Aboriginal Relations

Aboriginal Relations

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released their final report on Residential Schools in 2015. The Yukon government and Yukon First Nations are working together to develop a collaborative, made-in-Yukon approach to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

To guide Yukon government’s collaboration with First Nations the Premier asked deputy ministers to compile a report on the governments work to date that addresses the calls to action. The next steps and priorities will be established in collaboration with First Nations.

What is the Yukon government’s Deputy Minister Report to the Premier on the TRC Report?

  • The Deputy Minister’s Report on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action was developed to support Yukon government’s participation in a collaborative planning process with First Nations and to guide the collaborative implementation of the calls to action with First Nations.
  • This report shows Yukon government’s work up to January 2016 on matters that address the calls to action.
  • Yukon government will work in collaboration with First Nations to identify the next steps and priorities.

What is the current status of the First Nations and Yukon government’s collaborative implementation of the calls to action?

  • Yukon government and Yukon First Nations confirmed their intention to work together to implement the TRC Calls to Action at the April 2016 Yukon Forum.
  • The governments presented the joint approach to the federal government and Yukon First Nations requested funding to support the implementation of the TRC Calls to Action in Yukon.
  • Yukon government and First Nations are assembling a joint working group and developing some guiding documents that articulate our collaborative approach.

Will Yukon government and/or Yukon First Nations commit funding to implement the calls to action?

  • First Nations have submitted a funding request to the federal government and are awaiting their response.
  • Yukon government and First Nations have not yet determined their funding contributions to the implementation of the TRC Calls to Action. 

What are some examples of work completed to-date that addresses the calls to action?

  • Yukon government has been working collaboratively with First Nations for many years. Much of our collaborative efforts with First Nations address the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 
  • Some examples include:
    • The settlement and implementation of land claims (modern treaties) with 11 of 14 Yukon First Nations.
    • Changes to the Child and Family Services Act were proclaimed in 2010 allowing social workers to support families and address child welfare concerns using alternative response options. Social workers work with families and First Nations to ensure children remain with their family whenever possible. The Act also now requires that every child in care has an individualized plan for maintaining their cultural heritage.
    • In 2014, Yukon government entered into a funding agreement with the Kwanlin Dün First Nation to contribute $1 million over three years to the Jackson Lake Healing Program. 
    • In 2014, 2015 and 2016 Yukon government supported youth health and wellness gatherings.
    • Department of Justice worked closely with Kwanlin Dün First Nation, the Council of Yukon First Nations and its members to implement the recommendations of Sharing Common Ground, the final report of the 2010 Police Review. Justice continues to work with Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Council of Yukon First Nations on integrated service models and pilot projects aimed at enhancing community safety. Yukon First Nation representatives also serve on the Yukon Police Council and Community Safety Committee.
    • The following Public Service Commission courses are available to all Yukon government staff:
      1. four-day workshop on Yukon First Nations History, Culture, Agreements and Self-government;
      2. three-day Yukon First Nations Traditional Knowledge workshop; and
      3. corporate orientation for new employees which includes a component on land claims.
    • Yukon government continues to collaborate with Yukon First Nations and Yukon College to provide the First Nation Governance and Public Administration Program through Yukon College. The courses are delivered in Whitehorse or online in the communities.
    • Yukon government has signed Intergovernmental Accords with Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, Kluane First Nation. these accords are government to government agreements that outline joint priorities and a plan for implementation.
    • The Forward Together: Yukon Mental Wellness Strategy outlines the overall direction to strengthen mental health, trauma and addiction services for Yukon people. First Nation partners will play a joint role in the oversight of implementation activities.

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