National engagement on the recognition of Indigenous rights
The Government of Canada has committed to the review of its laws, policies and operational practices to ensure the constitutional commitments made to Indigenous peoples are respected.
As part of this commitment, on February 14, 2018, the Prime Minister announced the launch of a national engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people that will help develop a Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework.
Led by Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, the Government of Canada is engaging various groups on the legislative and policy changes necessary to reform government policies and practices to ensure that the starting premise for all federal government action is the recognition of Indigenous rights.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, will also engage with Aboriginal law and Indigenous governance experts.
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis governments, communities and organizations including women, youth and Elders
- provincial and territorial governments
- representatives from industry, employers, municipalities, academia, the legal community and civil service organizations that provide services to Indigenous communities and individuals
- general public
The engagement will focus on:
- accelerating progress toward self-determination, with a focus on nation and government rebuilding and rights recognition
- legislation to anchor Canada's relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis in rights recognition and develop tools for the recognition of Indigenous governments
- elements of a new policy, based on the distinct needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis to replace the current Comprehensive Land Claims and Inherent Right to Self-Government policies
- creating two new departments that can better serve the distinct needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis
How to participate
There are 4 ways to participate:
- Read the engagement guide and send an email to email@example.com
- Send a letter to the address in Contact us.
- Attend an in-person engagement session, by invitation only.
- Follow the Minister's engagement and interact on social media: @Min_CIRNA; @Min_RCAAN
More ways to engage will be made available soon, including an online engagement guide.
What we heard
Summaries of the in-person engagement sessions are available online:
- Recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights: Engagement guide
- Exploring new ways of working together
- Principles respecting the Government of Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples
- Government of Canada to create Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework
- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
- Indigenous Services Canada
Policy Development and Coordination Branch
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
10 rue Wellington, 8th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H4