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
  • 12 Titles

Included in this collection

Telling Our Twisted Histories Obey

The word OBEY does not exist in Indigenous languages. Our ancestors lived by their own systems of governance that sought to maintain harmony among all living things. The concept of obedience was forced upon us by church and government authorities. It slowly took hold and changed both our way of life and our way of governing ourselves. The time has ...
  • 2021
  • 00:23:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/28/2021

Telling Our Twisted Histories Reserve

We lived in balance with nature for thousands of years, inhabiting this land without borders or titles. We were relocated to tiny parcels of land, owned by the Crown, in order for colonial authorities to gain unhindered access to our lands. Today, we still dream about the vastness of our lands and waters. In this episode we'll decolonize the word ...
  • 2021
  • 00:24:56
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/27/2021

The Secret Life of Canada The Indian Act Must-See

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

The House What would Canada look like without the Indian Act?

For the first time in a while, former prime minister Paul Martin, architect of the Kelowna Accord, says he's happy with where the federal government is steering its relationship with Canada's Indigenous peoples. During this week's cabinet shuffle, the federal government announced it would split Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) into two separate ministries with the goal of replacing ...
  • 2017
  • 00:18:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/11/2018

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

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

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

CBC News What is the AFN?

The Assembly of First Nations is an advocacy organization for First Nations peoples. It's the largest one in Canada, representing more than 900,000 people from 635 communities.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/03/2018