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

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 National Treaty 8 and Native Taxation

A Federal Court ruling on Treaty 8, which states that Natives are not required to pay taxes, is being appealed. This documentary explores the history of the Treaty and the implications for Natives and non-natives across the country. Today, in High Prairie, Alberta, many businesses are owned by Natives. If Treaty 8 is enforced, some people will pay taxes and ...
  • 2002
  • 00:18:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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

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