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Indigenous natural resources

NRCan encourages Indigenous participation to ensure concerns and interests are taken into consideration throughout the resource sector and for major projects.

Services and information

Aboriginal land claims boundaries

Ensures that Canada meets its obligation to define the extent of land negotiated within comprehensive claims.

Participation in mining activities

Indigenous participation in mining activities are encouraged information sharing to support partnerships and capacity-building.

Indigenous mining agreements

Indigenous participation in mining activities are encouraged information sharing to support partnerships and capacity-building

Indigenous engagement on Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX)

Maintaining and strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities in the post-decision period of the TMX project.

Programs and funding

Alternative Response Measures Participant Funding Program - Pipelines

Explore funding opportunities to engage in alternative response measures on pipelines to address potential oil spills.

Clean Fuels Fund - production capacity

Funding for Indigenous-led clean fuel production capacity projects in Canada.

Clean energy in Indigenous, rural and remote communities

Funding for projects that can help advance Indigenous-led climate action, support local economic development and create skilled jobs.

Indigenous Forestry Initiative

Helps to increase the participation of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in the Canadian economy and improve economic outcomes for Indigenous peoples throughout Canada.

Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative

Aimed at generating new opportunities through clean energy and energy efficiency projects in remote Indigenous communities.

Indigenous Natural Resources Partnerships Program

Funding for Indigenous economic participation encouraging collaboration among Indigenous communities and organizations.

Sistering Indigenous and Western Science program

A paid mentorship program to increase the representation and participation of women and Indigenous peoples in science-related disciplines and research.

Trans Mountain Expansion Project Accommodation Measures

Focus on building capacity and long-term relationships, marine safety, spill prevention, response capacity, cumulative effects, fish and fish habitat, and quieter vessels, as well as further terrestrial studies.


Natural Resources Canada honours reconciliation

NRCan is the first federal department to have a sector with an Indigenous name gifted by Elders. Nòkwewashk (No-kway-washk), is an Algonquin word for sweetgrass and is NRCan’s newest sector. Learn its significance.

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