Six people have been appointed to a new federal interim board aimed at advancing reconciliation.
Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild will chair the interim board of directors that will be tasked with developing the National Council for Reconciliation.
Littlechild is a former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that recommended the council as part of its 94 recommendations or Calls to Action.
Max FineDay, Mike DeGagné, Clint Davis, Edith Cloutier, and Jean Teillet will also make up the board of directors.
The board members will spend the next six months talking to stakeholders to come up with recommendations to develop the council and the endowment of a National Reconciliation Trust.
“Reconciliation is not just an Indigenous issue, it’s a Canadian one, and it will take genuine collaboration at all levels to advance this journey,” said Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, in a statement.
Bennett also held a news conference in the foyer of the House of Commons to announce the board.
Littlechild said a lot has been done to promote reconciliation since the TRC released its report in 2015.
“However, there is no coordinating or monitoring mechanism,” he said in a statement. “I look forward with interest to the establishment of a council who will be influential in the increased engagement of the rest of Canada. True reconciliation requires all of us working together.”