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July 15, 2024


Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs and Canada sign Funding Agreement to restore self-government on ancestral lands

NationTalk: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – Gitanyow, British Columbia — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada The Gitanyow Nation, as represented by the Simgigyet’m Gitanyow (Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs) and the Government of Canada recently signed a Funding Agreement, marking a significant step forward in restoring Gitanyow’s inherent right of self-government. For Gitanyow Nation,...

July 11, 2024


Poilievre promises less interference, more economic control in speech to Assembly of First Nations

Conservative leader made remarks during first in-person speech to AFN since becoming leader CBC News: Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre made his first in-person speech to the Assembly of First Nations Thursday, promising the chiefs gathered in Montreal to reduce the federal government’s role in their lives and give them more say over their economic future.  “I’m not here...

July 9, 2024


How Do BC’s Two Treaty Breakthroughs Change the Landscape?

A wave of less extensive reconciliation agreements also ‘raise all boats,’ say experts. The Tyee: There was an unmistakable air of celebration in Terrace last month as representatives descended on the small northern city to mark two historic treaties with First Nations. At back-to-back events on June 24 and 25, leaders with Kitselas and Kitsumkalum...

June 26, 2024


‘Pivotal moment’: Trudeau and Tsilhqotʼin nation celebrate anniversary of land ruling

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, second left, and his son Hadrien, 10, walk with Chief Roger William, left, and Chief Otis Guichon, front right, as they arrive for community celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Tsilhqot’in decision, in Nemaiah Valley, B.C., on Wednesday, June 26, 2024. In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada granted...

June 18, 2024


Truth and Reconciliation commissioner recalls dilemma over cultural genocide finding

Marie Wilson mixes memoir and TRC history in new book CBC Indigenous: The residential school survivor’s reference to genocide came on a cool October day in 2011, Marie Wilson recalls. The phrase was short and direct but raised a dilemma for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). “This was cultural genocide against my people,” the Mi’kmaw...

June 8, 2024


A judge, a jock and a journalist walk into a hotel

EXCERPTED WITH PERMISSION FROM “NORTH OF NOWHERE: SONG OF A TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSIONER” BY MARIE WILSON, COPYRIGHT 2024 HOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS. Commission chairman Justice Murray Sinclair, centre, with fellow commissioner Marie Wilson, right. Toronto Star: In “North of Nowhere: Song of a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner,” one of the three TRC commissioners recounts...

June 6, 2024


Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation included in Ottawa Indigenous peoples centre

Five years after hunger strike, the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation signs an agreement with the federal government to be part of a centre APTN News: A former grand chief of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation says better late than never after the tribal council signed an agreement with the federal government to be part of an Indigenous...

June 3, 2024


Statement by the Prime Minister on National Indigenous History Month

NationTalk: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Indigenous History Month: “Today, as we mark the first day of National Indigenous History Month, we celebrate the cultures, languages, knowledge, histories, and traditions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. Indigenous Peoples have been the stewards and caretakers of Canada’s lands and waters...

May 30, 2024


Change in electoral ridings in Yukon getting mixed reviews

Commission suggests reducing two rural ridings while adding two new ridings in Whitehorse APTN News: The Yukon Electoral District Boundaries Commission’s proposal to change the territory’s electoral ridings is receiving mixed reactions. Earlier this month, the commission submitted an interim report to the Yukon Legislative Assembly. The commission is required to review existing electoral districts...

May 24, 2024


A new recreation centre is coming to Abegweit First Nation

From: Infrastructure Canada NationTalk: Scotchfort, Prince Edward Island — A new recreation centre will be built in Scotchfort after a combined investment of $17 million through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program from the federal government and the Government of Prince Edward Island. This was announced by Minister Lawrence MacAulay, MLA Sidney MacEwen, and...

May 2, 2024


Advancing reconciliation with a new Commissioner for Modern Treaty Implementation

NationTalk: Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples is our most important one. As partners with the original inhabitants and stewards of Canada’s lands and waters, we know that we need to make good on our commitments and responsibilities. This starts with trust, transparency, and accountability. As part of Canada’s constitutional framework, Modern Treaties have been fundamental...

May 1, 2024


Ottawa commits another $187M to ‘shed colonial habits’ and help more First Nations assume control of land

The federal government has signed a five-year funding agreement worth more than $187 million to help more First Nations assume governance of reserve lands and their natural resources. By Joy SpearChief-MorrisOttawa Bureau The Toronto Star: OTTAWA — The federal government has signed a five-year funding agreement worth more than $187 million to help more First Nations...

April 23, 2024


A Fairer Future for Every Generation of Indigenous Peoples

NationTalk: When Indigenous Peoples succeed, Canada succeeds. A fairer future for every generation of Indigenous Peoples includes better access to health care, housing, post-secondary education, and good-paying jobs. With renewed Nation-to-Nation, Government-to-Government, and Inuit-Crown relationships, we are creating thousands of jobs, generating economic opportunity for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, and closing the housing...

April 19, 2024


The Five Canada-wide Cultural Heritage Organizations Are Disappointed by Federal Budget 2024

NationTalk: In a federal budget appropriately focused on creating new housing, advancing Indigenous self-determination, combatting hate, and creating a clean economy, there is an unfortunate lack of recognition of the role cultural heritage places and existing buildings play in creating housing, wellbeing, and supporting a green economy. The five Canada-wide cultural heritage organizations – Canadian...

April 19, 2024


Trudeau government’s budget gives more taxing power to Indigenous communities

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the federal budget this week to open a door that Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has already signalled he’s ready to walk through: giving Indigenous communities more power to levy taxes. Toronto Star: OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the federal budget this week to open a door that Conservative...

April 17, 2024


Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke and Canada Forge a New Path Together on Governance, Land and Economic Development

NationTalk: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) and the Government of Canada have taken a significant step towards strengthening their relationship and promoting self-determination for the Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke. Today, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed, outlining the relationship between the parties and the shared objective of...

April 16, 2024


Budget 2024: Safe Indigenous Communities

The legacy of colonialism has meant that Indigenous communities have long been without Indigenous-led policing and justice. To correct past wrongs, it is essential that better Indigenous-led policing, justice, and emergency services are developed, guided by input from communities on what they need. Indigenous Peoples have been underrepresented in policing, which has meant policing is...

April 16, 2024


Budget 2024: Advancing Economic Reconciliation

An economy that is fair for everyone is one where everyone is able to fully participate. That hasn’t always been the case, especially for Indigenous Peoples. The history of discrimination faced in communities has meant that, for too long, Indigenous Peoples were left behind and could not fully participate in the Canadian economy. With Budget...

April 16, 2024


Feds promise $9B in the budget, includes opt-in tax program, loan guarantees

APTN News: The federal government is proposing an opt-in tax collection system for First Nation communities that will collect money for fuel, alcohol, cannabis, tobacco and vaping products according to Budget 2024 that was tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday. “A fair fiscal relationship means supporting an Indigenous tax jurisdiction that advances self-determination...

April 16, 2024


A Fair Future for Indigenous Peoples

From: Department of Finance Canada Backgrounder A fair Canada is one where the government continues making meaningful progress in the journey of reconciliation by working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples. The federal government continues to prioritize its responsibility to help ensure First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities have what they need to grow and succeed on...

April 9, 2024


The Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation and Canada sign a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a clear territorial consultation area and facilitate the stewardship of resource deployment.

NationTalk: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – Grand Chief Jacques Tremblay of the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation (WWFN) and the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Consultation and Accommodation. Consultation protocols are established with Indigenous groups to determine the process to be...

April 8, 2024


The IBA Welcomes The Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in Dickson v Vuntut Gwitchin

NationTalk: OTTAWA, ONT – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) welcomes the recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Court”) in Dickson v Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, 2024 SCC 10 (“Dickson”). In particular, the IBA applauds the Court’s affirmation that the residency requirement section of Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation’s (“VGFN’s”) Constitution...

April 3, 2024


The Nation Micmac de Gespeg and the Government of Canada announce the signing of the Rights and Reconciliation Agreement with respect to Forillon National Park

NationTalk: Parks Canada – The Agreement provides for the establishment of a shared governance framework between the Nation Micmac de Gespeg and Parks Canada for joint initiatives and activities in Forillon National Park The Government of Canada is committed to a process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples with an aim to renew relationships with them...

March 28, 2024


Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation responds to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to uphold and protect our First Nation’s Constitution, Treaty and Self-Government rights

NationTalk: The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation welcomes today’s decision of the Supreme Court of Canada. The Court upheld and protected the responsibility for Vuntut Gwitchin leaders elected to Council to live within our Traditional Territory in the community of Old Crow, which is the seat of our government. This responsibility was established in our Constitution...

March 28, 2024


Collective rights of Indigenous communities trump individual Charter rights in some cases, Supreme Court rules

The Globe and Mail: Self-governing Indigenous communities have a constitutional right to protect their cultural differences – a collective right that trumps individual rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The court split three ways in a ruling that broke new legal ground on two issues:...

March 22, 2024


‘We have to try’: Ottawa, Manitoba commit $40M to search landfill for slain women

The money is to go toward a search of the privately owned Prairie Green landfill north of Winnipeg, where the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran are believed to be. By Brittany Hobson and Steve Lambert The Canadian Press Toronto Star – The Canadian Press – WINNIPEG – Families of two slain First Nations women received...

March 6, 2024


Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and Canada move forward on reconciliation as Treaty Partners

Taking care: We recognize this news release may contain information that is difficult for many and that our efforts to honour Survivors and families may act as an unwelcome reminder for those who have suffered hardships through generations of government policies that were harmful to Indigenous Peoples A national residential school crisis line offers emotional...

February 23, 2024


Premier Kinew and Minister Vandal announce support for the Arctic Gateway Group in northern Manitoba

NationTalk: Today in Churchill, Premier Wab Kinew and Dan Vandal, minister for PrairiesCan announced a joint investment of up to $60 million to the Arctic Gateway Group (AGG). This combined funding from the governments of Canada and Manitoba will finish work on the Hudson Bay Railway, start to redevelop the Port of Churchill, and further...

February 15, 2024


Manitoba premier says he’s confident landfill search for remains will start this year

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Manitoba Wab Kinew shake hands at a news conference in Winnipeg on Thursday. Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTN.  CBC Indigenous: Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew said Thursday he is confident a landfill search for the remains of two slain First Nations women will begin this year, while the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said...

February 15, 2024


Haida Nation recognition Bill making its way through the Senate first

“Our people recognized our inherent right to govern our lands and waters in a good way, to steward and speak for the beings and the supernaturals, and to uphold our inherent responsibility to care for our homelands.” —Council of the Haida Nation President Gaagwiis (Jason Aslop) Council of the Haida Nation President Gaagwiis (Jason Aslop)...

February 14, 2024


Budget 2024 must stand up the Indigenous loan guarantee program

So far, Ontario and Alberta’s programs have unlocked $1.5 billion in equity investments By Sharleen Gale, Willie Sellers, Priscilla Mueller, Andrew John, Darrell Beaulieu| NationTalk: The Hub – With the legal implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, a paradigm shift is underway around how governments and industry successfully advance natural...

February 1, 2024


Chair of Ministerial Working Group on Regulatory Efficiency for Clean Growth Projects issues statement

NationTalk: Privy Council Office, Ottawa, Ontario – Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and Seniors, and Chair of the Ministerial Working Group on Regulatory Efficiency for Clean Growth Projects, issued the following statement: “An efficient and effective review process for clean energy, critical minerals, transportation and other major projects is essential. It keeps...

January 6, 2024


Statement by Minister Anandasangaree, Minister Vandal and Minister Hajdu on the Eighth Anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report

Originally posted on Dec. 18, 2023 Statement NationTalk: Ottawa, Ontario, Unceded Algonquin Traditional Territory – December 15, 2023 – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada The Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, issued the following statement to...

December 8, 2023


Manon Jeannotte from First Nation in Gaspé appointed Quebec lieutenant governor

‘The priority has always been reconciliation,’ says Jeannotte CBC Indigenous: Manon Jeannotte, who hails from the Mi’kmaq First Nation of Gespeg on the province’s Gaspé Peninsula, has been named the new lieutenant-governor of Quebec. “It’s a source of pride, a recognition,” Jeannotte told Radio-Canada, thanking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for appointing her to the position. ...

November 20, 2023


Second meeting between leaders of national Indigenous organizations and federal, provincial and territorial ministers of Indigenous Affairs concludes in Ottawa

First Peoples Law Report: OTTAWA, UNCEDED ALGONQUIN TERRITORY, ON – On November 15th and 16th, 2023, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, federal Minister of Indigenous Services, and the Honourable Arlene Dunn, Minister of Indigenous Affairs for New Brunswick, together, in Ottawa, convened the second meeting between leaders of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and the Métis...

October 20, 2023


Senate Gives First Nations Gaming Bill a Second Reading

NationTalk: CasinoReports – This week, Senator Scott Tannas’ Bill S-268 has progressed for a second reading in the Senate. If passed, the legislation would grant First Nations the opportunity to license, conduct, and manage gambling operations on reserves. The legislation was initially tabled in June 2023, and Mr. Tannas who has never sponsored a bill...

October 11, 2023


Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and Government of Canada sign historic Framework Agreement, a milestone in delivering housing and infrastructure services in Mi’kmaw communities

NationTalk: Indigenous Services Canada — Millbrook First Nation, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People, Nova Scotia — Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM)The Government of Canada recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ inherent right to self-determination and supports the right of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis to independently deliver services...

October 4, 2023


Feds announce $740K to further study Winnipeg-area landfill search

Crown-Indigenous Relations feels the search ‘would be complex yet feasible and could be done while ensuring the health and safety of those involved.’ Winnipeg police believe two First Nations women are buried in the Prairie Green landfill located north of the city. Photo: Jesse Andrushko/APTN.  APTN News: The federal government announced Wednesday it is providing...

September 13, 2023


Government of Canada honours Indigenous soldiers in the Netherlands

NationTalk: Veterans Affairs Canada – The full story of Canada’s long military history includes many contributions from First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. They sacrificed so much to safeguard our peace and freedom—we owe it to them to ensure they get the recognition they deserve. Earlier this year, a group of Canadian, Indigenous and Dutch...

September 10, 2023


Federal government apologizes to Williams Lake First Nation for illegal settlement of its lands

First Nation had received $135M settlement in 2022, after legal fight over illegal occupation of village site CBC News: The federal government issued an official apology to the Williams Lake First Nation, located in central B.C., a year after a $135-million settlement was reached over illegal settlement of its village lands. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree...

September 6, 2023


Deb Haaland, first Indigenous member of U.S. cabinet, meets counterparts in Ottawa

Haaland on Jan. 20 at the Capitol building in Washington ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration. Photo: Twitter  APTN News: The Canadian Press – The first-ever Indigenous member of the U.S. cabinet is in Canada to talk about how best to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis Inuit communities across the continent. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, a...

September 5, 2023


Robinson Huron Waawiidamaagewin gathering full of teachings, activities

Robinson Huron Treaty Chiefs gathered in Sudbury, Ont., with federal and provincial governments on June 17. – Photo by Marci Becking NationTalk: AnishinabekNews.ca:G ARDEN RIVER — A Treaty Renewal Ceremony is being held on Sept. 9 at the GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie as part of the Robinson Huron Treaty 1850 Gathering. Held...

July 26, 2023


Cabinet Shuffle: Crucial Issues for First Nations to Continue with New Ministers

NationTalk: WENDAKE, QC, July 26, 2023 – In response to the federal cabinet shuffle, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) would like to remind Justin Trudeau’s government of the importance of continuing to advance certain crucial files, such as First Nations police services, housing and infrastructure as well as the implementation of the First...

July 17, 2023


Work to replace Indian Act is ongoing, feds say

Process being done in consultation with Indigenous people By Richard Hutton Niagara This Week – Welland NationTalk: Niagarathisweek.com: Calls for the Indian Act to be repealed and replaced are not new, but the big issue is how to go about it, a spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada says. “There is no clear consensus on a way forward...

July 12, 2023


Canada supports Indigenous wellness and culture feasibility studies in New Brunswick to advance self-determination and reconciliation

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada NationTalk: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – Today, Chief George Ginnish from the Natoaganeg First Nation; Chief Ross Perley from Neqotkuk First Nation; and The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations, announced $150,000 in funding provided through the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program. These funds will...

July 12, 2023


Delegation from the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Nation meets with His Majesty King Charles III First meeting between this Indigenous Nation and the Sovereign since 1860

NationTalk: HOLYROODHOUSE PALACE – The first delegation in over 160 years from the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Nation (Mississauga Nation) had a meeting with His Majesty King Charles III during a Garden Party held at Holyroodhouse Place in Edinburgh, Scotland. At the King’s direction, the delegation was the first to be presented to His Majesty during...

July 11, 2023


Premiers meeting in Winnipeg starts with discussion with Indigenous leaders

Heather Stefanson, Chair, Council of the Federation, and Premier of Manitoba talks with David Chartrand, Manitoba Metis Federation president, at the Canadian premiers and National Indigenous Organizations meeting in Winnipeg, Monday, July 10, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods NationTalk: Canada’s premiers kicked off their annual three-day conference Monday by meeting with Indigenous leaders on issues...

June 22, 2023


An important step in upholding the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada

NationTalk: Department of Justice Canada – June 21, 2023: The implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UN Declaration Act) will build a better, more equitable future for both Canada and Indigenous peoples. Together with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, we are moving forward and honoring nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and...

June 12, 2023


Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces a judicial appointment in the province of Ontario

NationTalk: Department of Justice Canada – The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the...

May 31, 2023


New framework agreement with feds a ‘game plan’ for Kitcisakik

The Anicinape community plans to relocate for access to running water, electricity.  The Anicinape community of Kitcisakik in western Quebec and the federal government have signed a framework agreement to formalize their nation-to-nation relationship. “The framework agreement that we’re signing today is an important step for all the partners here to advance a word that often rolls easily off people’s lips called ‘reconciliation’....

May 17, 2023


Northern Development Ministers’ Forum Focuses on Economic Reconciliation through Action

NationTalk: CHURCHILL, MAN.—Ministers representing Canada’s northern jurisdictions gathered this week in Churchill, Man. for the 2023 Northern Development Ministers’ Forum (NDMF). Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt hosted this year’s forum, which focused on learning from successful examples of economic reconciliation through action across the country. “Manitoba was honoured to welcome our...

May 7, 2023


Trudeau says Charles is ‘deeply aligned’ with Canadian priorities on environment, reconciliation

Canadian envoy in London says ‘serious discussion’ underway about potential royal visit CBC News: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he think Canada’s new head of state is aligned with the priorities of many Canadians on issues like the environment and reconciliation with Indigenous people. Trudeau and a group of other Canadians — including Gov. Gen. Mary...

May 4, 2023


National Indigenous leaders hope to renew relationship with Crown after meeting King Charles

Meeting was arranged by Canada’s first Indigenous governor general ahead of Charles III’s coronation CBC News: National Indigenous leaders say their historic meeting with King Charles on Thursday, two days before his coronation, marks the beginning of a new chapter in the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples. This was the first time a...

April 9, 2023


Budget 2023: Advancing Reconciliation

Budget 2023 commits $4,096M to Indigenous Nations as follows: Budget Item (Millions) 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2027-28 2028-29 Total Self-Determination and prosperity for Indigenous People 0 111 22 21 10 10 $173 Investing in Indigenous Communities Indigenous Health Priorities $0 $534 $76 $76 $70 $70 $827M MMIWG National Action Plan $2 $21 $31 $28 $21...

April 4, 2023


Governor General wants leaders to meet King

Toronto Star: Gov. Gen. Mary Simon wants Indigenous leaders to meet with King Charles to reset their relationship with the Crown, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said Monday. Speaking to chiefs gathered in Ottawa, RoseAnne Archibald said she meets frequently with Simon, who is the first Indigenous person to hold the...

December 16, 2022


Canada continues to support Indigenous groups across the country to advance self-determination and rebuild their nations

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada: As part of Canada’s work to renew relationships with Indigenous Peoples, the Government will support Indigenous groups working to rebuild their nations or Inuit communities—in a manner that responds to their unique needs and priorities. This was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and is...

December 13, 2022


Access to Information review’s final report including “What we Heard report on Indigenous Consultations

Treasury Board of Canada: Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, tabled the Government’s report on the Access to Information Review in Parliament: “Access to information (ATI) is essential for our democracy and must reflect all citizen’s expectations for accessible, timely and trustworthy information. Given the importance of this review, the Government...

December 9, 2022


Minister Wilkinson Releases Canada’s $3.8-billion Critical Minerals Strategy to Seize Generational Opportunity for Clean, Inclusive Growth

Natural Resources Canada: Critical minerals are not just the building blocks of clean technology like solar panels and electric vehicle batteries – they are a key ingredient for creating middle class jobs and growing a strong, globally competitive Canadian economy. The move toward a global net-zero economy is generating a significant increase in demand for...

November 30, 2022


AMC, SCO, MKO and AFN Regional Office Respond to Meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

NationTalk: Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) and the Assembly of First Nations Manitoba Regional Office issue this statement in response to the meeting held with Prime Minister Trudeau that was hosted on November 29, 2022, to discuss national and regional...

October 27, 2022


MPs back motion calling on government to recognize residential schools program as genocide

A motion from NDP MP Leah Gazan passed with unanimous consent CBC: Members of Parliament gave unanimous consent Thursday in favour of a motion calling on the federal government to recognize Canada’s residential schools as genocide. Leah Gazan, the NDP member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, introduced the motion following Question Period Thursday afternoon. Gazan brought forward a similar motion in...

October 1, 2022


Canada and Anishinabek First Nations commemorate historic milestone on self-government agreement

NationTalk: October 1, 2022 —Nipissing First Nation, Robinson Huron Treaty Territory ON — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Anishinabek Nation Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, joined Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Reg Niganobe, Chief Lloyd Myke of Magnetawan First Nation, Gimaa Kwe Rhonda Williams-Lovett of Moose Deer Point First...

August 26, 2022


Survivors’ Flag raising on Parliament Hill by residential school survivors, the National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation, and the Honourable Marc Miller

WINNIPEG — Residential school Survivors and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) will be joined by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations for the raising of the Survivors’ Flag on Parliament Hill. Once raised, the flag will fly for two years. Survivors, the NCTR and Minister Miller will make themselves available...

August 24, 2022


Canada and Aotearoa-New Zealand sign Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement

Indigenous Services Canada: Wellington, New Zealand – Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, issued the following statement on the Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement signed by Canada and Aotearoa-New Zealand: “Alongside an inspiring all-women Indigenous delegation, I am honoured to sign this Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement on behalf of the Government of Canada, which formalizes Canada...

May 11, 2022


22nd anniversary of the Nisga’a Final Agreement: Canada’s First Modern Treaty

Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, British Columbia Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government NationTalk: The governments of Canada, British Columbia and the Nisg̱a’a Nation are commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the signing of British Columbia’s first modern Treaty, the Nisg̱a’a Final Agreement. The anniversary is being commemorated this week at the...

April 25, 2022


Hudson’s Bay Company transfers former flagship store to Southern Chiefs’ Organization

A Winnipeg landmark Rich in Symbolism Comes Under Indigenous Control New York Times: The bay announced that it was giving the property and the building to Southern Chiefs Organization, which represents 34 Manitoba First Nations. Having secured about 100 million Canadian dollars in funding, the majority from the federal government, the Southern Chiefs have ambitious...

April 7, 2022


Budget 2022 invests $11B in Indigenous reconciliation initiatives

Budget 2022 proposes to invest $11 billion over six years to continue to support Indigenous children and families, and to help Indigenous communities continue to grow and shape the`ir futures through the following initiatives: Child Welfare: ($4,297M) $4.017B to support long-term reforms to improve implementation of Jordan’s principle $280M over 5 years to support implementation...

March 3, 2022


Pursuing legislative solution to end impact of enfranchisement under the Indian Act

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Juristes Power Law, who represent the plaintiffs in the Nicholas v Canada (Attorney General), are pleased to announce that they have reached a mutual agreement to put the litigation on hold while working to pursue a legislative solution to end the ongoing impact of enfranchisement under...

December 14, 2021


2021 Fall Economic Statement

Government of Canada: This fiscal update includes a provision to settle the cases on harm to First Nation children currently before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and to invest in transforming the services offered to First Nation children and their families. We have provisioned $20 billion for compensation and $20 billion to improve the system...

December 10, 2021


Second Annual (2021) Statutory Report

Release of “Second Annual (2021) Statutory Report Pursuant to Section 10 of the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Act, Statutes of Canada, Chapter 29, 2019”. The report covers the period between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 and emphasizes that the government’s path to reconciliation is guided by the: Report of the...

August 14, 2021


Indigenous Community Infrastructure Fund

Federal Government announced an investment of $4.3 billion over four years for the Indigenous Community Infrastructure Fund. Starting in 2021-22, this fund will support immediate demands, as prioritized by Indigenous partners. This includes: $2.709 billion to support First Nations on reserve $517.7 million to support Self-Government and Modern Treaty Partners $517.8 million to support Inuit...

July 6, 2021


Appointment of Mary Simon as Governor-General of Canada

Appointment of Mary Simon as Canada’s 30th Governor General since Confederation. Mary Simon (Ningiukudluk) is an Inuk born in Kangisualuujjuaq, Nunavik (Quebec). She is an advocate for Inuit rights and culture in Canada. She has represented the Inuit to the Canadian government and the United Nations, including work that led to the Inuit people’s inclusion...

April 24, 2021


National Dialogue on Indigenous Health

The Third National Dialogue on Indigenous Health – Federal Government announced specific funding allocations of $126.7 million over three years, first announced in Budget 2021, to support efforts to address racism in Canada’s health systems. This includes: $33.3 million to improve access to culturally safe services, with a focus on services for Indigenous women, 2SLGBTQQIA+...

April 19, 2021


2021 Speech from the Throne

We will invest more than $18 billion to further narrow gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, support healthy, safe, and prosperous Indigenous communities, and advance reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation. We will invest more than $6 billion for infrastructure in Indigenous communities, and $2.2 billion to help end the national tragedy...

October 30, 2020


First Annual (2020) Statutory Report

Release of “First Annual (2020) Statutory Report Pursuant to Section 10 of the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Act, Statutes of Canada, Chapter 29, 2019“. The Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Act came into force on July 15, 2019 and established CIRNAC, while the Department of Indigenous Services Act established ISC....

October 16, 2020


Emergency Meeting on Heath

After the death of Joyce Echaquan at a hospital in Québec, the Government of Canada convened an urgent meeting with provincial and territory health officials and National Indigenous organizations with the following objectives: to listen to lived experiences of Indigenous people and health care professionals regarding systemic racism in federal, provincial and territorial health systems...

September 1, 2020


Pandemic Commitments

Throughout the pandemic, the Government has made it a priority to support Indigenous communities, which has helped contain the spread of COVID-19 and kept people safe. That is something the Government will continue to do. The Government will walk the shared path of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and remain focused on implementing the commitments made...

December 5, 2019


2019 Speech from the Throne

AFN – “This is the first Throne Speech to include a section on ‘Reconciliation’: take action to co-develop and introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the first year of the new mandate; continue the work of eliminating all long-term drinking water advisories on reserve by 2021,...

January 11, 2019


Directive on Civil Litigation

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, issued the Directive on Civil Litigation Involving Indigenous Peoples. The Directive will guide the Government of Canada’s legal approaches, positions and decisions taken in civil litigation involving Aboriginal and treaty rights, and the Crown’s obligation towards Indigenous peoples. This is to ensure the...

November 28, 2018


M”kmaw Nation Rights

Ottawa is committed to advancing the Mi’kmaw Nation and recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ inherent right to self-determination, a key federal official told a First Nations self-governance summit in Halifax Wednesday. The three-day event, which wraps up Thursday, is focused on finding a pathway to nationhood for Indigenous Peoples in the Atlantic region known as Mi’kma’ki....

November 14, 2018


Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Frwamework

The Liberal government won’t be tabling legislation to create its promised Federal Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework this fall as previously planned. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office, which has the lead on the file, issued a statement saying work would continue to develop the framework to enshrine Section 35 rights in the...

August 21, 2018


Open Letter to PM Trudeau

CBC – Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, now director of the University of British Columbia’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, Wilton Littlechild, former commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Ed John, grand chief of the First Nations Summit Task Group in B.C., sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau calling for a reset...

May 24, 2018


dermiNation Moving Beyond the Indian Act

The first Indigenous-led summit to explore moving beyond the Indian Act closed today with a strong call for First Nations to exercise their self-determination and to forge a new path for their people. “We have heard loud and clear that moving beyond the Indian Act must start at the community level with the full engagement...

May 23, 2018


dermiNation Moving Beyond the Indian Act

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and Osgoode Law School have collaborated to organize the first-ever Indigenous-led summit that will bring together leaders to create a plan for moving beyond the Indian Act. “determiNation” is described as a national conference to plan for a new relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples based on rights, recognition and reconciliation....

May 16, 2018


First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FNMA) and the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (FA)

“Our Lands, Our Jurisdiction, Our Institutions: First Nations Leading the Way” First Nations who have chosen to work beyond the Indian Act are coming together to set the stage for the next generation of First Nations led initiatives that will support our jurisdiction and expanded government powers for Indigenous communities. Currently 276 First Nations, from...

April 13, 2018


Speech to BC Business Council

Perhaps most importantly, however, a shift to recognition of rights, including Indigenous self-determination and the inherent right of self-government, means that Canada will be an active supporter in the building and re-building of Indigenous nations and governments. We will finally be active partners in supporting Indigenous Nations and governments as they do the work of...

February 14, 2018


Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the government will develop in full partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people a new recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights framework that will include new ways to recognize and implement Indigenous rights. This will include new recognition and implementation of rights legislation. Going forward recognition of rights will...

December 4, 2017


ISC Health Priorities

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has officially been given responsibility for overseeing the delivery of First Nations and Inuit health services. Key priorities of the new Ministry of Indigenous Services Canada: Improving Health outcomes Quality Education Child & Family Services Reliable Infrastructure, including Housing & Water A New Fiscal Relationship...

August 28, 2017


New INAC organization

New INAC organization: Carolyn Bennett is now Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and former Health Minister Jane Philpott will become the Minister of Indigenous Services (recommendation from Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1996). The current Indigenous Affairs Department will be dissolved through legislation to end the Indian Act...

June 12, 2017


Common Statement of Shared Health Priorities

Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities: Acknowledges the commitment of federal, provincial and territorial governments to continue working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to improve access to health services and health outcomes of Indigenous peoples and discuss progress. https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/documents/corporate/transparency_229055456/health-agreements/principles-shared-health-priorities.pdf...

February 15, 2017


First Nations Economic Reconciliation

Expanding the Circle: First Nations Economic Reconciliation – Presented by National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB), in partnership with the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Public Policy Forum (PPF). Economic reconciliation means ensuring that Indigenous Peoples are not excluded from participating in and benefitting from Canada’s...

June 10, 2016


First Annual Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Indigenous Forum

Discussed the next steps in the permanent bilateral mechanism process. Commit to three cabinet level meetings per year including one with PM. Funding to establish mechanisms for bilateral meetings with each of the three national indigenous groups: Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council and Inuit Tapariit Kaanatami...

December 15, 2015


Release of TRC Final Report

Release of the TRC Final report https://nctr.ca/reports2.php...

December 8, 2015


Address to AFN National Assembly

Address to the AFN National Assembly – Promise to implement all 94 C2A + remove 2% funding cap, review legislation introduced by Harper Government, commitment to a renewed relationship (i.e. Nation-to-Nation) with Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit...

June 2, 2015


Release of TRC Summary Report

Releae of “Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”...

June 11, 2008


PM Harper Apology

Issued a formal apology for the Residential School system https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100015644/1100100015649...

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