Aboriginal peoples: relationships

Aboriginal woman and childHow the government is building stronger relationships with the Aboriginal people in Ontario and working with them create a better quality of life and new economic opportunities.

We’re forging stronger relationships with Aboriginal communities, working with them to improve social and economic conditions and working to resolve land claims. These are just some of the ways we’re going about it.

Annual Premier’s Meeting

Every year, the Premier and the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs hold a meeting with Aboriginal leaders. It sends a strong signal that:

  • Aboriginal people have an important relationship with Ontario
  • the government and Aboriginal leaders are working to improve things of concern, including education, social and economic matters

Aboriginal Affairs Working Group

Ontario is a strong voice on the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group and was chair for the first four years. This is a national group that includes provincial and territorial ministers of Aboriginal Affairs and leaders of the five national Aboriginal organizations:

  • the Assembly of First Nations
  • Inuit TapiriitKanatami
  • Métis National Council
  • Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
  • Native Women’s Association of Canada

The group works together to improve conditions for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, including on issues such as:

  • education and skills training
  • improving economic development opportunities
  • taking action to end violence against Aboriginal women and girls

Who are the members of the Aboriginal affairs working group?

Treaty #3

The Ontario government and the Grand Council Treaty #3 are working to improve the well-being of members of 26 Anishinaabe communities in north-western Ontario.

On October 25, 2012, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Grand Council Treaty #3 signed a new bilateral agreement to work together on:

  • education
  • children and youth issues
  • economic sustainability
  • health

Métis Nation of Ontario

In 2008, the Ontario government and the Métis Nation of Ontario signed a framework agreement that charts a course for a strengthened relationship.

The two groups are working closely to improve the well-being of Métis children, families, and communities while protecting and promoting the distinct culture, identity and heritage of Métis people.

Consultation guidelines

We created Draft Guidelines for Ministries on Consultation with Aboriginal Peoples Related to Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. The overall goal of consultation is to provide protection to Aboriginal and treaty rights while furthering the goals of reconciliation between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown.

Updated: July 8, 2014