Strategic outcome and program descriptions

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Department

Strategic Outcome 1

The People – Individual, family and community well‑being for First Nations and Inuit.

Program 1.1 — Education

The Education program contributes to The People Strategic Outcome by supporting First Nation and Inuit students in achieving educational outcomes comparable to other Canadians. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) has the principal role for elementary and secondary education for First Nation students ordinarily resident on reserve. The Education program also provides financial supports for post‑secondary education to eligible First Nation and Inuit students. The overarching goal of AANDC's Education programming is to provide eligible First Nation and Inuit students with quality education, and ultimately, the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to enter the labour market and be full participants in a strong Canadian economy.

Program 1.2 — Social Development

The Social Development program contributes to The People Strategic Outcome by funding five social programs that assist First Nation individuals and communities to become more self‑sufficient; protect individuals and families at risk of violence; provide prevention supports that allow individuals and families to better care for their children; and support greater participation in the labour market. The Program assists First Nation men, women and children to achieve greater independence and self‑sufficiency in First Nation communities across Canada by providing funds to First Nations, First Nation organizations, provinces, and others that provide individual and family services to on‑reserve residents (and Yukon First Nation residents). These services help First Nation communities to meet basic and special needs; support employability and an attachment to the workforce; and support the safety of individuals and families. Through these five social programs, First Nations are better able to advance their own development; leverage opportunities; and actively contribute to the broader Canadian economy and society.

Program 1.3 — Residential Schools Resolution

The Residential Schools Resolution Program contributes to The People Strategic Outcome by supporting a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and promoting reconciliation with former students, their families and communities, and all Canadians. AANDC implements the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) — a multi‑party negotiated settlement monitored by the courts — by administering the Common Experience Payment and the Personal Credits strategy, resolving claims of abuse under the Independent Assessment Process and meeting the Government of Canada's obligations vis‑à‑vis the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In addition to its legal obligations under the IRSSA, AANDC funds and monitors the Advocacy and Public Information Program and promotes reconciliation between the Government of Canada and Aboriginal peoples, as well as between Aboriginal and non‑Aboriginal people, through specific reconciliation initiatives. A fair resolution of the legacy of Indian Residential Schools contributes to improved relationships between Aboriginal people and all Canadians and strengthens Aboriginal communities.

Program 1.4 — First Nations Individual Affairs

The First Nations Individual Affairs Program contributes to ensuring federal stewardship of the legislative and administrative responsibilities of the federal government pertaining to Registration, Membership, Status Cards and Estates. Results are achieved through direct client‑services and partnerships with First Nations to: determine eligibility for registration under the Indian Act; issue proof of registration documents, such as the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS), and administer estates under the Indian Act. Through excellence in client centric service delivert, the sound administration of individual affairs contributes to the well‑being of First Nation individuals, families and communities.

Strategic Outcome 2

The Government — Support good governance, rights and interests of Aboriginal Peoples.

Program 2.1 — Aboriginal Rights and Interests

The Aboriginal Rights and Interests Program contributes to The Government Strategic Outcome. It seeks to strengthen collaboration between governments and Aboriginal groups through mutual respect, trust, understanding, shared responsibilities, accountability, dialogue and negotiation concerning the rights and interests of Aboriginal peoples. Partnerships will be established helping to contribute to the strengthening of the social, economic and cultural well‑being of Aboriginal communities which conditions support more active participation in Canadian society. The program also addresses constitutional and historic obligations and public policy by: negotiating agreements which achieve clarity with respect to law‑making authority and the ownership, use and control of lands and resources; addressing specific claims; developing multi‑partner processes in areas identified by Aboriginal groups and the federal government; and supporting effective and meaningful consultation with Aboriginal groups and their representation in federal policy and program development.

Program 2.2 — Management and Implementation of Agreements and Treaties

The Management and Implementation of Agreement and Treaties Program contributes to the Government Strategic Outcome. It aims to create and maintain ongoing partnerships to support both historic and modern treaties to fulfill Canada's legal obligations while considering Aboriginal rights and interests. This program supports Aboriginal communities in articulating their interests, participating in economic activities, managing and developing land and resource development and management, where applicable, and demonstrating the importance of treaties and related partnerships between the Crown and Aboriginal people. This is achieved by honouring Canada's obligations as set out in final settlement agreements, and improving collaboration between Canada and Aboriginal peoples and between Canada and Historic and Modern Treaty Aboriginal groups. Creating and maintaining partnerships that honour historic and modern treaties contributes to strengthened, healthy, self‑reliant and sustainable Aboriginal communities while promoting delivery of programs and services vital to health and advancement of Aboriginal citizens and self‑governing communities. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment(s): (S) Indian Annuities Treaty payments; (S) Grants to Aboriginal organizations designated to receive claim settlement payments pursuant to Comprehensive Land Claim Settlement Acts; (S) Grant to the Nunatsiavut Government for the implementation of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement pursuant to the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement Act; Grants to implement comprehensive land claims and self-government agreements; Grants to Participating First Nations and the First Nations Education Authority Pursuant to the First Nations Jurisdiction over Education in British Columbia Act; Contributions to support the negotiation and implementation of Treaties, Claims and self-government agreements or initiatives; Contributions for the purpose of consultation and policy development; and Contributions to support First Nations Elementary and Secondary Educational Advancement.

Program 2.3 — Governance and Institutions of Government

The Governance and Institutions of Government Program contributes to The Government Strategic Outcome. This Program provides support to First Nation governments, as well as Aboriginal governance institutions and organizations. The intent of this support is to facilitate capacity development in the Aboriginal public service; the elected leadership; and entities that administer aggregate services on behalf of or to First Nation governments and their communities. Transparent and accountable First Nation governments attract investment, create opportunities, and effectively support their citizens. Transparent and accountable institutions and organizations strengthen the fabric of Aboriginal governments across Canada; assist Aboriginal communities and their governments in attracting investment; and support Aboriginal participation in the Canadian economy. Ultimately, good governance practices are essential for active Aboriginal participation in Canadian society and the economy.

Strategic Outcome 3

The Land and Economy — Full participation of First Nations, Métis, Non‑Status Indians and Inuit individuals and communities in the economy.

Program 3.1 — Infrastructure and Capacity

This program contributes to The Land and Economy Strategic Outcome by supporting First Nation communities in acquiring, constructing, owning, operating and maintaining a base infrastructure that protects their health and safety and enables their engagement in the economy. The Emergency Management Assistance sub-program supports the four pillars of emergency management on‑reserve: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The Capital Facilities and Maintenance sub‑program provides funding and advice to support housing, capacity building and community infrastructure, including water and wastewater systems, education facilities, roads and bridges, electrification, and community buildings. Ultimately, this program enables First Nations to participate more fully in the Canadian economy by establishing a base of safe infrastructure that meets established standards, and housing and infrastructure that meets the needs of First Nations communities as well as supporting the four pillars of emergency management.

Program 3.2 — Community Development

Supporting community development leads to greater participation in the economy and improved economic prosperity for Aboriginal Canadians. Guided by the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development, and its vision of Enhancing the Value of Aboriginal Assets, AANDC's Community Development programming, through its sub‑programs, contributes to The Land and Economy Strategic Outcome by providing support for activities that establish the conditions for economic development to take place. In playing this key support role, Community Development programming expects to influence greater self‑reliance, and participation in the mainstream economy and community well‑being.

Program 3.3 — Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

Supporting Aboriginal entrepreneurship leads to greater participation in the economy and improved economic prosperity for Aboriginal Canadians. Guided by the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development, and its vision of strengthening Aboriginal entrepreneurship, AANDC's Aboriginal Entrepreneurship program contributes to The Land and Economy Strategic Outcome. The sub‑programs within this program stream work together to support the creation and growth of viable Aboriginal businesses, by providing access to business capital, support services, and business opportunities. In playing this key support role, this Program expects to influence longer-term Aboriginal business viability, leading to improved economic prosperity for Aboriginal Canadians.

Program 3.4 — Urban Aboriginal Participation

The Urban Aboriginal Participation Program contributes to the Land and Economy Strategic Outcome. The program supports the participation of urban Aboriginal individuals and communities in the economy. Through programs such as the Urban Aboriginal Strategy, the Aboriginal Friendship Centers Program, the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth, and Young Canada Works, it provides a vehicle by which the federal government can work with other governments, the urban Aboriginal community, and other stakeholders to reduce or remove barriers, and enhance the life skills and knowledge of urban Aboriginal individuals and communities. These enhancements allow them to access economic opportunities. The program allows the federal government to facilitate partnerships with all levels of government to align expenditures directed toward urban Aboriginal individuals and communities in key centres, achieving more substantive outcomes. The program will expand local labour market pools, allowing for increased economic development, and assist in moving urban Aboriginal communities towards increased self‑reliance and a reduced dependency on government, thus helping to strengthen Canada's economy as a whole. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment(s): Urban Aboriginal Participation; Contributions to support the Aboriginal Peoples' Program; and Contribution for Inuit counselling in the South.

Program 3.5 — Strategic Partnerships

The Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) is an innovative, horizontal program intended to align federal efforts to support Aboriginal participation in complex economic opportunities, particularly large regional opportunities and major resource developments. Given the nature of these developments, multiple federal departments and agencies have an interest and role with respect to their planning and implementation. There are more than twenty federal departments and agencies delivering programs and services that support Aboriginal economic development. In order to access support, communities must therefore work with several federal partners each with differing programs, application requirements and approval processes, thereby inhibiting a coordinated, timely and strategic approach to Aboriginal community participation. Recognizing the need to support community participation at the early stages of these developments, the program provides a mechanism for federal partners to collectively identify emerging opportunities, target investment decisions and streamline program application and approval processes. In doing so, the initiative also helps to build closer partnerships with non-federal partners, including provincial and territorial governments, the private sector and Aboriginal communities. The Aboriginal Economic Development Strategic Partnerships Initiative contributes to The Land and Economy Strategic Outcome by aligning federal efforts, leveraging investments from other levels of government and the private sector, and addressing gaps in programming to ensure that Aboriginal Canadians can participate in and benefit from priority regional opportunities and major resource developments. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment(s): Contributions to support the Aboriginal Economic Development Strategic Partnerships Initiative.

Strategic Outcome 4

The North — Self‑reliance, prosperity and well‑being for the people and communities of the North.

Program 4.1 — Northern Governance and People

The Northern Governance and People Program supports The North Strategic Outcome. This program strengthens the North's communities and people by devolving to territorial governments responsibilities for lands and natural resources; by fostering effective intergovernmental relations with territorial governments and providing support to Territorial Commissioners; by subsidizing the costs of nutritious perishable foods and other essential items in isolated Northern communities; by providing grants for hospital and physician services in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories; by working with Northern communities to identify the risks and challenges posed by climate change and by advancing interests of Canadians and Northerners through circumpolar forums. Canadians and Northerners will benefit with territorial governments ultimately having more control over their own affairs.

Program 4.2 — Northern Land, Resources and Environmental Management

The Northern Land, Resources and Environmental Management Program supports The North Strategic Outcome. It focuses on the management, sustainable development and regulatory oversight of the land, water, natural resources, and environment of the North, delivering on the Department's role as the Government of Canada's natural resource manager in Nunavut and the offshore, and its post‑devolution responsibilities in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. This program involves: managing oil and gas resources development; supporting the sustainable management of active mineral exploration and development; supporting the sound management of contaminated sites and of Nunavut and the few remaining AANDC‑managed land and water areas in the North; and ensuring the completion of territorial land-use planning including zones for conservation, development and other uses. Northerners and Canadians will benefit from economic opportunities and sustainable development.

Program 4.3 — Northern Science and Technology

The Northern Science and Technology Program contributes to The North Strategic Outcome. It aims to support scientific research and technology in the North by providing researchers and scientists with increased access to programs and infrastructure to further research science and technology. The focus of this program is: researching and monitoring contaminants and their impacts on the ecosystem through the Northern Contaminants Program; supporting initiatives to create, manage and disseminate scientific data and results that help inform public policy making; and supporting the work to establish the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS). Northerners and all Canadians will benefit from a knowledge base that supports health and sustainable development, and the positioning of Canada as an international leader in Arctic science and technology.

Strategic Outcome 5

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 5.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Canadian Polar Commission

Strategic Outcome 1

Increased Canadian polar knowledge.

Program 1.1 — Research facilitation and communication

Research facilitation and communication.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Strategic Outcome 1

Disclosure and recognition of the truth regarding Indian Residential Schools furthers healing and reconciliation for the individuals and communities affected.

Program 1.1 — Truth and Reconciliation

This program supports the research, truth, healing and commemoration undertakings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This program, which is part of Canada's obligations under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, will include the creation of a historic record of the Indian Residential Schools system and legacy, as well as truth taking, healing and commemoration events. This program has funding for five years, after which it will wind down.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal Services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal

Strategic Outcome 1

Efficient administration of the Specific Claims Tribunal.

Program 1.1 — Registry Services

Facilitates timely access to the Specific Claims Tribunal through client service, quality of advice, and efficient and timely processing, and unbiased service delivery.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

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