The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007. The UNDRIP includes 46 articles related to the human rights of Indigenous peoples.
Between 2007 and 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) travelled Canada listening to over 6,500 former residential school students, their families, and their communities bearing witness to the legacy of the residential school system. In 2015, in order to redress that legacy and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the TRC presented an executive summary of the findings, which contained 94 specific calls to action. Many of the calls to action align with and reference UNDRIP.
The UNDRIP was endorsed by Canada in 2016. In December 2020, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to implement the declaration, which passed into law on June 21, 2021. This act requires the Government of Canada to ensure its laws are consistent with the UNDRIP, to prepare an action plan related to the UNDRIP's objectives, and to report on the progress of the action plan annually.
The Province of British Columbia passed the declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act) into law in November 2019. The Declaration Act establishes the UNDRIP as the Province’s framework for reconciliation, as called for by the TRC’s calls to action.
The Mandate of the National Inquiry is to look into and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including sexual violence.
Learn how the City of Kamloops is working to implement the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.
Learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada.
Explore and contribute to the interactive map of the Indigenous Languages, Arts and Heritage in B.C.
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all peoples in Canada.
An information resource on key topics relating to the histories, politics, and cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
The National Representational Organization Protecting and Advancing the Rights and Interests of Inuit in Canada
The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for more than 19 years. Their goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System and subsequent Sixties Scoop on Indigenous Survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing and Reconciliation.
MNBC’s mandate is to develop and enhance opportunities for Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services.
Part of the mandate of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is to raise awareness of the history and creation of the residential school system, its ongoing legacy, and how it has shaped the country we live in today. The teaching resources and educational programming they offer make it easier for the public to learn the truth about this tragic history.
Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as their map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide.
Did you know the Canadian origins of “Orange Shirt Day” revolves around the story of a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) woman from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band) who currently lives in Williams Lake, BC?
Wawahte began as a book written by Robert P. ‘Bob’ Wells. When Bob was nine years old, his dear friend Moochum Joe told him to ‘draw words on paper’ that told of how badly Indian people were being treated, and to ‘draw them true’. Sixty-five years later, Wawahte was finally published (2012). The book tells the story of residential schools from the perspective of three of its survivors. They trusted Bob to tell their very personal stories so that all Canadians might find mutual healing and understanding. In 2015, Wawahte was made into an educational documentary produced by John Sanfilippo of Tyton Sound. The documentary combines archival images with elements from the Wawahte audio book.
IRSSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas. These impacts affect every family and every community across B.C. and Canada.