Yukon NDP Urges Government to Implement Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Yukon NDP MLAs call on Government to fulfill its commitments to Indigenous Yukoners by completing TRC Calls to Action

WHITEHORSE, October 7th, 2021 – On the first day of the fall sitting of the Legislature, the Yukon NDP has tabled 20 motions urging the Government to implement the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation that have yet to be fulfilled by the territorial government.

“These calls to action are not optional if we want to forge a path toward respectful and meaningful government-to-government relationship. The Yukon government has a huge role to play in setting the bar higher than where it currently is. It is high time we get the work done.”
      - Kate White, leader of the Yukon NDP

“The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action is a pivotal document that holds all people accountable, including government, to ensure we bring forward truth on our shared history in this country. We have and continue to hear the painful stories of residential school survivors in our territory and across Canada. We all carry the responsibility to understand and implement every call to action in a way that is meaningful while ensuring the history of residential schools does not repeat itself. We owe this to our children, our children’s children and their children.”
     - Annie Blake, MLA for Vuntut Gwitchin

“It’s important to reflect on history. It’s even more important to act. I urge the government to close the gaps that have existed for too long between First Nations and non-First Nations Yukoners on so many levels – such as health, education, access to services, and so on. So many people have been waiting for too long.”
     - Emily Tredger, MLA for Whitehorse Centre

Out of the 32 Calls to Action that are under the Yukon government’s jurisdiction, only 10 have seen action taken towards completion or have been completed so far.

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