November 12, 2020 — Vancouver, BC — 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 $2.6 million this fiscal year to 10 Indigenous groups in British Columbia through the Nation Rebuilding Program. Minister Bennett met virtually with The Gitanyow Huwilp Society Hereditary Chiefs to learn more about the work being undertaken in their nation and their unique priorities and needs. The Nation Rebuilding Program has helped in their efforts of restoring and reviving their traditional hereditary system, improving information sharing, supporting and facilitating understanding, and finding common approaches in areas such as forestry, land stewardship and environmental monitoring.
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.
The Government of Canada will continue to work with Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia on advancing reconciliation and working in partnership with communities on their visions of self-determination.