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In today's Morning Brief, while Canada’s reconciliation project with Indigenous people is showing signs of progress, it's moving much slower than many had hoped.

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The reconciliation project is making progress — but not quickly enough for many

While Canada's reconciliation project with Indigenous people is showing signs of progress, it's moving much slower than many had hoped.

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report in 2015, it came with 94 calls to action, which urged governments across Canada to launch a wide range of reconciliation initiatives.

Seven years later, only about 10 per cent of those calls have been fully answered. CBC is tracking that progress for readers with its interactive website Beyond 94, which regularly updates the status of each call to action.

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But with Canada now marking its second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, everyone involved — the federal minister responsible for Crown-Indigenous relations and Indigenous leaders themselves — is saying it's time to speed things up.

"There's a lot of evidence all over the country of incredibly good work being done at various levels and various sectors of society and that is absolutely a positive response to what we had hoped for," Marie Wilson, one of the three commissioners on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, told CBC News.

"I think it's all being too slow and I think the urgency of it all has not adequately dawned on everyone."

Wilson said she fears that elderly Indigenous people may not live to see reconciliation realized.

"The age of survivors is advanced and advancing," she said. "We know that every single day, we are losing survivors who will not see the benefit of some of the bigger things we had hoped for." Read the full story here.

Honouring Indigenous children, families on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

(Alex Lupul/The Canadian Press)

Many events are being held this week across Canada to honour Indigenous children and families as the country marks its second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday. In this photo, Lisa Odjig Mchayle performs a hoop dance at the Indigenous Legacy Gathering, a multi-day event organized by the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday. See more photos from events across Canada.

In brief

One hundred years ago, the former chief medical health inspector of what was then known as Canada's Indian Affairs department walked through the doors of a publishing house in Ottawa. He carried a manuscript called A National Crime. It was published in 1922, detailing the appalling and deadly health conditions in government-funded residential schools. On the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Dr. Peter Bryce will be honoured with a plaque in front of the very same building of the publishing house, James Hope & Sons, that released his work from 61 Sparks St. in downtown Ottawa. "It allows us to more critically think about our history and to uplift and celebrate some of these great people who resisted all the wrongdoing," said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a member of the Gitxsan Nation. Read more on this story.

A pharmaceutical company that jacked up the price of a live-saving medication is charging too much and must lower it, says Canada's drug price agency. In a rare decision this week, the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board (PMPRB) said the price of Horizon Pharma's Procysbi "was and is excessive." Procysbi contains the same active ingredient, cysteamine bitartrate, as Cystagon, which was brought to market by another company. The new drug has a special coating that delays absorption so it is released more slowly into the body; it doesn't need to be taken as often. Both treat nephropathic cystinosis, a rare genetic disease in children that can destroy the kidneys. Cystagon was never fully approved in Canada, but was available through a special program. Procysbi was approved by Health Canada in 2017. But parents of young patients were stunned when the annual price from one to the other jumped some 3,000 per cent in 2018, from about $10,000 to more than $300,000. Horizon says Procysbi is a "new and distinct medicine." The PMPRB told the company it must charge a lower, but unspecified, price. Read the full story here.

After pummelling Florida, a resurgent Hurricane Ian is now heading for landfall later Friday in South Carolina. Forecasters say Ian, which hit Florida as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 241 km/h before weakening to tropical storm status, is now a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained wind speeds of 120 km/h. The storm is expected to come ashore near low-lying Charleston, S.C., about 2 p.m. ET, bringing potentially life-threatening flooding, storm surges and winds. At least four deaths from the storm have been confirmed in Florida. Read more on Ian here.

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The Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday secured their spot in Major League Baseball's playoffs without even taking the field. While the Jays had a day off, the Baltimore Orioles lost 5-3 to the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles' loss means Toronto is guaranteed one of three wild-card playoff spots in the American League. With six regular season games remaining, the Jays can now focus on playoff positioning. They open a three-game series at home against the Red Sox Friday before finishing with three games in Baltimore. Read more on this story here.

Trevor Noah is leaving The Daily Show after seven years as its host. He made the announcement to his audience during Thursday's show. Noah took over in 2015 from previous host Jon Stewart. "We have laughed together, we have cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it's time," said Noah, who wants to devote more time to standup comedy. He didn't give a date for his last show in the host's chair. Read more here.

Now for some good news to start your Friday: The Winnipeg Jets have hired its first First Nations woman from Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan. Sydney Daniels, 27, is joining the National Hockey League team as a college scout, but the woman from the Mistawasis Nehiyawak First Nation has already enjoyed a long hockey career. Daniels grew up in the United States for most of her life and attended Harvard University, where she was captain of the Harvard Crimson hockey team. When her university playing career ended, she became an assistant coach with the team. Now, she's thrilled to be closer to her First Nation as she settles in with the Jets. "There are these moments I think where I'll just kind of sit back and take a deep breath and kind of be present and be like, 'Whoa, I am working for a professional NHL hockey team and I'm trusted by the staff," Daniels said. "I'm treated like one of them!" Read more on this story here.

Opinion: Climate change is a public health emergency

Similar to the imperative forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, new legislation reflecting the emergent nature of climate change is required to make difficult decisions, writes Dr. Andrew Lodge. Read the column here.

First Person: My baby's first kick reminds me of all the Indigenous babies stripped from their families

So much damage to Indigenous families has been done by harmful government and church policies. But as Carol Rose GoldenEagle heads into her golden years — knowing that some day she will be a kohkum — she recognizes there is the opportunity for reconciliation. Read her column here.

Nothing is Foreign: What's fuelling Iran's 'unprecedented' protests

Over the past few weeks, protests in Iran against the compulsory hijab law and the morality police have spread across the country and worldwide, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. 

But it's not the first time protests against the Islamic Republic's repression of women's rights have erupted. We look at what's different this time and how the current uprising is uniting Iranians from all walks of life.

Today in history: September 30

1907: Alexander Graham Bell forms the Aerial Experiment Association in Baddeck, N.S. The group built several successful gasoline-powered biplanes. 

1927: Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees hits his 60th homer of the season, establishing a record that stood for 34 years until Roger Maris hit 61.

1938: The leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Italy sign the Munich Agreement, which ceded a large section of Czechoslovakia to Germany.

1985: The government of Canada says it would liquidate Calgary-based Northland Bank, just weeks after announcing a similar fate for Edmonton-based Canadian Commercial Bank. They were the first bank failures in Canada since 1923.

With files from The Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Reuters

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