Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


Federal and Provincial/Territorial Departments

Federal/Provincial/Territorial Government First Nations Department


Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

  • AANDC 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.


Aboriginal Relations
  • The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations works with Aboriginal communities, the federal government, industry and other stakeholders to promote social and economic opportunities designed to enhance the quality of life of Aboriginal people in Alberta.

British Columbia

Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
  • The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation negotiates treaties to create economic certainty over Crown land and resources and to improve the lives of First Nations. The Ministry leads the province's participation in Final Agreement and advanced Agreement-in-Principle negotiations, interim measures and other agreements with First Nations and the federal government on lands and resources, governance, fiscal relations and capacity-building.


Aboriginal and Northern Affairs
  • The department, as partners and consultants, is committed to working with Aboriginal and northern Manitobans to help address the issues affecting them. It works toward achieving an improved quality of life, better services, opportunities and results for Manitoba's Aboriginal and northern people.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
  • The Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs is responsible for coordinating government's activities related to Labrador affairs and Aboriginal affairs, including developing policy and programs, managing federal-provincial agreements, negotiating land claims, public information, and all matters of significant public interest in Labrador.

New Brunswick

Aboriginal Affairs
  • Aboriginal Affairs is the gateway for contact between the province and First Nations. The secretariat plays a lead role within the provincial government in addressing Aboriginal issues. The Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat works closely with all provincial departments on issues related to environment, education, health, housing, family and community services, sport and culture, natural resource management, economic development, and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal people.

Northwest Territories

Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations
  • The Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations (DAAIR) is the central agency that supports the Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations. The core activities of the Department are to manage and co-ordinate the Government of the Northwest Territories' (GNWT) participation in all land, resources and self-government negotiations.

Nova Scotia

Aboriginal Affairs
  • The Office of Aboriginal Affairs is responsible for coordinating the Province's approach to Aboriginal issues. That includes discussions and negotiations with the Government of Canada and organizations representing Mi'kmaq communities. In addition, the Office has a mandate to increase public awareness and understanding of Aboriginal issues.
Nunavut Culture, Language, Elders and Youth
  • The Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth was established to provide leadership within the Government of Nunavut in the development and implementation of policies, programs and services aimed at strengthening the culture, language, heritage and physical activity of Nunavummiut. The Department provides leadership within the government by means of the promotion of Inuit Societal Values through the application of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit approaches to work; promotes the use of Inuit language in the workplace and throughout the territory; promotes access to information and resource materials in Nunavut's official languages in all communities; and encourages ongoing dialogue between Elders and youth and the government.


Aboriginal Affairs
  • The mandate of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs is to promote collaboration and coordination across ministries on Aboriginal policy and programs; set priorities for and track the progress of Ontario's Aboriginal agenda; enhance government's awareness of Aboriginal people, issues and best practices for consulting and engaging with Aboriginal people; work with the federal government to find ways to make the most of federal funding; help Aboriginal people to access Ontario government programs, services and information; reform the land claims process to help address historical grievances; and encourage diversity, especially representation of Aboriginal people, in the Ontario Public Service.


Affaires Autochtones


First Nations and Métis Relations
  • The Ministry of First Nations and Métis Relations works to improve the social and economic outcomes of First Nations and Métis people and northerners. It provides the Government with a focused approach to common issues and opportunities, strengthens relationships between First Nations and non-First Nations people in the spirit of the Treaties, and provides Government oversight to ensure ministries effectively consult First Nations and Métis peoples on provincial legislation, policies, permits and other activities that may impact their legal rights and their interests. It also ensures that the Province's commitments, with respect to lands and resources, are fulfilled.

Aboriginal Land Claims and Self Government

  • This office leads negotiations and implementation of modern-day treaties (land claim agreements) and self-government agreements with Yukon First Nations and the Government of Canada. In recent years, new emphasis has been placed by the Yukon government on the evolving government-to-government relationships with self-governing First Nations, including initiatives such as the Yukon Forum.