Sustainable Development

For Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), sustainable development means considering how decisions impact the social, economic and environmental long-term well-being of Aboriginal and Northern communities.

Sustainable development is striving to "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

- World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987

INAC's Approach to Sustainable Development

Departmental sustainable development strategies are a government-wide initiative used to strengthen accountability and illustrate how INAC, and other government departments, are managing sustainable development. The Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS) also emphasizes INAC's efforts in supporting and contributing to the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

Public Statements

In accordance with the Cabinet Directive on Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, all proposals submitted to an individual Minister or Cabinet for approval must include a Preliminary Scan and, if required, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

According to the Cabinet Directive, Preliminary Scans are carried out by INAC officials to determine if environmental effects are likely. If no major environmental impacts are determined, the SEA process is considered complete. If important environmental effects, either positive or negative, are likely, a detailed SEA is to be undertaken by INAC. In this case, a Public Statement must be made at the time that the policy, plan or program is announced, outlining the results of the SEA.

No public statements are required at this time. Updates will be provided on this page following each calendar year.

For information on the Department's environmental programs and activities, please see the Environmental Management page.

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

The Government of Canada would like your input on the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-2019. Visit the Strategy website to review the Strategy and help us make it better. Your comments are welcome throughout the consultation period which ends June 24, 2016.

Additional Information

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