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City of Ottawa Reconciliation Action Plan

Recognition of Algonquin Territory

We recognize that Ottawa is located on unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation.

We extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable past and present contributions to this land. We also recognize and respect the cultural diversity that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people bring to the City of Ottawa.

City of Ottawa Reconciliation Action Plan

In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its findings and 94 Calls to Action to redress the residential schools legacy and advance the reconciliation process in Canada. The Calls to Action are directed at all levels of government, the private sector and to Canadians as a whole.

In February 2018, the City of Ottawa’s Reconciliation Action Plan was approved. This plan addresses the TRC Calls to Action and confirms the City’s commitment to reconciliation. The plan is a direct result of a relationship built on trust and collaboration between the City, the Indigenous communities in Ottawa and many community partners. It includes 14 actions in the areas of:

  1. Culture
  2. Employment
  3. Children's Services
  4. Education and Awareness Building

Ottawa Public Health and the Ottawa Public Library are also working to implement the TRC calls to action. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has drafted a Reconcili-ACTION Plan to respond to the health related TRC Calls to Action. Ottawa Public Library released a TRC report in February 2018 that includes recommendations for action, including implementing a visual land acknowledgement program at all OPL locations.

Learn more about the actions by reading the Reconciliation Action Plan.

Aboriginal Working Committee

Mandate

In 2007, the Aboriginal Working Committee (AWC) was established to work together with the community to address emerging issues and to improve City services for Aboriginal communities. Since the beginning, the AWC has focused on building trust, relationships, and awareness through concrete actions. The AWC partners are very proud of the work accomplished together since the beginning of the relationship.  The 2018 Truth and Reconciliation Accomplishments update highlights some of this work.

Members

Co-chairs

  • General Manager, Community and Social Services, City of Ottawa
  • Chair, Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition

Members

The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition is represented by the following organizations:

We acknowledge the support and contributions of the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition partners and service providers. The City’s relationship with Indigenous partners is very important to us. It is as an example of what we can do when we listen to the communities we serve.

Working Model

Diagram 1. Aboriginal Working Committee Model

Diagram 1. Aboriginal Working Committee Model

The Aboriginal Working Committee works within a cultural working model. It produces action plans that reflect the priorities of urban Aboriginal communities, in partnership with the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition.

Areas of focus include:

  • Culture
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Health

Next steps

Reconciliation is a journey. The Aboriginal Working Committee will continue to work together with our partners to respond to the priorities of the urban Indigenous communities in Ottawa and ensure that the Reconciliation Action Plan evolves based on those priorities. We also engage regularly with the Algonquin Nations on this work.

Contact us

For more information about the Aboriginal Working Committee or the City of Ottawa Reconciliation Action Plan, email aboriginalcommittee@ottawa.ca.