Through the development of the Framework, INAC has demonstrated a firm commitment to formally engaging stakeholders on major legislative, policy and program changes.
As part of the Framework engagement in 2008, a broad cross-section of stakeholders were invited to submit written views and to take part in national and regional engagement sessions convened across the country. Meetings were held in Halifax, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Iqaluit and Montreal. Officials met over 40 national and regional Aboriginal organizations, provincial and territorial governments, as well as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal private sector groups.
The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, an arms-length, private-sector body representing the economic development interests of all Aboriginal people, also provided advice and recommendations on Aboriginal economic development to the Government of Canada.