November 10, 2020 — Ottawa, Ontario — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
The Government of Canada is rebuilding the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relationship with Indigenous peoples through supporting the realization of their visions of self-determination. A key part of this work is through the Nation Rebuilding Program.
Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that Canada has provided just over $4 million this fiscal year to 10 Indigenous groups in Ontario through the Nation Rebuilding Program. Minister Bennett met virtually with the Mushkegowuk Council, one of the funding recipients, to learn more about the work being undertaken in their Nation and their unique priorities and needs. Funding this year will support the Mushkegowuk Council continuing to work to develop a unified community-based approach with its member First Nations to rebuilding the Omushkego Nation and strengthening Omushkego governance and institutional capacity.
In Budget 2018, the Government invested $100 million over five years to support Indigenous groups efforts towards developing their own path to reconstituting their nations. The program is an important step forward in supporting Indigenous groups in rebuilding their governance structures on the path towards self-determination.
Over the past three years, since the Budget 2018 announcement, Indigenous communities and groups in Ontario have received approximately $10 million in funding through the Nation Rebuilding Program.
The Government of Canada will continue to work with Indigenous peoples in Ontario on advancing reconciliation and working in partnership with communities on their visions of self-determination.