Key Actions Since 2015 to Support Indigenous Peoples

  • Made historic investments to support Indigenous peoples from coast to coast to coast.

Investments in Indigenous Priorities
Source: Budget 2021, A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience

  • Worked across the federal government, and with our partners, so that 80% of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action involving the Government of Canada are now completed or well underway.
  • Working with residential school survivors, Indigenous Peoples, provinces, territories, and educators to incorporate aboriginal and treaty rights, the history of residential schools and Indigenous contributions into the school curricula.
  • Introduced Bill C-15 to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which received Royal Assent on June 21, 2021, National Indigenous Peoples Day.
  • Passed the Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Children, Youth and Families, which affirms the inherent right of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services.
  • Built and refurbished almost 200 schools so that tens of thousands of Indigenous kids have a better education.
  • Continued to invest in Child and Family Services including an additional $3 billion to support communities in providing child and family services.
  • Launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Released Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People this June, which outlines concrete actions we will take to end systemic racism, sexism, and economic inequality that has perpetuated violence against Indigenous women and girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.
  • Invested in Violence Prevention to provide shelter and support for Indigenous women, children and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People facing gender-based violence.
  • Accelerated the government’s 10-year commitment to close the infrastructure gap in Indigenous communities.
  • Invested over $4 billion in 535 water infrastructure projects, including 99 new plants and 436 upgrades.
  • Lifted 109 long-term water advisories, including reaching the milestone of lifting 105 water advisories this past April, matching the number in place when Liberals committed to eliminating all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves, a testament to five and a half years of real progress.
  • Prevented 188 short-term drinking water advisories from becoming long-term.
  • Invested to help Indigenous women and girls participate in sports.
  • Made sure First Nations, Inuit, and Métis were prioritized for vaccination in all jurisdictions and supported engagement and vaccination campaigns.
  • Announced $5.4 billion of targeted COVID-19 support for Indigenous and Northern communities and organizations since March 2020.
  • Committed to making high-quality health care designed to meetthe unique needs of Indigenous communities a reality.