home Page: Language and Culture (13-17): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/12/05 ‘That mountain is shaking’: First-of-its-kind assessment of Indigenous stories
2023/12/04 Cornwallis name gone from Lunenburg street, but new name draws criticism
Home Page: Health (18-24): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/12/28 Homes in four Ontario First Nations have dangerous levels of carbon dioxide, mould 
2023/12/18 Dismissal of Dr. Deena Hinshaw from Indigenous health team prompted Alberta ethics investigation
2023/12/13 Wequedong Lodge in Thunder Bay says it’s headed toward bankruptcy
2023/12/13 Desperate and near starvation, his wife drove him 1,000 kilometres for the care that saved him
2023/12/13 Indigenous people in remote communities may not see much benefit from national dental care plan
2023/12/12 Open Access: Exploring paramedic care for First Nations in Alberta: a qualitative study
Home Page: Justice (25-42): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/12/21 Belleville, Ont., police officers acquitted of assault causing bodily harm in arrest of Mohawk man
2023/12/18 First Nations leaders say Thunder Bay police handling of missing teen was ‘unacceptable’
2023/12/14 Supreme Court denies Canada’s appeal of class action certification against RCMP
2023/12/11 Amnesty International reports ‘ongoing violations’ of human rights on Wet’suwet’en territory
2023/12/10 Parents of woman shot dead by Edmonton police doing welfare check question procedures
2023/12/08 Violence against Indigenous women in Montreal ‘staggering’ due to shelter, housing shortages says organization
2023/12/07 RCMP under investigation after Indigenous woman’s body found within a kilometre of where she went missing
2023/12/06 Deadly Edmonton police shooting caught on video
2023/12/05 ‘Spend as Much Lifting Our People Up as Pushing Them Down’
2023/12/01 AMC Council of Elders Emphasizes the Sacredness of Life Amidst Alarming Rise in Homicide Rates
2023/12/01 Divesting the RCMP of Abuse Investigations in Indigenous Communities
Call to Action # 62: Education for Reconciliation (62-65)
2023/12/14 Albertans’ priorities for new social studies curriculum
Home Page: Missing Children and Burial Information (71-76): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/12/01 Archeologist from Akwesasne says McGill site is not being properly excavated
Home Page: Sports and Reconciliation (87-91): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/12/06 Biden announces support for the Haudenosaunee Confederacy competing under their own flag in 2028 Olympics
Home Page: Business and Reconciliation (92): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/12/13 CN finally acknowledges “complex history of railways” after mass resignation of Indigenous advisory council
2023/12/11 Entire Indigenous advisory council for CN Rail resigns
Home Page: Drinking Water Advisories: Other Issues
2023/12/21 Prairie First Nations call on Ottawa to rewrite clean water bill
2023/12/20 Alberta chiefs demand treaty table to talk about safe drinking water action
2023/12/15 Editorial Opinion: Too long a wait for water help
2023/12/13 AMC Challenges Efficacy of Federal Water Legislation
2023/12/11 ‘Not true reconciliation:’ FSIN reacts to federal bill on water
Home Page: Environment: Other Issues
2023/12/29 What it means to lead through fire
2023/12/19 More than minerals at stake in Ontario’s claim-staking boom
2023/12/15 The Case of the Ghostly Trestle
2023/12/15 Blockade goes up in Wemotaci over dispute with council on forestry agreement
2023/12/13 Exclusive: Docs Blocked by BC NDP Raise Questions about First Nation Statement on Fairy Creek Protests
2023/12/06 Exclusive: Feds face burning questions over ‘upside-down approach’ to climate readiness
2023/12/06 Manitoba Hydro dams caused decades of harm to Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, lawsuit alleges
Home Page: Food Insecurity: Other Issues
2023/12/18 Feds slash support for northern hunters and fishers
Home Page: Suicide Prevention: Other Issues
2023/12/05 Alarming Increase in Youth Suicide Rates Underscores Urgent Need for Change in the Status Quo in Manitoba
Home Page: Treaties and Land Claims: Other Issues
2023/12/17 Ktunaxa First Nation responds to lawsuit
2023/12/16 Manitoba First Nation sues feds, alleges unchanged $5 annuity payments violate treaty
2023/12/15 Breaking into TMX: Secwépemc allies, wrapped in chains, drop tobacco into borehole
2023/12/12 Mining claims jump in northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire as EV battery interest grows
2023/12/12 Amnesty International Says CGL and the RCMP Violated Indigenous Rights
2023/12/09 Mi’kmaq lobster harvesters facing vandalism and intimidation 
2023/12/08 New Brunswick Indigenous lawsuit ‘unprecedented in this country,’ says lawyer
2023/12/01 100 years of the Williams Treaties in Ontario: Anishinaabeg perspectives
Background Content

Home Page: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation: Government Commitments

2023/12/11 AFN receives strong message to stay out of treaty business 
2023/12/08 Assembly of First Nations elects a new chief. Here’s her take on the climate file
2023/12/07 Cindy Woodhouse wins election for Assembly of First Nations national chief
2023/12/07 ‘Canada, we’re coming for you’: Cindy Woodhouse elected national chief of the Assembly of First Nations
2023/12/06 AFN candidates pitch solutions to ‘bannock and tea issues’ facing First Nations people
2023/12/05 Complex climate file faces new Assembly of First Nations chief
Call to Action # 1: Child Welfare (1-5)
2023/12/04 Award-winning framework gives a voice to Indigenous youth transitioning out of care 
Home Page: Education (6-12): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/12/08 ‘It’s something I can actually be proud of:’ Training program trades difficult pasts for toolbelts
2023/12/04 ‘We need to start the healing’: 3 Indigenous women on how to move forward from Buffy Sainte-Marie revelations
2023/12/04 A locally developed course teaches First Nation, Metis, and Inuit history
Home Page: Language and Culture (13-17): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/12/31 Why reintroducing bison is revitalizing the Prairies and Indigenous culture, identity
2023/12/13 New book preserves Haida law through the seven steps of a wedding
2023/12/05 Indigenous language reclamation journey: Dinjii Zhuh Ginjik
Home Page: Justice (25-42): Legacy Calls to Action
2023/12/18 ‘My way of giving back’: Officer in Tsuut’ina Nation in Alberta proud of community
2023/12/18 Mi’kmaw peacekeepers program launches in 7 N.B. communities
Call to Action # 42: Justice (25-42)
2023/12/20 Penticton lawyer represents historic Indigenous climate case
Call to Action # 44: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (43-44)
2023/12/04 Establishing an Indigenous Human Rights Commission and Tribunal
Home Page: Media and Reconciliation (84-86): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/12/13 TVO endorses proposals to further bolster Canadian and Indigenous content
Home Page: Business and Reconciliation (92): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/12/13 Indigenous communities, EV chargers and the equitable transition to electrification
Home Page: Environment: Other Issues
2023/12/04 First Nations Knowledge Keepers across BC call for urgent climate action to restore balance and reciprocal relationships with Mother Earth ahead of COP28
Home Page: Food Insecurity: Other Issues
2023/12/19 Inuit Nunangat School Food Program: Nominal Cost Projections 2023
Home Page: Housing: Other Issues
2023/12/07 Fall Economic Statement 2023: a step in the right direction, but bold action is still needed
Home Page: Treaties and Land Claims: Other Issues
2023/12/15 Inside the fight for $120B: How Canada’s broken treaty promise sparked a battle over ‘mino-bimaadiziwin’ — the good life
2023/12/15 The Crown promised riches to First Nations in Canada – over 150 years on, they could finally get billions
2023/12/14 WHY IS THE SPARROW DECISION IMPORTANT?
2023/12/11 “A new era in Canadian law”
2023/12/01 Voices from our past: Crowfoot valued land more than government money
Indigenous Success Stories

Home Page: Education (6-12): Legacy Calls to Action

2023/12/08 Inuit Recognition Award Highlights Dalhousie Professor’s Work
Home Page: Museums and Archives (67-70): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/12/08 Leslie McCue on Breaking Stereotypes, Building Cultural Awareness, and Teaching 
Home Page: Media and Reconciliation (84-86): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/12/02 ‘You’ve got to crash a door and fail and get back up’: Canada’s most recognizable Indigenous actor finally gets her due
Home Page: Sports and Reconciliation (87-91): Reconciliation CTAs (43-94)
2023/12/19 MASRC Cheers for Justina di Stasio’s Olympic Qualification

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