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CASHRA Motion to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action

OTTAWA, December 15, 2015 – The Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with all involved in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action.

At its most recent mid-year meeting in November 2015, the members of CASHRA unanimously passed a motion supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Final Report.

CASHRA urges all sectors of society, including governments, public service agencies, Indigenous peoples, citizens, educators, religious institutions, the media and the private sector to work collectively to advance reconciliation in a broad range of areas from Child Welfare, to Health and to Justice. CASHRA specifically commits to actively advancing and promoting those Calls to Action directly or indirectly related to the work of human rights commissions.

Should you have questions or if you would like additional information, please contact the National Aboriginal Initiative of the Canadian Human Rights Commission by e-mail at nai-ina@chrc-ccdp.gc.ca.


Preamble

Reconciliation is an underlying purpose of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the UN Declaration), as a standard of achievement to be pursued in a spirit of partnership and mutual respect.

On June 2nd, 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (the TRC) released its summary of the final report, entitled, "Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future."

In this summary, there are 94 Calls to Action issued on a broad range of areas from Child Welfare, to Health and to Justice, involving all sectors of society, including governments, public service agencies, Indigenous peoples, citizens, educators, religious institutions, the media and the private sector.

Many of these Calls to Action refer to implementation of the UN Declaration (15 in total) and/or the areas of work of CASHRA members. This includes motions CASHRA has adopted on implementation of the UN Declaration, on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, on education about the residential school system and on equitable redress for all Indigenous day and residential school students. Numerous Calls to Action relate to promoting educational awareness about the rights of Indigenous peoples as a means to achieving reconciliation.

CASHRA members note, with interest, Calls to Action 53, 55, and 56, recommending the establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation to promote and advance the implementation of reconciliation, and to report on progress. CASHRA is supportive of this initiative.


Motion

CASHRA supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Final Report entitled, "Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future." and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with all involved in implementing the Calls to Action.

CASHRA specifically commits to actively advancing and promoting those Calls to Action directly or indirectly related to the work of human rights commissions, including the Calls to Action dealing with skills based human rights training for specific professions (24, 27, 28, 57, 92), the establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation (53, 55, 56), the recognition of Aboriginal justice systems (42) and the Calls relating to previous CASHRA motions mentioned above (43, 41, 29, 62, 63, 64).

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