Idea #42 - Make Progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action

Move forward in working with other levels of government to advance the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

"New Westminster is a historic city and we have an opportunity to better understand our history. I support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, and also support the City providing space for the community to learn more about the history of the Qayqayt First Nation and Coast Salish peoples who occupied this land." Nadine Nakagawa, Council Candidate Team Cote

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report, which contained 94 Calls to Action and urged all levels of government to work together to advance reconciliation. The City of New Westminster has supported and endorsed the TRC's work, but we now need to move forward to implement the 16 Calls to Action that are related to local government. The City of Vancouver has been a leader in our region on reconciliation and they have developed a City of Reconciliation framework, which focuses on building cultural competency, strengthening relations, and developing efficient decision-making within the City's service provision. New Westminster can genuinely advance the dialogue around reconciliation in our community by working with the local First Nations, urban Indigenous peoples, and all members of our community.