Indigenous communities

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On August 28, 2019, the Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, and the Navigation Protection Act came into force. This archived Web page remains online for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. This page will not be altered or updated.

Indigenous communities

The Government of Canada is committed to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through a renewed, nation-to-nation, government-to-government, and Inuit-Crown relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

The new rules set out in Bills C-68 and C-69 would continue to ensure that respect for the rights of Indigenous peoples of Canada are built into processes to support proposed project reviews and regulatory decisions. Indigenous peoples would be actively engaged, be better able to partner and collaborate with federal officials, and have greater opportunities for participation on boards, expert and advisory committees and advisory councils.

When provided, Indigenous knowledge would be mandatory to consider in certain decisions and processes, along with other sources of science and evidence, to inform decision-making. The new rules would also require that Indigenous knowledge be treated as confidential when provided in confidence, and be protected from unauthorized disclosure, subject to certain exceptions.

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Indigenous knowledge in project reviews and regulatory decisions

Learn how Indigenous knowledge improves federal decision-making and strengthens the rigour of project reviews and regulatory decisions.

Share your views on an Indigenous knowledge policy framework

Provide your comments on the discussion paper: Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework for Proposed Project Reviews and Regulatory Decisions.

A focus on Indigenous peoples

Learn how the new Impact Assessment process reflects the feedback from Indigenous peoples.

Changes that impact Indigenous communities

Find out how the new rules would work in partnership with Indigenous peoples from the start.

Key a mendments to Bill C-69

Read the latest amendments to Bill C-69 related to Indigenous communities.

Information sessions on Bills C-68 and C-69 for Indigenous peoples

Join the next Indigenous information session to learn about Bills C-68 and C-69.

More engagement opportunities

Find links to current and past engagement opportunities.

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