The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee today approved a plan to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance reconciliation.
The plan outlines a Council Statement of Reconciliation and 14 initiatives, which include displaying Indigenous art, collaborating with Indigenous service providers on child care and family programs, providing cultural awareness training and increasing the number of Aboriginal people employed at the City.
More than 500 people, the majority of whom are from Aboriginal communities, contributed to the City’s plan. The approved plan builds on the work of the City’s Aboriginal Working Committee.
Five new directors would join Crime Prevention Ottawa’s board, following the Committee’s approval. They would serve on the board from 2018 to 2022.
The Committee also approved two commemorative naming proposals. The gymnasium at the Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Centre would be named the Robert and Linda Poulsen Gymnasium, in recognition of the couple’s community service, including on the community centre’s board.
The plaza next to the Plant Recreation Centre, on Preston Street and Somerset Street West, would be named Saigon Square, to commemorate Ottawa’s growing Vietnamese community.
Items approved at today’s Community and Protective Services Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, February 28.