Creative Manitoba at the 2nd Annual Signing Ceremony for Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord
On June 20, 2018 Arlea Ashcroft (Indigenous Programs Manager) signed Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord on behalf of Creative Manitoba.
Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord is a living document to guide our shared commitment to the Journey of Reconciliation in Winnipeg, rooted in the TRC 94 Calls to Action and guided by the commitments and principles contained in the Accord.
Creative Manitoba’s commitment is a shared future rooted in truth, harmony and generosity. We are committed to Calls to Action: 13, 14, 57, 62 and 83.
13. We call upon the federal government to acknowledge
that Aboriginal rights include Aboriginal language
14. We call upon the federal government to enact an
Aboriginal Languages Act that incorporates the
i. Aboriginal languages are a fundamental and valued
element of Canadian culture and society, and there
is an urgency to preserve them.
ii. Aboriginal language rights are reinforced by the
iii. The federal government has a responsibility to
provide sufficient funds for Aboriginal-language
revitalization and preservation.
iv. The preservation, revitalization, and strengthening
of Aboriginal languages and cultures are best
managed by Aboriginal people and communities.
v. Funding for Aboriginal language initiatives must
reflect the diversity of Aboriginal languages.
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 skillsbased
training in intercultural competency, conflict
resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
62. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial
governments, in consultation and collaboration with
Survivors, Aboriginal peoples, and educators, to:
i. Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential
schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical
and contemporary contributions to Canada a
mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten
to Grade Twelve students.
ii. Provide the necessary funding to post-secondary
institutions to educate teachers on how to integrate
Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into
iii. Provide the necessary funding to Aboriginal schools
to utilize Indigenous knowledge and teaching
methods in classrooms.
iv. Establish senior-level positions in government at the
assistant deputy minister level or higher dedicated to
Aboriginal content in education.
83. We call upon the Canada Council for the Arts to
establish, as a funding priority, a strategy for Indigenous
and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative
projects and produce works that contribute to the