Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
New Westminster’s reconciliation efforts are motivated by a responsibility to recognize and to honour the deep original connections to this area by Halkomelem speaking Nations, some of whom lived here along the banks of the Fraser River, and others who passed through by land or water to travel between territories. New Westminster is also the birth place of colonization in British Columbia, as it was the colonial capital. The City acknowledges that its very existence was built upon the destruction of the land and river connections of the original inhabitants, and of their lives and livelihoods. Therefore, it is the City’s responsibility to correct the wrongs of our colonial history. To that end, New Westminster’s relationships with the First Nations of this land and with the urban Indigenous community is an ongoing strategic priority for the City.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was mandated to provide guidance on achieving reconciliation through truth and healing, both within Indigenous families and between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous communities and governments. The TRC provides 10 principles of truth and reconciliation and 94 specific calls to action that inform and guide New Westminster’s reconciliation journey.
CALLS TO ACTION
The City identified 15 calls to action we will address through our work as municipal government organization to support our reconciliation efforts. Of these, three themes emerged: health and wellness; Indigenous rights and reconciliation; and community and City education.
city-identified CALLS TO ACTION
Call to action category
|Health and wellness||
Language and Culture
Indigenous rights and reconciliation
|UN Declarations on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)||#43|
|Doctrine of Discovery||#47|
|National Council for Reconciliation||#55|
|Business and Reconciliation||#92|
|Community and City education||Professional Development||#57|
|Missing Children, Commemoration and Monuments||#75; #76|
|National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)||#77|
#87; #88; #91