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REPORT TO: Council <br />DATE OF MEETING:August 24, 2020 <br />SUBMITTED BY: Denise McGoldrick,GM Infrastructure Services,519-741-2600 x4657 <br />PREPARED BY: Denise McGoldrick,GM Infrastructure Services,519-741-2600 x4657 <br />Josh Shea, Natural Area Coordinator, 519-741-2600 x4177 <br />WARD (S) INVOLVED:All Wards <br />DATE OF REPORT:August 19, 2020 <br />REPORT NO.: INS-20-008 <br />SUBJECT: Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan - The Journey Forward <br />__________________________________________________________________________________________ <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />That INS-20-008, be received; <br />That staff be directed to develop a policy to support the access and use of public <br />spaces by Indigenous peoples to carry out cultural and ceremonial practices; and, <br />That City of Kitchener rental-relatedfees associated withuse of City spaces for <br />Indigenous cultural and ceremonialevents be suspended until such policy is <br />considered by Council. <br />EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: <br />Deep and systemic inequities in our society and our community have been highlighted in recent <br />weeks and months. While these inequities and issues existed long before COVID-19, the <br />pressures of the global pandemic have further highlighted the impact systemic racism has on <br />Indigenous and Black people as well as other people of colour. Social injustice and racismexist <br />in our community and our organizations, and now is the time for meaningful, immediate action. <br />On June 20, 2020, some members of the local Indigenous communitiesestablished the O:se <br />Kenionhata:tieLand Back Camp in Victoria Park and set up social media through Facebook and <br />Instagram to describe the purpose of the camp. On July 10, 2020, a petition addressed to the <br />mayors of Kitchener and Waterloo was circulated and outlined the specific demands ofthe Land <br />Back Camp organizers. The concerns expressed by Land Back Camp organizers are consistent <br />with concerns that have come to light by way of other community consultations, however there <br />is a need to engage more broadly on actions to support the local urban Indigenous communities. <br />In order to uphold commitments made to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and <br />Reconciliation Commission, a region-wide Reconciliation Action Plan is being launched by area <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994for assistance. <br />8 - 1 <br />