The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples final report released

1996
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The Commission’s final report was a five-volume, 4000 page report covering a wide range of issues. It included 440 recommendations, highlighting the need for change in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and Canada as a whole. This change would include acknowledgement and respect for Indigenous cultures, values, and an inherent right to Indigenous self-determination. Implementing this change would have required changing the constitution. In 1998 Canada responded to the report; the federal government emphasized non-constitutional approaches to some issues raised by the report and committed $350 million to support community healing projects, with a special emphasis on addressing the legacy of residential schools.

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