Focus: Environment, Health, Indigenous Knowledge
Partners: Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), Crown-Indigenous Relations, Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
About the Project: The Government of Canada is collaborating with CIER to co-lead various Indigenous engagement activities across the country in 2023, regarding the management of federal contaminated sites.
Our aim is to provide a forum for meaningful discussion with Indigenous governments and communities in identifying gaps and priorities related to federal contaminated sites management and the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP) Program. Through these engagements, the Government of Canada hopes that these sessions also provide information on how Indigenous Peoples can be further involved in the Program delivery process and prioritization of work on federal contaminated sites that impact Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Federal Contaminated Sites Management Project
The purpose of the engagement sessions is to engage Indigenous governments and determine how they can be further involved in the management of federal contaminated sites, the federal program delivery process and prioritization of sites to better support their communities.
Across the country, there will be a total of 4 regional virtual engagement sessions (Western, Eastern, Northern and Quebec/Labrador) and 2 in-person engagement sessions (1 in Winnipeg and 1 in Yellowknife). These engagement sessions will occur between February 2023 and May 2023.
Participant feedback from the sessions will assist with informing the future direction of federal contaminated sites programming and the 2021 Minister of Environment’s Mandate Letter Commitment (MLC) to identify and prioritize the clean-up of contaminated sites in areas where Indigenous Peoples, racialized, and low-income Canadians live, with a What We Heard 2023 report generated.
FCSAP Indigenous Engagement Sessions