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Call to Action #20 - Recognizing Distinct Health Needs

6 years after its release, I am finally digging into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. There are 73 days left in the year and the goal is to read and reflect on at least one call to action daily for the remainder of the year. Thank you for joining me on this journey. May our endeavour together be a catalyst for lasting progress and affect meaningful change in Canada.

Under the Health category, the 20th Call To Action is:

“20. In order to address the jurisdictional disputes concerning Aboriginal people who do not reside on reserves, we call upon the federal government to recognize, respect, and address the distinct health needs of the Métis, Inuit, and off-reserve Aboriginal peoples.”

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update: Stalled

"On June 2, 2020 the Federal government announced $85 million in funding for the construction and operation of 12 new shelters for Indigenous women and girls: 10 in the provinces and 2 in the territories as well as ongoing operating costs plus funding for the Métis related shelter provision and projects. On Jan. 26, 2021 Indigenous Services Canada committed to fund the construction and operations of shelters for Inuit women and children across Inuit Nunangat as well as in urban centres. Funding for the new shelters will be part of the $724.1 million for a comprehensive Violence Prevention Strategy as announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement. The government will continue to work with Pauktuutit and other Inuit partners to determine the locations and define the details of the projects to best meet the needs of women and families seeking shelter.

Federal Government is working through the Canada Métis Nation Accord and the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee to address the distinct health needs of Métis and Inuit. The off-reserve needs of First Nations are not explicitly addressed."

Please consider a donation to the Saskatoon Aboriginal Community Action Plan (SACAP)

"The Saskatoon Aboriginal Community Action Plan (SACAP) is a community-based partnership comprised of local agencies and businesses committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal citizens of Saskatoon and the greater Saskatoon community." To learn more: Donate here:

- Tallis


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