National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Dear reader,

This week we pause and mark the importance of acknowledging the past and the on-going oppression of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. As a School of Public Administration, we feel we have a special responsibility in the way we educate (future) civil servants and community leaders.

Each one of us is in a position to introduce change and I invite you to take at least one action to learn more about the recent past and – so sadly - still the very actual colonialism situation in Canada. It can be to read the report Honoring the Truth, Reconciling for the future, listen to a webinar on Indigenous Governance and Indigenous Rights, read the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, or listen to some live streaming activities. You will find below some resources  you can take to develop your knowledge and skills for being a positive contributor to this important agenda.

Thank you for your commitment to making our society a just one where human rights are respected.


Astrid Brousselle
School of Public Administration

The Report Honoring the Truth, Reconciling for the future is available here: 
The Calls to Action are indicated pp. 319-337 of the report. I raise your attention on call 57:
We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

Other reports and resources can be found on this site: 

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be found here: 

A series of webinars organized by researchers and Indigenous community leaders and partners working together on the research project ‘Rebuilding First Nations Governance’, under the  leadership of Frances Abele and Satsan Herb George: 

Activities at UVic (including online): 

Activities in Victoria area on September 30:

Additional information pages: