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Participate in shaping the National Benefits - Sharing Framework

Our engagement plan

In fall 2023, a national engagement process will provide opportunities for in-person engagement with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis rights-holders, including modern treaty signatories, self-governing nations, and historic treaty partners across the country. Throughout this process, opportunities to engage will also be extended to Indigenous economic development experts, national and regional Indigenous representative organizations, Indigenous industry associations, non-Indigenous industry associations, industry representatives, and provincial and territorial governments.

National engagement process


We plan to conduct a national engagement process where we can hear directly from Indigenous Peoples. These sessions will be hosted in multiple locations across Canada in the fall of 2023 and will provide opportunities to discuss and comment on the policy papers that will help shape the National Benefits-Sharing Framework.

Engagement process

Continuous engagement

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is collecting input on an ongoing basis regarding the Government of Canada’s role in ensuring Indigenous communities benefit from natural resource development. We are open to submissions from Indigenous groups, industry representatives, and provincial and territorial governments. Please submit input to the NBSF inbox.

Previous scoping discussions

Throughout the second half of 2022, NRCan held over 80 sessions with Indigenous partners, industry, and provinces and territories to discuss and identify the potential scope of an NBSF.

Across all discussions, there was consensus that a well-designed framework could bring increased quality and consistency to benefits sharing and increase the capacity of Indigenous communities to partner in the natural resource sector, with access to capital arising as an area of shared priority. Four pillars emerged that capture the core themes and barriers that could be considered under an NBSF: (1) capacity, (2) inclusion, (3) partnerships, and (4) economic benefits.

Contact us to share your comments and feedback

We want to hear from you and know what you think about the NBSF. Please contact our team at to share your comments on the NBSF process, the proposed pillars, or our upcoming engagement process.

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