Mayor of Sioux Lookout, Doug Lawrance (L)
Sioux Lookout, ON – The Municipality of Sioux Lookout continues to build upon its successful relationships with area First Nations. Council recently adopted the Chief Administrative Officer’s Report on potential Municipal responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report and Calls to Action. The Report identifies various Calls to Action categories and outlines general Municipal directional responses to the identified objectives. At the same meeting, and at Mayor Lawrance’s request, Council endorsed the creation of an ad hoc committee, namely, the Mayor’s Committee on Truth and Reconciliation.
“We, as a Council and as a community, recognize the importance of embracing the calls to action identified in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report, and I’m pleased that Council is supporting local initiatives that will enable the Municipality to take definitive action to help implement the recommendations,” commented Mayor Doug Lawrance, Aug. 10, 2016.
“The Mayor’s Committee on Truth and Reconciliation will help provide initial advice on the development of Terms of Reference for a more formal committee, and will make recommendations on how best to implement the general municipal directional responses developed by staff,” the Mayor continued, adding, “I envision swift action and meaningful implementation of the Municipal responses.”
Commenting on the general municipal directional responses, Municipal CAO Ann Mitchell remarked, “Sioux Lookout values the trust and respect that has developed in recent years with our neighbouring First Nation communities, including the signing of the Friendship Accord, our involvement in the FCM/CANDO First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative, along with many other joint initiatives to support economic growth and community wellness; we see the work to help take meaningful efforts to implement the various Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report as another critical step in this ongoing relationship-building process.”
Mayor Lawrance concluded, “2017 will be a year of celebration and remembrance, marking many important occasions in Canada’s history including the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Sioux Lookout is well positioned to help make new history as we embark on this journey of reconciliation with our First Nations neighbours.”
Municipality Mobilizes on Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action