Engagement Sessions on the New Approach to Fiscal Arrangements with Aboriginal Self-Government


Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is developing a new, national approach to fiscal arrangements with self-governing Aboriginal groups. As part of developing this approach, AANDC committed to engage with Aboriginal governments and groups negotiating self-government agreements, as well as provincial and territorial governments.


Engagement Sessions – Round One

AANDC officials completed the first round of the engagement process on this initiative in 2011. Meetings were held in Vancouver and Toronto in March, and in Quebec City, Halifax, Yellowknife, Saskatoon and Whitehorse through May and June. There was broad participation across the country with over 160 participants from outside the department representing 17 Aboriginal governments, over 50 negotiating groups, six provinces and two territories.

Engagement Sessions – Round Two

A second round of engagement meetings was held in March 2012 in the four regional centres of Vancouver, Halifax, Edmonton and Whitehorse. There were more than 150 participants from outside the department, representing 22 Aboriginal governments, approximately 70 negotiating groups, five provinces and two territories. Round two discussions focused on the details of AANDC's proposal for a new approach to fiscal arrangements (a discussion paper was distributed in advance of the sessions).


The information gathered during the engagement period is currently being analyzed and reviewed by federal officials. Summaries of the engagement rounds, as well as the department's issues and principles document and a discussion paper have been distributed to the participants.

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