Calls to Action

Government of PEI releases 2023 annual report

The Government of PEI has released its 2023 annual report showing how it is implementing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Calls for Justice of the MMIWG. Conducted through an Indigenous-led process, the 2023 report provides a blended summary and detailed responses to these calls.  It was released ahead of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in Canada, also known as Red Dress Day, on May 5.

Highlights of the report include:

A historic agreement with the Chiefs of Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nations for a housing project in Charlottetown’s Hillsborough Park, providing land to address urban First Nations housing needs and promote economic development within the First Nation community. 

An annual fund of $500,000 to support the Indigenous Working Group in collaborating with the province on work-related to gender-based violence, MMIWG, and the Calls for Justice status report over the next four years.

A $50,000 grant to Sierra Club Canada Foundation (Wild Child PEI) for Llika’Wksitqmuk, a program reconnecting non-reserve Indigenous children with the land using traditional teachings.

A new Allyship module about Mi’kmaq culture and language for teachers, aimed at building intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.

A $97,250 grant for a School Food Program at John J. Sark Memorial School in Lennox Island First Nation.

The opening of the Provincial Correctional Centre Women’s Unit, with a designated area for spiritual practices and cultural ceremonies like smudging.

A $37,500 grant to the Native Council of PEI to study gender-based violence in the off-reserve Indigenous community, ensuring future programs accurately address community needs.

Visit princeedwardisland.ca to read the full report, A Journey Towards Reconciliation – 2023 PEI Status Report on the MMIWG & the TRC Calls.

This year, the Indigenous Relations Secretariat provided training to over 380 decision-makers and senior management in all 12 government departments on the history of residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and reporting on TRC Calls to Action and MMIWG Calls for Justice.