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.


Modern treaties, reserve land 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, First Nations in Canada and treaty texts.

Treaties, agreements and negotiations

Canada is working with Indigenous partners on shared solutions to address past wrongs, renew our relationships and advance Indigenous rights.

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 and engages with Indigenous peoples for many reasons, including the duty to consult. Learn about the duty to consult, and find out how to access information to support consultation using the Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS).

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


United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act Action Plan

This Action Plan provides a roadmap of actions Canada needs to take in partnership with Indigenous peoples to implement the principles and rights set out in the UN Declaration and to further advance reconciliation in a tangible way.

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

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