Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


Aboriginal Representative Bodies


Assembly of First Nations
  • The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national representative organization of the First Nations in Canada. The AFN Secretariat, is designed to present the views of the various First Nations through their leaders in areas such as: Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, Economic Development, Education, Languages and Literacy, Health, Housing, Social Development, Justice, Taxation, Land Claims, Environment, and a whole array of issues that are of common concern which arise from time to time.
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
  • The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is a nationally incorporated umbrella organization that represents the interests, nationally, of its provincial and territorial affiliate organizations across Canada. Its head office in Ottawa is the center of operations for its elected executive of a National Chief and ViceChief, an administrative core staff, program managers and coordinators, and consultants on a range of Aboriginal issues. CAP, itself, does not have individual memberships or provide programs and services directly to individuals. In effect, the "members" of CAP are its affiliate organizations. 
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is the national Inuit organization in Canada, representing four Inuit regions – Nunatsiavut (Labrador), Nunavik (northern Quebec), Nunavut, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories. ITK represents and promotes the interests of Inuit on a wide variety of environmental, social, cultural, and political, issues and challenges facing Inuit on the national level.
Métis National Council
  • Since 1983, the MNC has represented the Métis Nation nationally and internationally. It receives its mandate and direction from the democratically elected leadership of the Métis Nation’s governments from Ontario westward. Specifically, the MNC reflects and moves forward on the desires and aspirations of these Métis governments at the national and international level. Overall, the MNC’s central goal is to secure a healthy space for the Métis Nation’s on-going existence within the Canadian federation.
Native Women's Association of Canada
  • The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) is one of Canada's National Aboriginal Organizations and represents Aboriginal women, particularly First Nations and Métis women. NWAC has representation in meetings of Canadian leaders and is generally viewed as the national voice representing Aboriginal women in Canada.

British Columbia

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs
  • The goal of the UBCIC is to support the work of Aboriginal people, whether at the community, nation or international level, in their common fight for the recognition of their aboriginal rights and respect for their cultures and societies.


Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
  • The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) supports specific First Nations issues as mandated by the Chiefs-in-Assembly. Its mandate is: to protect Manitoba's First Nation governments from further encroachment and to prevent any action by any nation, group, jurisdiction or government from violating the integrity and freedoms of self-determination and from violating individual and collective rights of First Nations; to reaffirm Aboriginal belief in the sovereign equality of First Nations and the fundamental rights of First Nation peoples; to seek justice for the obligations arising from Aboriginal International Treaties; and to promote and ensure social progress, harmony and quality of life among First Nation peoples.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Federation of Newfoundland Indians
  • Cultural, historical, and bureaucratic information from the organization representing the Micmac people of Newfoundland.

New Brunswick

Union of New Brunswick Indians
  • Resources for and information about the Mikmaq and Maliseet of New Brunswick.

Northwest Territories

Central Land Council
  • The Central Land Council is a Council of 90 Aboriginal people elected from communities in the southern half of the Northern Territory. It is a representative body promoting Aboriginal rights.

Nova Scotia

Native Council of Nova Scotia
  • The Native Council of Nova Scotia is the self-governing authority for the large community of Mi'kmaq/Aboriginal peoples residing off-reserve in Nova Scotia throughout traditional Mi'kmaq territory. Its goal is to operate and administer a strong and effective Aboriginal Peoples Representative Organization that serves, advocates and represents the Aboriginal community.
Union of Nova Scotia Indians
  • The Union of Nova Scotia Indians is a tribal organization that has been in existence in Nova Scotia for 40 years. The organization came into existence to provide a unified political voice for the Mi'kmaq people of the province in the face of a proposed federal government policy to assimilate Canada's First Nations people into mainstream society.


Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
  • Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) ensures that promises made under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) are carried out. Inuit exchanged Aboriginal title to all their traditional land in the Nunavut Settlement Area for the rights and benefits set out in the NLCA. NTI coordinates and manages Inuit responsibilities set out in the NLCA and ensures that the federal and territorial governments fulfill their obligations.


Chiefs of Ontario
  • The main objective of the Chiefs of Ontario office is to facilitate the discussion, planning, implementation and evaluation of all local, regional and national matters affecting the First Nations people of Ontario. The intention of basing the central office in Toronto is to maintain a presence for First Nations in Ontario that is non-government and non-political in order to communicate with government officials on an urgency basis.
Union of Ontario Indians
  • The Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) is a political advocate for 39 member First Nations across Ontario. It is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact. The UOI delivers a variety of programs and services, such as Health, Social Services, Education, Intergovernmental Affairs and Treaty Research, and provides the necessary forum for collective First Nation actions on housing and other issues through their Chiefs in Assembly, and direction to the Grand Council Chief by way of resolution.

Prince Edward Island

Native Council of Prince Edward Island
  • The Native Council of Prince Edward Island (NCPEI) is set up in such a way to allow maximum participation of all members. It is also set up to be democratic, and to let as many members as possible practice basic skills in self-government. The NCPEI is a federation made up of three zones, corresponding to the counties of PEI. Members can organize smaller units on a local or community basis, and these smaller units ensure that people will be well represented and will have recognition of their particular local needs.


Native Alliance of Québec
  • The Native Alliance of Quebec Inc. is an association of people of aboriginal descendance residing in the province of Quebec demanding the acceptance of First Nations people as a distinct and dynamic people capable of self-government.


Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
  • The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan and is committed to honouring the Spirit and Intent of the Treaties as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of Treaties that were made with the First Nations more than a century ago.


Council of Yukon First Nations
  • The Council of Yukon First Nations is the central political organization for the First Nation people of the Yukon.
Yukon Forum
  • Senior officials from participating governments work together throughout the year and have developed strong government-to-government working relationships. The officials research and develop mutual agenda items and initiatives.