February 22, 2017
The Working Group of Ministers responsible for the review of relevant federal laws, policies, and operational practices
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;
- adhering to international human rights standards, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and
- supporting 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. As its first order of business, the Working Group will develop a rigorous work plan and principles, which will reflect a whole-of-government approach that addresses all Indigenous Peoples.
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