Acknowledging Indigenous contributions

In 2015, we introduced a program to acknowledge Indigenous and Métis communities and organizations that were involved in early stages of engagement and learning. Their input helped us build a strong foundation for decision-making that respects the unique status of Indigenous peoples in Canada.


    The communities and organizations we are recognizing with this program do not necessarily support the project. They were open to sharing their views, and helped identify questions and concerns that need to be part of the conversation as the plan moves forward. They are not required in any way to continue their engagement in the process.

    How the Program Works

    Communities that participated in Phase 1 of Preliminary Assessments are eligible to receive $250,000. Contributions of $150,000 are available to organizations that were similarly involved.

    The funding could be used for scholarships or community well-being programs that support youth, elders and community sustainability.

    Each community and organization must create a reserve fund (or similar mechanism) to manage the funding.

    Eligible Communities and Organizations

    Communities eligible to participate in the program include:

    • Buffalo River Dene Nation (SK)
    • As a group, Community Councils represented by the Métis Nation of Ontario (ON)
    • Constance Lake First Nation (ON)
    • Cumberland House Cree Nation (SK)
    • Ginoogaming First Nation (ON)
    • As a group, Métis peoples in The Northern Village of Sandy Bay and The Northern Village of Cumberland House (SK)
    • Mississauga First Nation (ON)
    • Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs’ Forum (ON)
    • Pays Plat First Nation (ON)
    • Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation (ON)
    • Serpent River First Nation (ON)
    • Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation (ON)

    Organizations eligible to participate in the program include:

    • Assembly of First Nations
    • Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (SK)
    • Grand Council Treaty #3 (ON)
    • Nishnawbe Aski Nation (ON)
    • Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal People (ON)
    • Prince Albert Grand Council (SK)
    • Union of New Brunswick Indians (NB)

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    The site selection process

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    Field studies and engagement

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