TRC Call to Action 92
Many organizations are now well versed in the social and emotional damage residential schools caused for Indigenous people in Canada. Apologies have been made, the largest class-action suit in Canadian history settled and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has documented thousands of personal stories.
Part of the mandate of the commission was to guide Canadians toward reconciliation and renewed relationships with Indigenous communities based on mutual understanding and respect. The final 500-page report presented 94 “calls to action” urging all levels of government and corporations to work together to change policies.
“Call to Action 92” states:
We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources. This would include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects.
- Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.
- Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
Obtaining TRC Call to Action 92 Endorsement will support your business development, recruitment, cultural-sensitivity objectives, and the adoption and implementation of best practices to develop strong business relationships with Indigenous Peoples and their communities.
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