• Councillor Mark Grimes

The City of Toronto’s first Reconciliation Action Plan moves forward

The details of the City of Toronto’s first Reconciliation Action Plan will be considered by the City’s Executive Committee on Wednesday, March 30. The recommended action plan will guide the City’s actions from 2022 to 2032 to advance truth, justice and reconciliation.

The announcement was made alongside Elder/Grandmother Dorothy Peters, City Manager Chris Murray, Councillor Mike Layton (University-Rosedale), Selina Young, Director, Indigenous Affairs Office, and Bryan Winters, co-chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee.

The Reconciliation Action Plan builds on the City’s existing commitments to Indigenous Peoples through 28 meaningful actions across five themes: actions to restore truth, actions to right relations and share power, actions for justice, actions to make financial reparations and actions for the Indigenous Affairs Office.

The 28 actions outlined in the Plan will contribute to the visibility and overall wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Toronto through placemaking and placekeeping, supporting economic development and prosperity, increasing civic engagement, honouring Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and recognizing rights to self-determination and self-governance. A key priority for the City will be addressing barriers and colonial practices embedded in its policies, processes and practices to better serve Indigenous residents in Toronto.

The Reconciliation Action Plan was developed over three years with input from First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members, organizations, Elders, Knowledge Carriers, youth, and Indigenous employees and allies in the Toronto Public Service. The Plan will be a living document, which will evolve, as needed, to incorporate directives from any future public inquiries or calls for government action from local Indigenous communities and organizations. The City will also continue to collaborate with Indigenous leaders and community members to fulfill the actions within the Plan, ensure transparency and accountability, and improve relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

The Reconciliation Action Plan was acknowledged and endorsed by the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee in its meeting on Tuesday, March 8 as a City mechanism to begin the process of reconciliation with the Indigenous community.

Several key reports and calls to action informed the Reconciliation Action Plan, including: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report in 2015, the 2019 National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the City’s 2010 Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal Communities.

The City Manager’s report and a draft of the Reconciliation Action Plan can be found on the City’s website

Following Executive Committee on Wednesday, March 30, the report will be considered at the Wednesday, April 6/Thursday, April 7 meeting of City Council.