Sectors and Regions

Organization and Responsibilities

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) supports Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to improve social well-being and economic prosperity; develop healthier, more sustainable communities and participate more fully in Canada's political, social and economic development – to the benefit of all Canadians.

The Department is divided into 9 sectors and 10 regions, as illustrated in the diagram below.

Organization chart of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Deputy Minister, Hélène Laurendeau Associate Deputy Minister, Diane Lafleur Treaties and Aboriginal Government, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister Joe Wild Policy and Strategic Direction, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister Françoise Ducros Education and Social Development, Programs and Partnerships, Assistant Deputy Minister Paula Isaak Chief Financial Officer, Paul Thoppil Lands and Economic Development, Assistant Deputy Minister Sheilagh Murphy Resolution and Individual Affairs, Assistant Deputy Minister Joëlle Montminy Regional Operations, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister Lynda Clairmont Northern Affairs Organization, Assistant Deputy Minister Stephen M. Van Dine Communications, Acting Director General Shirley Anne Off Human Resources and Workplace Services, Director General Maryse Pesant Audit and Evaluation Sector, Chief Executive, Anne Scotton Corporate Secretariat, Corporate Secretary, David Dendooven Legal Services, Senior General Counsel and Head of Legal Services, Alain Lafontaine Indian Oil and Gas Canada, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Strater Crowfoot Regional Offices Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, Executive Director Shelley Trevethan

Responsibilities by sector:

Audit and Evaluation Sector

  • Assessment, Investigation, Audit and Assurance Services
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Evaluation, Performance Measurement and Review
  • Liaison with the Office of the Auditor General and Office of the Comptroller General
  • AADNC Audit and Evaluation Committee

Chief Financial Officer

  • Departmental finances and resources
  • Departmental information management and information technology
  • Departmental assets, materiel and procurement

Communication Branch

  • Media Relations
  • Public Outreach
  • National Aboriginal Day
  • Communication Products and Events
  • Web and multimedia

Corporate Secretariat

  • Portfolio coordination
  • Access to Information and Privacy
  • Executive and Ministerial services
  • Indian and Inuit Art program
  • Values and ethics, conflict of interest, post-employment
  • Conflict resolution services
  • Workplace disclosures and allegations and complaints
  • Staff Ombudsman services

Education and Social Development Programs and Partnerships

  • Education Policy and Programs
  • Social Policy and Programs
  • Partnerships, especially with regard to Education and Social Policies and Programs

Human Resources and Workplace Services

  • Human resources management
  • Accommodation and telecommunication management
  • Security and emergency management

Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat

Lands and Economic Development

  • Economic opportunities
  • Employment opportunities
  • Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development
  • Business development
  • Lands registry
  • First Nation Land Management Initiative
  • Additions to Reserve and Land Titles
  • Indian Oil and Gas Canada
  • Environment

Legal Services

  • Legal Services to provide specialized legal advice and support core
  • departmental initiatives, policies and programs

Northern Affairs Organization

  • Natural resources & environment
  • Northern oil & gas
  • Northern governance
  • Circumpolar affairs

Policy and Strategic Direction

  • Federal/Provincial/Territorial and International relations
  • Management of Constitutional issues
  • Cabinet, legislative, parliamentary and regulatory affairs
  • Policy development and approvals
  • Short/medium/long term policies
  • Women's issues and gender equality
  • Litigation
  • Departmental planning

Regional Operations

  • Delivery of national and regional programs and services (7 regions)
  • Emergency planning and crisis management
  • Governance
  • Community infrastructure operations

Resolution and Individual Affairs

  • Indian Registrar
  • Monies and Estates
  • Indian Residential Schools Resolution

Treaties and Aboriginal Government

  • Negotiations of claims and self-government
  • Treaty Commissions
  • Claims settlement
  • Implementation of claims
  • Funding and fiscal arrangements
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