February 22, 2017
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.