Transcript: Call to Action 57: A Duty of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples for All Public Servants
Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is a priority of the Government of Canada and it involves all public servants.
The roots of the reconciliation movement lie in the tragic history of the residential school system.
Imagine 150,000 children forcibly removed from their homes into 140 Canadian residential schools over a 160-year period.
And with the recent identification of hundreds of unmarked graves of Indigenous children, Canadians of all backgrounds are witnessing the tragic impact of residential schools on Indigenous people in this country.
- Loss of lives
- Sexual, physical and psychological abuses
- Multiple traumas
- loss of identity
How can we repair the damages and re-establish relationships?
The executive summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, offers 94 concrete calls to action, accepted by the federal government in 2015.
These calls to action target issues such as language and culture, education, children and youth, health, the role of the media, apologies from the churches, and more.
But did you know? Call to Action 57 specifically invites public servants, at all levels to learn about the history of Indigenous Peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Specifically, Call to Action 57 summons us to learn and understand:
- the impact of colonialism and intergenerational trauma
- the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Indigenous practices, cultures and worldviews
It is our duty to learn, to know the truth and to put history and its consequences into perspective in order to overcome our own prejudices.
The Canada School of Public Service helps you learn about these historical facts and explore the avenues of reflection that are essential to reconciliation.
Every public servant can make a difference!