Call to Action # 47: Actions and Commitments

Fed. Govt.


August 17, 2020


Rebuilding First Nations Governance Project

Carleton University – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is funding $2.5 million over six years to support the Rebuilding First Nations Governance project, an investigation into transforming Indian Act governance. Carleton University researcher Frances Abele in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) and project co-founders Satsan (Herb George) of the Centre for First Nations Governance and Catherine MacQuarrie, a fellow with SPPA, tackle perhaps the most intractable issue in Indigenous-Canada relations: how can First Nations work free of Indian Act governance to become fully self-governing within Canada? RFNG is an alliance of First Nation communities and tribal councils, and academic researchers and practitioners, committed to working from the community level up to end Indian Act governance and build alternatives that realize the inherent right to self-government as affirmed in the Constitution Act.

“At the core of this partnership is the understanding that positive change away from the Indian Act must be led by First Nation communities,” said Abele. “The academic and practitioner partners are taking their lead from First Nation priorities, and we build upon the experience of Satsan and his colleagues at the Centre for First Nations Governance.”


February 22, 2017


Review of Laws and Policies

Review of laws and policies related to Indigenous Peoples

Prime Minister Trudeau announced the review of laws and policies related to Indigenous Peoples. The Working Group of Ministers responsible for the review will:

  • examine relevant federal laws, policies, and operational practices to help ensure the Crown is meeting its constitutional obligations with respect to Aboriginal and treaty rights;
  • adhere to international human rights standards, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and
  • support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

The Working Group will work with Indigenous leaders, youth, and experts on various legal and policy questions relating to Indigenous Peoples. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, will chair the Working Group, which will comprise six ministers who have significant responsibilities for the relevant statutes and policies to be reviewed.

  • Supported by the Privy Council Office, the working group will comprise:
    • The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
    • The Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
    • The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Chair)
    • The Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health
    • The Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
    • The Hon. James Gordon Carr, Minister of Natural Resources

What is the status of the Working Group? The Hon. Jody-Wilson Raybould and the Hon Jane Philpott are no longer members of the Liberal Party. The Hon. Domenic LeBlanc is now President of the Privy Council. The Hon.Jean-Yves Duclos is now President of the Treasury Board.


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