Environment and natural resources for Indigenous peoples

Learn how to protect the environment, ensure safe drinking water, clean up contaminated sites, and sustainably develop resources.

Services and information

Environmental management

Find out about programs and activities designed to protect the environment on First Nations lands.

Climate change

Learn about programs designed to help Indigenous and northern communities adapt to the effects of a changing climate.

Water in First Nations

Learn about programs that aim to ensure safe drinking water and the effective treatment of wastewater in First Nations communities.

Contaminated sites – Aboriginal lands south of 60°

Find out about the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites on reserve lands and other lands under the responsibility of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Environmental review process for projects on reserve land

Learn about the environmental review process for lower-risk projects developed on reserve lands.

Lands and economic development

Find out how Indigenous communities are getting the most out of their economic development potential by investing in community readiness, entrepreneurs and businesses, land management and strategic partnerships.

Reserve Lands and Environment Management Program

Apply for funding to increase your community's land management responsibilities.

Oil, gas and energy

Learn about the management of oil and gas resources on First Nations lands.

Environment and natural resources in the North

Learn more about climate change, natural resources, environmental protection and fishing/hunting in the North.

Mining and minerals

Learn about the development and management of mineral resources on First Nations lands.

Aboriginal participation in mining

Learn about mining and exploration partnerships between Aboriginal communities, the mining industry, provinces/territories and the Government of Canada.

Aboriginal fishing

Find information about programs supporting Aboriginal fisheries in Canada. Apply for commercial fishing and conservation activity funding.

Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative

Information to help Aboriginal communities and entrepreneurs develop aquaculture business development plans.

Aboriginal Forestry Initiative

Find out about a new approach to foster enhanced Aboriginal participation in Canada's forest sector.

Aboriginal consultation in federal environmental assessment

Get a better understanding of how the Government of Canada consults with Indigenous groups during a federal environmental assessment.

Mining agreements

Explore a map on the agreements between Indigenous groups and mining companies.



Help line

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