January 23, 2019 — Vancouver, BC — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
The Government of Canada is committed to helping Indigenous groups seeking to rebuild their nations in a manner that responds to the priorities and unique needs of their communities.
Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that Canada has provided the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council with $599,200 through the Nation Rebuilding Program to support their efforts towards self-determination. Funding will support the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council develop both centralized capacity as well as local capacity in each Carrier Sekani First Nation community to rebuild their governance and hereditary structures. Work will include the development of community history books and community workshops on governance; roles and responsibilities; clan systems; and hereditary systems.
Made possible through Budget 2018, the Nation Rebuilding Program is designed to help Indigenous groups build governance structures and institutions so they can take on and exercise their rights, including self-government, and act at a nation level.
The Program is an important step forward in renewing nation-to-nation relationships with Indigenous peoples; improving their well-being and economic prosperity; and developing healthier, more sustainable communities.
“Through the Nation Rebuilding Program, Canada is pleased to support the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council in their important work rebuilding and reconstituting their nation. Canada is renewing the relationship with indigenous peoples by supporting strong and self-reliant Indigenous nations enhance their capacity to govern effectively and fulfil their vision of self-determination.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1996) recommended that Indigenous groups should begin to reconstitute themselves as nations and create institutions with breadth and capacity to take on the exercise of rights, including self-government.
Nation Rebuilding Program funding has been made available for five years starting in 2018-19. All funded proposals support capacity development as well as aggregation and nation-rebuilding activities that include more than one Indigenous group of the same nation.