TRC programming and response is a primary concern for the Ron Evans Indigenous Solutions Group.
While the TRC Recommendations were tabled in 2014, no regulations were established to ensure that companies addressed the recommendations, and made the necessary changes to their own operations. As such, acceptance and integration of the recommendations by Canadian businesses has been slow.
But that is soon going to change – as pressure is placed on the government to begin enforcing (or at least encourage) the adoption of the recommendations. In short, TRC 92 calls on businesses to:
Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects.
Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.
Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
To ensure that key TRC recommendations are being addressed and implemented, Ron Evans Indigenous Solutions has partnered with Terry Brown to form R3CON, a company dedicated to bridging the gap between the TRC Calls to Action and true business compliance. And no other company is so uniquely qualified to provide this information, training and certification.