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 Calls for Justice 2.1 and 2.2. Relevant international human rights standards include UNDRIP Article 13.
Action Area 3: Infrastructure and Service Delivery
We envision a city that reflects the histories and cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador and one where members of the urban Indigenous community are able to access essential services free of discrimination. To realize this vision, we call on all residents of St. John’s to help advance change in the following ways:
Not Yet Started
Decolonize the City of St. John’s municipal plan and all related processes, procedures, and policies, including the heritage bylaw.
Work with all levels of government to ensure that National Indigenous Peoples' Day is recognized as an official and statutory holiday.
Promote and support formal Indigenous stewardship of public green spaces in the City of St. John’s, such as parks and gardens.
Establish a highly visible monument in the City of St. John’s to honour the survivors of residential schools and those who never made it home to their families.
Promote and support the availability of Indigenous healing practices and other appropriate cultural programming within the healthcare system.
Decolonize policies and regulations in early childhood education to ensure access to culturally appropriate programming. This must include expanded access to land-based programming for Indigenous children.
Promote and support the establishment of full-time, paid Indigenous advisory positions in essential areas such as health, law, education, engineering, and government services.
Promote and support efforts to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery and other colonialist concepts such as terra nullius.
Ensure that municipal and provincial policymaking is shaped and informed by appropriate demographic data.
Promote and support urban Indigenous participation on critical governance and advisory boards.
Work with healthcare providers and community organizations to ensure that urban Indigenous people are able to access services related to mental health, addictions, and recovery free of discrimination.
Work with the City of St. John’s to Indigenize place names.
Work with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to reclaim Indigenous place names.
Ensure the full implementation of the City of St. John's commitments under Council’s 2020 Declaration in Support of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Promote and support the expansion of interpretation services that are used locally to include Mi’kmaw, Innu-aimun, and Inuktitut.
Promote and support the full participation of Indigenous businesses, including social enterprises, in government procurement processes at both the municipal and provincial levels.