Supporting Inuit Priorities

Since 2015, we have made significant progress on the things that matter to  Inuit. We will continue to move forward to advance the priorities identified by Inuit, by:

  • Continuing to make progress on Inuit priorities, meeting regularly through the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, the primary vehicle for advancing reconciliation between Inuit and the federal government.
  • Working to develop and implement an Inuit Nunangat policy.
  • Co-developing distinctions-based Indigenous Health legislation – backed with the investments needed to deliver this care – and on the development and delivery of services for Inuit.
  • Addressing critical infrastructure needs in Inuit communities across Inuit Nunangat by 2030 and providing new investments to support the ongoing operation and maintenance of  this infrastructure.
  • Ensuring that the Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Children, Youth and Families is fully implemented, with long-term, predictable, and sufficient funding to support the full implementation of the Act.
  • Working with Inuit to ensure that the Indigenous Languages Act is fully implemented, in order to preserve, promote, and revitalize Indigenous languages in Canada, supported with long-term, predictable, and sufficient funding.
  • Moving forward with investments that will see all Inuit communities are off diesel and instead powered by clean, renewable and reliable sources of energy – such as hydro, wind, and solar – by 2030.
  • Continuing – in close collaboration with Inuit partners – to deliver better and more timely distinctions-based support. We will continue to invest in the things that make a real difference in the lives of Inuit communities.
  • Establishing a new national benefits-sharing framework to ensure that Inuit communities directly benefit from major resource projects in Inuit Nunangat.
  • Moving forward with a new target to have at least five percent of federal contracts awarded to businesses led by Indigenous Peoples.
  • Introducing co-developed government legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the end of 2020.
  • Continuing work to fully implement Inuit land claims agreements.
  • Moving forward with a new co-developed, distinctions-based process for the ongoing review, maintenance, and enforcement of Canada’s treaty obligations between the Crown and Indigenous communities. This work will be sup-ported by a new National Treaty Commissioner’s Office which will be designed and established with Indigenous partners.
  • Developing a framework for repatriating Inuit cultural property and ancestral remains.
  • Continuing to work with Inuit to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice.
  • Continuing to work with Inuit to improve food security in Inuit Nunangat, including the implementation of the Harvester Support Grant.
  • Hosting a First Ministers’ Meeting on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis priorities, and continuing to advance meaningful inclusion of Inuit partners in federal and intergovernmental decision-making processes that have an impact on Indigenous rights and interests.