Item - 2015.EX10.16

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 9, 2015 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on December 1, 2015 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on December 9, 2015.
  • See also EX10.1
  • See also EX10.15
  • See also EX10.17
  • See also AA1.3

EX10.16 - Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Recommendations

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 9 and 10, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council endorse all calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.

 

2. City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, to develop concrete actions to fully implement the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that explicitly recognize the role of municipal government, for approval by City Council by the end of the first quarter of 2016.

 

3. City Council urge the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario to adopt all the calls to action in the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and develop implementation plans in partnership with Canada's Aboriginal communities.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered Items EX10.1, EX10.15, EX10.16 and EX10.17 together.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 9, 2015) Letter from the Aboriginal Affairs Committee on Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Recommendations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-85356.pdf
(September 30, 2015) Letter from Councillor Mike Layton and Frances Sanderson on Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Recommendations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-85349.pdf
Attachment - Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-85350.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 30, 2015) E-mail from Lynn Lawrence (EX.Supp.EX10.16.1)
(December 1, 2015) E-mail from Diane Meredith and Ken McEvoy, Bathurst United Church (EX.New.EX10.16.2)

Communications (City Council)

(December 5, 2015) E-mail from Maggie Quirt (CC.Supp.EX10.16.3)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Dec-09-2015 3:55 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX10.16 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Rob Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Denzil Minnan-Wong, David Shiner

EX10.16 - Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Recommendations

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council endorse all calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.

 

2. City Council direct that the City Manager, in consultation with the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, develop concrete actions to fully implement the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that explicitly recognize the role of municipal government, for approval by City Council by the end of the first quarter of 2016.

 

3. City Council urge the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario to adopt all the calls to action in the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and develop implementation plans in partnership with Canada's Aboriginal communities.

Origin

(October 9, 2015) Letter from the Aboriginal Affairs Committee

Summary

Our great country of Canada, the traditional territory of the many Aboriginal peoples, is scarred by a deeply unjust chapter in its history - the residential school system. For decades, Aboriginal girls and boys were unjustly taken from their homes and torn from their parents, forced to live in residential schools that would "take the Indian out of them.”

 

Children at residential schools were subject to mental, physical and sexual abuse. They were separated from their siblings. They were not given the same rights as other Canadians. They were punished for speaking their own language.  In some cases they were human subjects of scientific experiments.

 

As many as 150,000 Indian, Métis and Inuit children were sent to residential schools in Canada and the practice continued until the last school closed in 1996.  Canada's Aboriginal communities continue to experience the effects of the residential school system as inter-generational trauma haunts families and entire communities.

 

Governments across Canada have recognized these injustices and endeavoured to take action to begin to heal the wounds they has caused those children who were subject to the residential school system and the generations that have followed.

 

Canada's Aboriginal community established the Truth and Reconciliation Committee for the purpose of: documenting the impacts of the residential school system; supporting the healing process for survivors, their families and communities; and making recommendations to all orders of government on how to take action to right the wrongs of Canadian history.

 

While this is an issue experienced nationwide, over 35,000 people who self-identify as Aboriginal call the City of Toronto home and that many Aboriginal peoples in Toronto are dealing with the consequences of inter-generational trauma caused by the residential school system.

 

The City of Toronto has acknowledged the need for reconciliation by adopting the Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal Communities of Toronto in 2010; creating an Aboriginal employment strategy; creating an Aboriginal education strategy; increasing outreach to the public appointments process and declaring 2014 the year of Truth and Reconciliation.

Background Information

(October 9, 2015) Letter from the Aboriginal Affairs Committee on Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Recommendations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-85356.pdf
(September 30, 2015) Letter from Councillor Mike Layton and Frances Sanderson on Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Recommendations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-85349.pdf
Attachment - Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-85350.pdf

Communications

(November 30, 2015) E-mail from Lynn Lawrence (EX.Supp.EX10.16.1)
(December 1, 2015) E-mail from Diane Meredith and Ken McEvoy, Bathurst United Church (EX.New.EX10.16.2)

Speakers

Ken McEvoy, Bathurst United Church
Diane Meredith, Bathurst United Church
Councillor Mike Layton

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Dec-01-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Frank Di Giorgio, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council