Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) supports Aboriginal 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.
We are in the process of moving our services and information to Canada.ca.
Our current Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website will remain available until the move to Canada.ca is complete.
Our services and information
Find out how to get a Secure Certificate of Indian Status, and learn more about the Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act and the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process.
Learn about Canada's three distinct Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and discover learning and historical resources such as Kids' Stop, First Nations in Canada, a history of treaty-making, as well as a variety of maps. Find out more about Aboriginal art, culture and heritage.
The North makes up more than 2/5 of Canada's land mass and has world-class mineral, oil and gas deposits. Find out about devolution, resource development, circumpolar affairs and environmental management in the North. Learn more about Nutrition North Canada.
Learn about Aboriginal peoples' rights and benefits as stated in treaties, Canada's Constitution and other legislation. Find out about land claims. Learn more about the duty to consult Aboriginal peoples through the Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS).
Building a new relationship between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians is based on acknowledging the past and its present-day impacts, reconciliation and healing for past injustices, and moving forward toward a better future for all. Find out more about the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, Common Experience Payments and other reconciliation efforts.
Find out how to apply for more than 40 programs INAC supports for Aboriginal and Northern communities, governments, individuals and organizations, including band or council funds, capital projects, community development programs, education partnerships, emergency management assistance, income assistance, nutrition subsidies in the North, land development and environmental management support, post-secondary student support, urban aboriginal partnerships, youth employment programs and more.
Looking for a form? Here's a list of all INAC forms by program and sector.
Find out how to report on funding received from INAC, through The Reporting Guide.
What we are doing
Laws and regulations
- First Nations Financial Transparency Act
- First Nations Election Act
- First Nations Land Management Regime
- Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act
- 2016-17 Report on Plans and Priorities
- 2015-16 Report on Plans and Priorities
- Departmental Performance Report 2014-2015
- Canada's Northern Strategy
Education: K to 12 and post-secondary
Quality education to acquire the skills needed to enter the labour market.
Community economic development
Helping Aboriginal communities get the most from their economic development potential.
Supporting First Nation communities in the implementation of strong, effective and sustainable governments.
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