Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) supports Indigenous 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.

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Our services and information

Indian Status

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.

Aboriginal Peoples

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, a history of treaty-making, as well as a variety of maps. Find out more about Indigenous art, culture and heritage.

The North

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.

Rights, treaties and claims

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).


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


Find out how to apply for more than 40 programs INAC supports for Indigenous 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


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.

Corporate information

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

The Honourable Jane Philpott

Minister of Indigenous Services

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