Now, I said I was going to pick 10 of the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and make them my own. I haven’t exactly figured out how I am going to do that yet, but I will soon. As you read the list of calls to action I have selected, you will see many of them are directed at the government. Within these, there is an ability for all of us as Canadians to start following through with these actions on the ground, on the frontlines, in our families, in our communities, in other communities, and individually.
I have to take the next week off as I have exams all week, but once they are done I will be coming back to this and figuring out what I personally can do to step up and complete these ten calls to action, in honour of the 1st Year Anniversary of My Hero Movement, but also because I believe it is essential for us as a country to live up to these calls to action in our own way, and begin to learn and grow as people, and reconcile with those which our country has pushed aside for hundreds of years. You and I are just as much a part of the healing and reconciliation process as anyone else. We owe it to our brothers and sisters from all nations in this country to get it right this time, for the sake of all of our people in what can be a really wonderful, diverse and prosperous country again.
My First Ten Calls Are Below. Peace and Love,
3. We call upon all levels of government to fully implement
8. We call upon the federal government to eliminate the
discrepancy in federal education funding for First Nations children being educated on reserves and those First Nations children being educated off reserves.
23. iii. Provide cultural competency training for all healthcare professionals.
34. We call upon the governments of Canada, the provinces, and territories to undertake reforms to the criminal justice system to better address the needs of offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD),
including: iii. Providing community, correctional, and parole resources to maximize the ability of people with FASD to live in the community.
38. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to commit to eliminating the overrepresentation of Aboriginal youth in custody over the next decade.
45. We call upon the Government of Canada, on behalf of all Canadians, to jointly develop with Aboriginal peoples a Royal Proclamation of Reconciliation to be issued by the Crown. The proclamation would build on the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty of Niagara of 1764, and reaffirm the nation-to-nation relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown. The proclamation would include, but not be limited to, the following commitments:
iii. Renew or establish Treaty relationships based on principles of mutual recognition, mutual respect, and shared responsibility for maintaining those relationships into the future.
48. We call upon the church parties to the Settlement Agreement, and all other faith groups and interfaith
social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation. This would include, but not be limited to, the following commitments:
ii. Respecting Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination in spiritual matters, including the right to practise, develop, and teach their own spiritual and religious traditions, customs, and ceremonies, consistent with Article 12:1 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
iii. Engaging in ongoing public dialogue and actions to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
63. We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including:
iii. Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.
87. We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.