New permanent bilateral mechanisms

The Government of Canada has established permanent bilateral mechanisms with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation leaders to identify joint priorities, co-develop policy and monitor progress.

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New permanent bilateral mechanisms were announced in December 2016 as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's commitment to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

A total of $88.6 million was invested through Budgets 2017 and 2018 to support these new mechanisms.

Government of Canada and First Nations bilateral mechanism

Progress to date

  • In June 2017, the Prime Minister and the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding on shared priorities and discussed next steps in the permanent bilateral mechanism.
  • In November 2017, the Prime Minister issued a statement after meeting with Modern Treaty and Self-Governing First Nations.

Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee

Progress made in 2017

Progress made in 2018

Progress made in 2019

Progress made in 2020

Progress made in 2021

Progress made in 2022

  • In April 2022, the Prime Minister joined President Natan Obed of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, federal Cabinet ministers, and the elected Inuit leadership to endorse the new, historic Inuit Nunangat Policy. The policy is also available in Inuktitut and as a PDF in Inuktut Qaliujaapait (927 KB, 13 pages).

Progress made in 2023

Government of Canada and Métis Nation bilateral mechanism

Progress made in 2017

  • 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.

Progress made in 2018

Progress made in 2019

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