September 30 Let's Do This!
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada published ninety-four Calls to Action. Six years later, many Canadians have yet to read the document entirely or in part. Fewer still have reflected on its importance or endeavoured to put these calls into action.
Today is the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation—a federally mandated statutory day of reflection and commemoration. Sadly, not all provinces and businesses are observing it.
There are ninety-two days left in 2021. Each day, from now until the end of the year, I will read, reflect upon and post one call to action. It is my hope that you will join me on this journey, and that together we may affect lasting and meaningful change of heart, mindset and action; that Canada may, one soul at a time, make real progress towards equity and reconciliation.
Let’s not let another year pass without change.
I will begin, today with Call-to-action number 92 as it pertains to Business and Reconciliation:
“92. We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to
adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to
apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate
policy and core operational activities involving
Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources. This
would include, but not be limited to, the following:
i. Commit to meaningful consultation, building
respectful relationships, and obtaining the free,
prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples
before proceeding with economic development
ii. Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable
access to jobs, training, and education opportunities
in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal
communities gain long-term sustainable benefits
from economic development projects.
iii. Provide education for management and staff on the
history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history
and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and
Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills
based training in intercultural competency, conflict
resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.”