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Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

2021 Mandate Letters

January 15, 2021

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) released the full contents of the 2021 Mandate letters for all 36 Ministries of the federal government. The following content was included in all Mandate letters:

  • Many of our most important commitments continue to require a sustained partnership with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, and Indigenous partners, communities and governments.
  • There remains no more important relationship to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples.
  • With respect and dignity, we remain committed to moving forward along the shared path of reconciliation. You, and indeed all ministers, must continue to play a role in helping to advance self-determination, close socio-economic gaps and eliminate systemic barriers facing First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
  • As Minister, I expect you to work in full partnership with Indigenous Peoples and communities to advance meaningful reconciliation.

The following Ministries have no specific priorities identified that are specific to Indigenous people:

  • Ministry of National Revenue
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
  • Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
  • Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
  • Ministry of National Defence
  • Ministry of International Development
  • Minister of Digital Government
  • Minister of Seniors
  • Minster of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

See attached link for those Ministries who have specific priorities identified relating to Indigenous people.