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Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee

On Indigenous Peoples' Day—August 1, 2016—President Tsai Ing-wen apologized on behalf of the government to Taiwan's indigenous peoples and announced plans to establish the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee (hereafter referred to as Indigenous Justice Committee), to be chaired by the president herself. The committee will work hand-in-hand with representatives of the various indigenous peoples in pursuit of historical justice.

Meeting

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Subcommittee

Subcommittee on land matters

Tasks

  1. Organize and release information on indigenous peoples and Pingpu ethnic groups regarding the content and scope of their land records, the significance of their land, the history of their relocations, and the course of their interactions with other peoples during different historical periods over the past 400 years.
  2. Organize and release information from different historical periods regarding land use regulations, how indigenous peoples and Pingpu ethnic groups lost their land, and the methods, social milieu, laws, and customs associated with land seizures.
  3. Organize and release information regarding the names, locations, significance, geographical extent, and traditional norms pertaining to indigenous peoples' mythical places of origin, places of ancestral origin, sacred places, hunting grounds, ceremonial sites, geographical extent of gathering activities, and other traditional territories.
  4. Review conflicts between indigenous peoples' traditional territories and current legislation, and propose recommendations for improvements.
Subcommittee on culture

Tasks

  1. Organize and release information from different historical periods regarding the loss of traditional ceremonies, customs, diet, medical health care and religious rituals of indigenous peoples and Pingpu ethnic groups.
  2. Organize and release information on history, myths, customs, taboos and norms pertaining to indigenous peoples' hunting (hunters, hunting tools, and prey); and laws of governing regimes throughout history that have restricted hunting.
  3. Organize and release information on history, myths, customs, taboos and norms pertaining to indigenous peoples' gathering activities; and laws of governing regimes throughout history that had restricted gathering activities.
  4. Review conflicts between indigenous peoples' traditions and current legislation, and propose recommendations for improvements.
Subcommittee on languages

Tasks

  1. Organize information on the history of losing languages of indigenous peoples and Pingpu ethnic groups, measures to ban the use of indigenous languages, processes of which writing systems were developed and eliminated, and efforts to re-establish and preserve indigenous languages. Produce and publish videos or dictionaries of indigenous language.
  2. Propose recommendations regarding methods for preserving indigenous languages.
Subcommittee on history

Tasks

  1. Collect historical records, photographs, documents, and images pertaining to indigenous peoples and Pingpu ethnic groups throughout different historical periods.
  2. Organize and release information from different historical periods pertaining to historic battles of indigenous peoples and Pingpu ethnic groups, and conflicts between different ethnic groups.
  3. Examine the historical of indigenous peoples and Pingpu ethnic groups and make corrections to the Han Chinese people's view of history, and propose recommendations accordingly.
Subcommittee on reconciliation

Tasks

  1. Formulate plans and recommendations regarding the manner of reconciliation, reparations, or compensation between different peoples.
  2. Recommend policies and legislation conducive to reconciliation between different peoples.

I know that even now, there are some around us who see no need to apologize. But that is the most important reason why I am representing the government to issue this apology today.

President Tsai Ing-wen
2016.08.01

To see what was unfair in the past as a matter of course, or to treat the pain of other ethnic peoples as an unavoidable part of human development, this is the first mindset that we, standing here today, resolve to change and overturn.

President Tsai Ing-wen
2016.08.01

The success of one ethnic people can be built on the suffering of another. Unless we deny that we are a country of justice, we must face up to this history. We must tell the truth. And then, most importantly, the government must genuinely reflect on this past. This is why I stand here today.

President Tsai Ing-wen
2016.08.01