2021: New Year for Reconciliation!

January 8, 2021

Time to make some New Year’s Resolutions!

The start of a new year is a time for reflection on how we can all improve ourselves and be better throughout the new year. The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is calling for the provincial and federal governments to do the same with our New Year’s Resolutions Campaign!

Below is a list of ten priority resolutions that we would like to see our Treaty partners implement in 2021.  Both Manitoba and Canada claim that reconciliation is a priority for them. Now is the time to action those promises by fulfilling our Top Ten Resolutions list:

Engage in meaningful reconciliation with First Nation people by:

4.   Committing to stop undermining First Nations’ fundamental rights, including the right to peacefully protest in order to protect our lands, our water, and our people

5.   Investing in First Nation people and businesses, helping to end centuries of economic apartheid while contributing to economic growth among the youngest growing demographic in the province

Engage in meaningful reconciliation with First Nation people by:

3.   Releasing and implementing a National Action Plan to end systemic violence against Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people, in line with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girl’s Calls for Justice

4.   Ending systemic racism in the RCMP through implementation of strategic planning with consultation with Indigenous leaders or with the creation of an oversight body with Indigenous representation

5.   Honour the TRC’s Calls to Action, including funding for Indigenous languages equivalent to funding for colonial “official” languages

POLL: Let us know which issue matters most to you!