Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Indigenous annd Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) former known as Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) supports Indigenouspeople (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to:

•improve social well-being and economic prosperity;

•develop healthier, more sustainable communities; and

•participate more fully in Canada’s political, social and economic development – to the benefit of all Canadians.

INAC is one of the federal government departments responsible for meeting the Government of Canada’s obligations and commitments to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and for fulfilling the federal government’s constitutional responsibilities in the North. INAC’s responsibilities are largely determined by numerous statutes, negotiated agreements and relevant legal decisions.

Most of the Department’s programs, representing a majority of its spending – are delivered through partnerships with Indigenous communities and federal-provincial or federal-territorial agreements. INAC also works with urban Indigenous people, Métis and Non-Status Indians (many of whom live in rural areas) through the Office of the Federal Interlocutor.

INAC’s mandate and wide ranging responsibilities are shaped by centuries of history, and unique demographic and geographic challenges. INAC is one of 34 federal departments and agencies involved in Indigenous and northern programs and services.

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