January 24, 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 Tŝilhqot’in Nation with $205,000 through the Nation Rebuilding Program to support their efforts towards self-determination. Funding will support the Tŝilhqot’in Nation to take on greater stewardship responsibilities through their Tŝilhqot’in Ranger Program and build capacity within their Nation’s communities to maintain consistent Tŝilhqot’in land management values.
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.
“By supporting nation-rebuilding efforts we support strong and self-reliant Indigenous nations that will have the capacity to govern effectively and fulfil their vision of self-determination. Supporting investments in capacity development and activities that accelerate the path to rebuilding and reconstituting their nations is critical to reconciliation and renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples.”
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.