Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) continues to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Métis; modernize Government of Canada structures to enable Indigenous peoples to build capacity and support their vision of self-determination and lead the Government of Canada's work in the North.

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Indian Residential Schools

Bringing closure to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools lies at the heart of reconciliation between Indigenous peoples who attended these schools, their families and communities, and all Canadians.


Treaties, agreements and fiscal management.


Advancing reconciliation and renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Indigenous peoples and communities

Canada's 3 distinct Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis). Learning and historical resources such as Kids' Stop, First Nations in Canada and treaty texts.

Northern affairs

Canada's Arctic and Northern Policy, Shared Arctic Leadership Model, devolution in Nunavut, improvements to Nutrition North Canada, and climate change adaptation programs.

Funding programs

Programs, services, initiatives for Indigenous and northern communities and organizations.

Missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people

Working with provinces, territories, Indigenous organizations and communities across the country to end racism, discrimination and violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people.

Climate change in Indigenous and Northern communities

Supporting Indigenous climate leadership and co-developing solutions with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples is central to advancing reconciliation and self-determination.

Consultation, engagement and the duty to consult

The Government of Canada consults with Canadians on a wide variety of matters. It engages with Indigenous peoples for many reasons, including the duty to consult.

More programs for Indigenous peoples

Government of Canada programs and services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Learn more about Indigenous peoples and communities.



The Honourable Gary Anandasangaree
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

The Honourable Dan Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 honours the survivors of Residential Schools, as well as their families and communities.

Reconciliation Journey

Building a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect and partnership.

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