Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) 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.


In August 2017, the Prime Minister announced the dissolution of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and a plan to create two new departments: Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. This transformation will take time and includes engagement with Indigenous peoples and others. This page will be updated as a result of structural changes to the departments. Until then if you cannot find what you are searching for from this webpage, please visit the former INAC website.


Services and information

Indian Status

Apply for Indian status and a status card. Learn more about ending sex-based inequities in Indian registration.

Indigenous peoples and communities

Learn about Canada's three distinct Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and discover learning and historical resources such as Kids' Stop, First Nations in Canada and treaty texts.

Treaties and agreements

Learn about historic and modern treaties in Canada, treaty rights and the treaty relationship.

Northern affairs and Arctic Policy Framework

Find out about the new Arctic Policy Framework, Shared Arctic Leadership Model, devolution in Nunavut, improvements to Nutrition North Canada and climate change adaptation programs.

Exploring new ways of working together

Learn how Canada is moving forward with Indigenous partners on different paths toward reconciliation such as Recognition of Rights discussion tables.

Creating new mechanisms

Learn about the new permanent bilateral mechanisms established by the Government of Canada with First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders to identify joint priorities, co-develop policy and monitor progress.

New agreements since 2016

Find a list of agreements signed since 2016 including the new bilateral mechanisms, treaties and self-government agreements.

Consultation, engagement and the duty to consult

Participate in ongoing engagements, learn what was heard in recently-held engagements and find out about the duty to consult

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Learn how the Government of Canada launched an independent national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Learn about the impact of the residential school system, the experiences of former students and the 94 calls to action made by the commission in its final report.

What we are doing

Corporate information


The Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs



Learn how the Government of Canada is working to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Review of laws and policies

A working group of six ministers has been launched to review all laws, policies and operational practices related to Indigenous peoples.

Principles respecting the Government of Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples

In July 2017, ten new principles were announced that will guide the work required to fulfill the government's commitment to renewed relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

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