Environment and natural resources for Indigenous peoples

Managing the environment and sustainable natural resources including fisheries, forestry, mining, water, land, climate change and contaminated sites.

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Environmental management

Programs and activities designed to protect the environment on First Nations lands.

Climate change

Programs designed to help Indigenous and northern communities adapt to the effects of a changing climate.

Indigenous Climate Funding

Funding programs to support Indigenous climate action for a safer and cleaner environment.

Water in First Nations

Ending long-term drinking water advisories and improving water and wastewater systems on reserve.

Indigenous participation in mining

Maps, guides, fact sheets and manuals on Indigenous participation in exploration and mining, and tools for capacity-building and sound decision-making.

Aboriginal fishing

Programs supporting Indigenous fisheries in Canada. Apply for commercial fishing and conservation activity funding.

Indigenous Forestry Initiative

Financial support for Indigenous-led economic development projects in Canada's forest sector.

Participation of Indigenous peoples in impact assessment

Working with Indigenous peoples on federal impact assessments in a way that respects the rights and cultures of Indigenous peoples, and protects and ensures consideration of Indigenous knowledge.

Contaminated Sites Management Program

The assessment and remediation of contaminated sites on reserve lands and other lands under the responsibility of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.

Environmental review process for projects on reserve land

The environmental review process for lower-risk projects developed on reserve lands.

Community economic development

Programs and services that support Indigenous businesses, develop land on reserve and assist in land management strategies.

Oil, gas and energy

The management of oil and gas resources on First Nations lands.

Environment and natural resources in the North

Co-management of natural resources, climate change, environmental protection, fishing and hunting in the North.

Mining and minerals

Development and management of mineral resources on First Nations lands.

Indigenous environmental leadership, funding, and initiatives

Indigenous environmental leadership, funding, programs, initiatives and partnerships.


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