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REPORT TO: Finance and Corporate Services Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING:June 17, 2019 <br />SUBMITTED BY: Janette MacDonald, community engagement consultant, <br />519-741-2200 ext. 7249 <br />PREPAREDBY:Janette MacDonald, community engagement consultant, <br />519-741-2200 ext. 7249 <br />WARD (S) INVOLVED:All <br />DATE OF REPORT:May 30, 2019 <br />REPORT NO.:COR-19-021 <br />SUBJECT:Municipal response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action <br />___________________________________________________________________________ <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />THAT staff be directed to proceed to implement the Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action <br />consistent with the approach outlined in report COR-19-021, beginning with the following <br />two priorities: <br />TH <br />AT Council introduce a territorial acknowledgement at the commencement of Council <br />to signal a commitment to responding to the Truth & ReconciliationCalls to Actionand <br />to demonstrate respect for the ongoing relationships we are building; and <br />THATCouncil approve the implementation of a training program for staff that will increase <br />Indigenous competency at an organizational level, resulting in improved customer <br />service and increased capacity of non-Indigenous staff across the organization to work <br />respectfully and appropriately on Indigenous initiatives in a municipal context. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />The federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established through the Indian <br />Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, 2007.The agreementaffectedapproximately <br />86,000 Indigenous People who had been enrolled in a residential school; however, over the <br />operating period from 1883–1996, over 150,000 Indigenous youth were placed in the schools. <br />The TRCdetermined that the government-sponsored religious school system committed cultural <br />genocide throughforcedassimilation of Indigenous youth.In his formal apology, former Prime <br />Minister Stephan Harper stated that “Two primary objectives of the Residential Schools system <br />were to remove and isolate children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and <br />cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture. These objectives were based on the <br />assumption Aboriginal cultures and spiritual beliefs were inferior and unequal. Indeed, some <br />*** Thisinformation is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br />3 - 1 <br />