City of Saskatoon to respond to Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action
City says many recommendations are 'actionable' by cities
The city of Saskatoon will outline its response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to actions next Monday.
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"Several of the TRC Calls to Action are immediately actionable by the city to improve upon our current relationships with our Aboriginal residents," Gilles Dorval, director of Aboriginal Relations, said in a release.
"We've also identified ongoing efforts that will help us to move towards achieving full reconciliation through embedded best practices for Aboriginal inclusion in how we provide services."
Right now, the city said it has already done or is currently doing the following:
- Offering aboriginal cultural awareness training to all city employees and mandatory training for Saskatoon Police Service employees.
- Offered a "Profile Saskatoon Grant" of $150,000 and organizing support for the 2016 World Indigenous Business Forum and International Indigenous Music and Cultural Festival.
- Created a partnership with Saskatoon Tribal Council, Gabriel Dumont Institute and other organizations on the delivery of the Urban Aboriginal Leadership Program to build capacity among aboriginal people that leads to employment.
"The City is working closely with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and other partners to develop a holistic action plan for reconciliation and increased Aboriginal inclusion," Dorval said.
He said the city will consider the following next steps: identifying opportunities for social enterprises and reviewing city policies and programs with an aboriginal lens.
It will also aim to connect aboriginal people with employment and economic opportunities through the Saskatoon Aboriginal Employment and Economic Partnership.
As well, the release said the city will hold events to educate aboriginal development businesses or organizations on city rules and steps for land and procurements opportunities.