Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) supports Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to:
- improve social well-being and economic prosperity;
- develop healthier, more sustainable communities; and
- participate more fully in Canada's political, social and economic development – to the benefit of all Canadians.
The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs is responsible for this organization.
Note: Until the establishing legislation is amended, the legal name of the department for Appropriation Acts remains Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
Mandate and role
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Mandate Letter (October 4, 2017).