First Voice is in the process of establishing a Language Revitalization Action Circle to advance work on aspects of this Call for Change in conjunction with 6 others.
Related national efforts include MMIWG Call for Justice 2.2. Relevant international human rights standards include UNDRIP Article 13.
Action Area 4: Justice and Human Rights
We envision a city and a province where urban Indigenous people enjoy equal protection of the law and equal access to justice. To realize this vision, First Voice calls on all residents of St. John’s to help advance change in the following ways:
Not Yet Started
Ensure the availability of Indigenous cultural programming within the corrections system.
Seek a formal apology from the provincial government for the legacy of harm that resulted from the exclusion of Indigenous Peoples in the Terms of Union with Canada in 1949. Such an apology must be drafted in full collaboration with all Indigenous groups in the province, including urban Indigenous people, and should become a foundation for establishing a renewed relationship between the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Indigenous Peoples in the province.
Promote and support the implementation of an Indigenous navigator position within the criminal justice and child welfare systems.
Promote and support the availability and use of restorative justice programs.
Promote and support the implementation of Gladue reports in sentencing.
Advocate for the legal recognition of Mi’kmaw, Innu-aimun, and Inuktitut as official languages of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Advocate for the implementation of stronger civilian oversight of police services, including the creation of a Police Oversight Board that is independent of police, civilian-led, politically neutral, and representative of the province’s diverse communities.
Advocate for the adoption and full implementation of UNDRIP at all levels of government.