|1. In partnership with Aboriginal organizations and other federal
departments and agencies, consider leading the establishment
of a policy for the implementation of comprehensive land claims
which would clarify roles and responsibilities and the federal
approach to implementing CLCAs.
||Implementation Branch is in the process of establishing the principles, processes and clarified roles and responsibilities within the federal government required to implement land claim and self-government agreements in a comprehensive manner, and will continue to engage with other government departments and agencies and Aboriginal groups as this work progresses.
||To Be Completed September 2009 - Establishment of Guidelines
||Status: Ongoing- Revised completion date September
As of 31/03/2010:
The guidelines for implementers across the federal government
are currently being developed. These will provide practical advice
and direction to federal officials who have responsibility relating
to the implantation of modern treaties, as well as raise awareness
around corporate roles, responsibilities and considerations.
AES: EPMRC accepts extension and will continue
to monitor action item
|2. Work with central agencies and other federal departments and
agencies to establish a senior-level working group charged with
overseeing issues that may arise in agreement implementation.
||A proposal to establish an implementation management framework,
including a senior level cross-government committee, is being developed.
In the interim, the Federal Steering Committee, made up of senior
representatives from other government departments and central agencies,
have agreed to provide an oversight function. The proposal will
go to the Federal Steering Committee in June 2009.
|To be Completed June 2009
- As per the Federal Steering Committee
March 2010 - Establishment of a Committee
As of 31/03/2010:
The implementation management framework, including a senior level
cross-government committee, was approved by the Federal Steering
Committee on December 14, 2009.
Pilot Regional Caucuses over the next year in the Atlantic, BC
and NWT regions. These regions will be asked to:
- Determine if existing regional forums/process can accommodate
Pilot to be evaluated in 2012/13 for effectiveness.
|3. Work in partnership with Aboriginal and provincial/territorial
signatories to set specific objectives, establish targets, monitor
progress and take remedial action as required to properly implement
Enhanced Treaty Obligation Monitoring System to track federal obligations.
Develop tools to promote use of results-based management.
Pilot with signatories on a new approach for annual reports that
focus on joint practices, indicators, monitoring and reporting.
The principles of the department's SMART reporting initiative
will be applied to this exercise.
|To be Completed: October 2009
-Treaty Obligation Monitoring System in Place
- Pilot Annual Report
As of 31/03/2010:
Status: Phase 1 – Completed
TOMS went live as of April 1, 2010.
Improvements include: Tracks the status of obligations (i.e. one-time
obligations complete or overdue/ongoing up-to-date or overdue),
enhanced search and report function.
Phase 2 - Underway
INAC is currently drafting a set of Annual Reports guidelines
that focus on making the reports more result-based.
Discussions have taken place with Inuvialuit Final Agreement Implementation
Committee members to revise future annual reposts, containing more
result based information. Parties are aiming to have the new format
for the 2008-2009 annual report which is expected to be completed
by April 2010.
The Gwich'in and Sahtu Implementation Committee members are
also discussing revising their annual reports. They expect to have
the new format ready for the 2009-2010 annual report.
AES: EPMRC will continue to monitor action item
|4. Work with land and resource management boards to streamline
and strengthen consultative processes and identify training and administrative
||Board Relations Secretariat to identify key issues/barriers.
INAC continues to work on a federal response to the McCrank report
and is committed to engaging partners and regulators in an action
plan to move forward by summer 2009.
|To be Completed: August 2009
- Action Plan
As of 31/03/2010:
The Department conducted a survey of Board training recipients
in 2009/2010 to evaluate previous year's initiatives and
preliminary results are very positive. On behalf of the NWT Board
Forum, the Board Relations Secretariat ain the NWT Region coordinated
two administrative law, and one technical law course for Board
members in 2009/2010, and supported other training for Board "Hearings". Orientation Course materials and associated teaching guide will
be ready for the distribution early Spring. As part of regulatory
improvement, it is planned that all new Board members should take
the Orientation Course within one year of being appointed as
well as receiving the orientation Binder on appointment.
|5. Promote training and business development tailored to northern
needs and circumstances, taking into account the high cost of delivering
programs in the North.
||Work with individual signatory groups on specific economic development
Support development of a new federal framework for Aboriginal
Support development of northern economic development office.
To be implemented by the Northern Regional Development Agency
|Started January 2009
As of 31/03/2010:
The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is responsible
for delivering economic development programming in the three territories;
coordinating economic policy and programs at the regional level;
and, where appropriate, will serve as a delivery agent for other
federal departments. The agency's purpose is to (1) encourage
business development in the territories, (2) foster Northern Community
Development, and (3) research, develop new policy, and advocate
northern interests within the federal system.
Northern Federal economic development programs will for the first
time be housed in an Agency with the Northern economic development
as its core purpose. The Agency will also deliver two new programs
announced as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan: the Community
Adjustments Fund (CAF) and Recreational Infrastructure Canada RInC).
It will also house a new Northern project Management Office (NPMO)
as a core service within CanNor. The NPMO will be in charge of
coordinating the work of all federal players involved in natural
resource development projects in the three territories and in the
Arctic offshore, and coordinating Aboriginal consultation efforts.
It will engage with stakeholders to further tailor its activities
and programs to the unique needs of the territories and differing
circumstances in each territory.
On June 29th, 2009, the Minister announced a new "Federal
framework for Aboriginal Economic Development" that will
focus the Federal Government's actions – from programs
to legislation to partnerships – to increase the participation
of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in the Canadian
economy and improve economic actions for Aboriginal peoples in
all parts of Canada.
This new framework will adopt a modern and comprehensive approach
to Aboriginal economic development that is opportunity-driven and
puts emphasis on building strategic partnerships with Aboriginal
groups, the private sector, and the provinces and territories.
The Framework will maximize federal investments by: strengthening
Aboriginal entrepreneurship; enhancing the value of Aboriginal
assets; forging new and effective partnerships to maximize economic
development opportunities; developing Aboriginal human capital;
and better focusing the role of the Federal Government.