Federal government appoints transitional committee as precursor to national council for reconciliation

The Trudeau government has announced a transitional committee that will serve as a forerunner to a national council for reconciliation.

The creation of such a council is amongst the calls to action in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released in 2015.

According to the TRC’s final report, the national council on reconciliation is supposed to serve as an independent body that will monitor and hold parliament accountable on the calls to action.

According to a government press release, the Liberals have appointed an Indigenous-led five-person transitional committee which includes former TRC commissioner Wilton Littlechild.

The release says the committee will work with various provincial and territorial stakeholders as part of forming a legislative framework for the national council on reconciliation.

The government has not set a date for when the transitional committee will finish its work or when the national council on reconciliation will be appointed.

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