Creating new mechanisms
The Government of Canada has established permanent bilateral mechanisms with First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders to identify joint priorities, co-develop policy and monitor progress.
These new mechanisms were announced in December 2016, as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's commitment to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples:
- In February 2017, the Prime Minister and President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami met and signed a declaration announcing the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee.
- In May 2017, the Government of Canada and Inuit elected representatives met to pursue their shared commitment to renew the Inuit-Crown relationship.
- In September 2017, Inuit leaders and federal cabinet ministers met to further pursue outcomes for Inuit as part of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee.
- In April 2017, the Prime Minister and the President of the Métis National Council and its governing members signed the Canada-Métis Nation Accord during the first Métis Nation-Crown Summit.
- In September 2017, the President of the Métis National Council and its governing members and federal cabinet ministers issued a joint communiqué highlighting outcomes from their first ministerial-level meeting.
- In June 2017, the Prime Minister and the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding on shared priorities.
Budget 2017 will invest $13.7 million over two years to support these new permanent bilateral mechanisms.