Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework
Draft Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework
The Government of Canada is seeking feedback from Indigenous peoples on the draft Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework. A letter was sent to Indigenous leadership on May 20, 2021 inviting comments from Indigenous communities until October 8, 2021.
The Government of Canada aims to edit the Framework based on comments received, prepare a What We Heard Report, summarizing comments from Indigenous communities, and share the final Framework, by winter 2021/22.
The Agency is making funding available to Indigenous people for the review of the draft Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework. The Program Guidelines include program requirements, criteria and the application form. The deadline for funding applications has been extended to May 28, 2021.
What will an Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework do?
The Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework (the Framework) will help guide the implementation of the Indigenous knowledge provisions in the following Acts:
- the Impact Assessment Act,
- the Canadian Navigable Waters Act,
- the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, and
- the fish and fish habitat protection provisions of the Fisheries Act.
The Framework will provide an overarching, principles-based approach to support the consistent application of the Indigenous knowledge provisions in project reviews and regulatory decisions while recognizing regional, cultural and distinctions-based approaches to Indigenous knowledge.
The Framework will support greater predictability in how Indigenous knowledge will be considered in project reviews and regulatory decisions. Federal organizations responsible for implementing the Indigenous knowledge provisions in the legislation will be able to use the Framework as a basis for developing more specific procedures and guidance.
Development of the Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework
Between February and June 2019, the Government of CanadaFootnote 1 undertook engagement with Indigenous peoples across the country. Together, we discussed best practices and other elements that will inform the development of the Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework.
Twenty-five engagement sessions with Indigenous peoples were held across Canada. These comprised:
- 12 regional workshops
- 8 WebEx
- 3 technical sessions, and
- 2 presentations at national fora.
The What We Heard Report summarizes the results of the Indigenous regional workshops.
In addition, on May 16, 2019, the Government of Canada released a Discussion Paper for public comment. A total of 55 submissions were received, including 37 from Indigenous organizations and individuals.
In 2020 the advice of the Indigenous Advisory Committee of the Impact Assessment Agency was sought on principles to guide the implementation of the Indigenous knowledge provisions found in the Acts. The Committee’s advice took into account the results of the 2019 engagement process.
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