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.



The engagement will focus on:

How to participate

There are 4 ways to participate:

  1. Read the engagement guide and send an email to
  2. Send a letter to the address in Contact us.
  3. Attend an in-person engagement session, by invitation only.
  4. 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:

Related links

Contact us

Policy Development and Coordination Branch
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
10 rue Wellington, 8th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H4

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