Indigenous Governance

In February 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his intention to develop, in collaboration with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, a Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, which would include new legislation and new policies. Since that announcement, the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs has held a series of consultations with First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders and communities across the country to discuss the framework.

As the government of Canada calls for a renewed “nation-to-nation” relationship with Indigenous people, this collection examines issues of Indigenous governance, including the future of the Indian Act and other laws and policies impacting Indigenous communities in Canada today.

  • 2018
  • 13-14
  • 11 Titles

Included in this collection

Power & Politics 'Next step' on the road to reconciliation?

Hayden King, professor of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, weighs in on Prime Minister Trudeau's decision to split Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada into two separate ministries, some 20 years after the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) recommended such a division.
  • 2017
  • 00:07:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/13/2017

On the Coast Bob Joseph: '21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act'

Long time CBC News host Gloria Macarenko speaks with Bob Joseph, author of a new book on the Indian Act, about how the act still affects Indigenous peoples today.
  • 2018
  • 00:08:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/15/2018

Power & Politics Government agrees to end sex-based status discrimination in Indian Act after Senate push

"They created this problem – not First Nations people, not Indigenous women," says Senator Murray Sinclair.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/10/2018

Ideas It Feels Like We're On the Cusp: First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship

Part history lesson, part memoir, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations takes to the stage to share stories of the people he represents and his own past. In his lecture titled It Feels Like We're On the Cusp, National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo sets out why he believes First Nations peoples are on the cusp of change. The ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

The National Justin Trudeau promises Indigenous people more rights

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised Indigenous people more rights in Canada, as part of a rethinking of how the federal government approaches the subject. CBC reporter Catherine Cullen looks at how this approach might work on the ground, and Rosemary Barton speaks with Dene leader Georges Erasmus, a former co-chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP).
  • 2018
  • 00:05:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/12/2018

Up North Ontario's Metis vote to look into self government

This spring Metis became recognized under the Indian Act in Canada. Now the group representing Ontario's Metis is setting out to see how Metis people could become self-governing. We spoke to France Picotte, chair of the Metis Nation of Ontario.
  • 2016
  • 00:07:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/11/2018

News in Review - April 2020 Pipeline Protests: Resource Development Challenges Indigenous Rights in B.C.

In early 2020, Coastal GasLink started work on a 670-kilometre, multi-billion dollar pipeline project designed to move natural gas from the B.C Interior to the West Coast. That pipeline goes through the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en people. The company claimed it had authority from both the province and 20 First Nations band councils, including five Wet'suwet'en Nation band councils. ...
  • 2020
  • 00:15:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/06/2020

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The Secret Life of Canada The Indian Act

What is the Indian Act and why Canada still have it on the books? The Secret Life team looks at the roots of this complicated policy, which after 143 years is still embedded in Canadian identity, from the policy that led to the Act to how it still impacts Indigenous identities today.View the Secret Life of Canada curriculum package
  • 2019
  • 00:43:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/24/2019