City of Whitehorse responds to TRC calls to action

The City of Whitehorse has released a draft action plan that addresses several of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action.

The City of Whitehorse has released a draft action plan that addresses several of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.

In June 2015, the TRC released a nearly-400 page summary of its final report, in addition to 200 pages on the principles of reconciliation, 260 page summarizing the testimony of survivors, and 94 recommendations for actions targeted at governments, churches, schools, museums, businesses and other organizations.

Representatives from a number of city departments met to determine which specific calls to action were applicable to the City of Whitehorse, and to determine what potential actions could be taken.

The draft action plan outlines 11 of the 94 recommendations. Some of the potential actions the city could take include working with local stakeholders to determine an appropriate monument to residential school survivors, including the history of Canada’s aboriginal people into the City’s annual training plan, and establishing communications with the Aboriginal Sport Circle.

Members of city council will vote on whether it wants to approve the plan at next week’s meeting.

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