Strategic outcome and program descriptions

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Indian Affairs and Northern Development

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 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 Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada'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

This program funds five social programs—Income Assistance, Assisted Living, National Child Benefit, Child and Family Services, and Family Violence Prevention—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 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

This program supports a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and promoting reconciliation with former students, their families and communities, and other Canadians. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada implements the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement—a multi-party negotiated settlement monitored by the courts—by 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 Indian Residential Schools Truth and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada 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 other Canadians and strengthens Aboriginal communities.

Program 1.4: First Nations Individual Affairs

This 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, and administer estates under the Indian Act. Through client-centric service delivery, 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

This program 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; dealing with special 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

This program aims to create and maintain ongoing partnerships to support both pre and post-1975 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 resources, where applicable. It also helps to demonstrate 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 pre and post-1975 Treaty Aboriginal groups. Creating and maintaining partnerships that honour pre and post-1975 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. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment(s): Indian Annuities Treaty payments; Grants to Aboriginal organizations designated to receive claim settlement payments pursuant to Comprehensive Land Claim Settlement Acts; 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; Contributions to support First Nations Elementary and Secondary Educational Advancement.

Program 2.3: Governance and Institutions of Government

This program provides support to First Nation governments, as well as Aboriginal governance institutions and organizations through core and targeted programming. 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 supports 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. Other sub-programs provide 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 Economic Development

Supporting community development leads to greater participation in the economy and improved economic prosperity for Aboriginal Canadians. This program is guided by the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development and its vision of Enhancing the Value of Aboriginal Assets, and supports activities that promote conditions for economic development. In playing this key support role, Community Economic Development programming expects to promote greater self-reliance and participation in the mainstream economy and community well-being.

Program 3.3: Urban Aboriginal Participation

This program supports the participation of urban Aboriginal individuals and communities in the economy. The program is comprised of two streams: Community Capacity Support and Urban Partnerships. Community Capacity Support provides funding to urban Aboriginal community organizations to establish a strong and stable base from which to deliver initiatives that increase the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy. Urban Partnerships encourages partnership development and community planning, making investments in projects that increase the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy. In order to achieve more substantive outcomes in urban Aboriginal communities, the program collaborates with key stakeholders to undertake strategic planning, articulate outcomes for communities, identify priorities, and jointly implement initiative. In its approach, the program provides a vehicle by which the federal government can work with other governments, the urban Aboriginal organizations, and other stakeholders to support urban Aboriginal individuals and communities in pursuing social and economic opportunities. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment(s): Contributions to support the Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

Program 3.4: Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

Supporting Aboriginal entrepreneurship leads to greater participation in the economy and improved economic prosperity for Aboriginal Canadians. This program is guided by the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development and its vision of strengthening Aboriginal entrepreneurship. The sub-programs within this program 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 3.5: Strategic Partnerships

The Strategic Partnerships Initiative 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. Strategic Partnerships Initiative provides a mechanism for federal partners to collectively identify emerging opportunities, target investment decisions and streamline program application and approval processes to support Aboriginal communities at the early stages of large and complex economic opportunities. 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. 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 Land, Resources and Environmental Management

This program 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 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, Nunavut and the few remaining Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada-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 4.2: Northern Governance and People

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 4.3: Northern Science and Technology

This program aims to support scientific research and technology in the North through programs and infrastructure to ensure that domestic and international policy on key issues for the North is better informed by a scientific knowledge base. The focus of this program is: researching and monitoring contaminants and their impacts on the ecosystem and human health through the Northern Contaminants Program; assessing, managing and communicating scientific data and results, and contributing expertise to help inform public policy making as well as international controls on certain contaminants; and supporting work to establish the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. 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 High Arctic Research Station

Strategic outcome 1

Canada has world-class Arctic science and technology to support the development and stewardship of Canada's North and is recognized as a leader on circumpolar research issues.

Program 1.1: Science and Technology for the North

This program aims to create the conditions for Canadian High Arctic Research Station to anchor a strong research presence in Canada's Arctic. Through both partnering and internal science and technology, Canadian High Arctic Research Station will acquire the wide range of information needed for effective solutions to Arctic issues, policy and research program development in the North, and to advance Canada's position as a leading Arctic nation. The depth of knowledge gained through scientific and technological research and training supports greater sustainable use of the North's land and natural resources.

Program 1.2: Polar Knowledge Application

This program aims to lead the mobilization of polar science and technology into action. Canadian High Arctic Research Station will: analyse and disseminate polar knowledge from its Science and Technology Program, as well as that from current federal, territorial and other stakeholders, and investments to inform management, programming, and policies; promote Arctic science and technology nationally and internationally; and build capacity through training, outreach, and learning opportunities. This will ensure polar knowledge is relevant to stakeholders and builds a science culture in Canada.

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.

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.

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