The Yukon NDP used last Thursday’s first day of the fall sitting of the legislative assembly to call for the Liberal government to move faster
on implementing the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
All three members of the NDP caucus introduced motions – 20 in all – pertaining to the TRC.
“These calls to action are not optional if we want to forge a path toward respectful and meaningful government-to-government relationship,”
said NDP Leader Kate White.
“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.”
Annie Blake, the NDP MLA for Vuntut Gwitchin, added “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.”
NDP MLA Emily Tredger chipped in with, “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.”
The party members said that out of the 32 Calls to Action that are under the Yukon government’s jurisdiction, only 10 have seen action taken toward completion or have been completed so far.