Background Content

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

New Fiscal Relationship: Backgrounder

January 23, 2018

A New Fiscal Relationship Backgrounder: Ministry of Indigenous Services

Current Challenges

  • Government funding is often short-term, proposal and program-based, and prevents planning and flexibility to respond to local needs
  • Reporting burden; a former Auditor General has reported that communities can be required to file more than 100 reports annually to fulfill funding obligations
  • The Default Prevention and Management Policy is punitive and counterproductive.

The Path Forward

  • Predictable, long-term funding through fair transfers
  • New fiscal relationship based on mutual accountability
  • Different visions of and paths to self-determination respected
  • Indigenous-led programs and services supported by strong Indigenous institutions and governments
  • Flexibility in government responses to meet specific needs