Manitoba government hasn’t fulfilled reconciliation commitments: auditor

By The Canadian Press

Manitoba’s auditor general says the province has failed to develop a plan to advance reconciliation efforts despite committing to do so in legislation passed six years ago

Tyson Shtykalo says the Progressive Conservative government has not fulfilled one of the main objectives of its Path to Reconciliation Act.

Shtykalo says reconciliation attempts lack cross-government co-ordination and departments have received no direction on how best to promote measures to advance the effort.

His report says of five departments reviewed, only the minister of Indigenous reconciliation and northern relations mentioned significant actions to advance reconciliation in his most recent mandate letter.

The auditor general recommends a strategy for reconciliation be developed as well as mandatory training on the history of Indigenous peoples for all public servants.

The government says it is seeking input from Manitobans with the help of Indigenous groups on how to best develop a plan.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2022.

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