NDP introduces legislation on Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action

October 21, 2016

For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – This morning, the NDP Caucus introduced legislation that affirms the province’s support for the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which fall under provincial jurisdiction. The legislation will require the Premier to report to the Legislature on an annual basis on the progress of implementing the Calls to Action.

“Reconciliation requires action from everyone,” said Cheryl Maloney, President of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association. “The provincial government needs to engage and partner with Aboriginal Peoples and make meaningful and measurable commitments that will move toward reconciliation for all Nova Scotian residents. This legislation is a step forward.”

Provinces like Manitoba and Saskatchewan have already begun tracking their progress on the recommendations of the TRC which fall under provincial jurisdiction. The McNeil government has only offered vague support for the Calls to Action, without any concrete plan for implementation.

“We need to take serious action to address the legacy of racism and colonialism in Nova Scotia,” said Lenore Zann, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs. “This proposed legislation is a starting point to move forward on implementing the Calls to Action developed by Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”

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For more information please contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca