National Chief RoseAnne Archibald is calling for a United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission Special Rapporteur to investigate the crimes and human rights violations associated with residential institutions.
Justice Minister David Lametti announced the appointment of Kimberly Murray to the role of Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites associated with Indian Residential Schools to identify needed measures and recommend a new federal framework to ensure the respectful and culturally appropriate treatment of unmarked graves and burial sites of children at former Residential Institutions.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Calí Tzay has told media he will come to Canada to examine the “overall human rights situation” but stated that he does not have the authority to conduct an investigation or criminal prosecution.
International Criminal Court
The AFN has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate and hold the Imperial Crown, Government of Canada and the Roman Catholic Church accountable for their actions and to seek justice for the crimes against humanity for the victims’ families and the international community.
His Holiness Pope Francis visited Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022 and delivered penitential speeches to Indigenous peoples. He stopped short of denouncing the church’s role in creating systems that spiritually, culturally, emotionally and physically abused and killed First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children, as called for in Call to Action #58.
The AFN continues to focus its advocacy on the needs of Survivors and call for the Pope to rescind the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, which seeded the genocidal process and included Residential Institutions.
The papal visit followed an AFN delegation which attended the Vatican March 28 to April 1, 2022. The Pope offered an apology to the full Indigenous delegation (First Nations, Inuit and Métis). Get details of the papal visit and AFN delegation to the Vatican.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)
Every single person in Canada is responsible for influencing meaningful change.
Many Canadians say they do not know the history of our country. According to a poll released on June 15, 2021 by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, AFN and Abacus Data, only 10 per cent of Canadians were very familiar with the history of the Residential Institution system.
The majority, 76 per cent, said provincial governments should improve school curricula on Residential Institutions and Indigenous history.
The AFN Education Toolkit is a tool to bring together First Nations and non-First Nations people and foster a spirit of cooperation, understanding and action. It is available on Apple Books, Windows, Mac, Chrome, Android, Blackberry, and PDF formats.