Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo


Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action - A Collaborative Pathway Forward


Department:Indigenous and Rural RelationsSponsors:


1.      THAT the attached report Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action: Principles for a Collaborative Pathway Forward in Wood Buffalo, be accepted as information.


2.      THAT the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Call to Action 43), be endorsed as the Municipality’s framework for reconciliation, and that Administration bring forward a Policy in 2022 for Councils consideration.


3.      THAT the additional calls to action including Call to Action 1 (Child Welfare), Calls to Action 13 and 14 (Language and Culture), Call to Action 82 (Commemoration), and Call to Action 92 (Business and Reconciliation), be adopted by Council.


4.      THAT Administration provide an annual update on the status of the municipal response to Truth and Reconciliation in Wood Buffalo with an additional report provided every four years to coincide with the Council term.


5.      THAT Administration be directed to include funding in the annual budgeting process to support the meaningful commemoration of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation each year on September 30.

Meeting History

Sep 14, 2021 4:00 PM Video Council Meeting

Dennis Fraser, Director, and Janine Kruse Manager, Indigenous and Rural Relations, provided a presentation on the Municipality's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action and a progress update on the 23 calls that been identified as within Municipality's jurisdiction.

Phil Osborne, Philtech Enterprises, spoke in opposition to the report noting confusion with the definition of "Indigenous".

Bryan Fayant, McMurray Metis Loccal 1935 spoke in support of the report and the Municipality's response to the 23 Calls to Action.

Joanne Packman, Wood Buffalo Wellness Society, spoke to the improvements made by the Municipality.

Elder Alice Mardin, Reconciliation Advisory Circle (RAC), spoke in support of the report and thanked the Municipality for its support of the TRC's Calls to Action.

MOVER:Jeff Peddle, Councillor
SECONDER:Jane Stroud, Councillor
FOR:Don Scott, Mike Allen, Krista Balsom, Sheila Lalonde, Keith McGrath, Phil Meagher, Verna Murphy, Jeff Peddle, Jane Stroud, Claris Voyageur
ABSENT:Bruce Inglis