Indigenous Peoples Social Issues

The Prime Minister will meet with First Nations, Métis Nation, and Inuit leaders at least once every year.

Liberal Platform Page 46 October 5, 2015
Jun 2019

Trudeau presented with Metis Nation’s highest honour at meeting in Ottawa

APTN News June 14, 2019

The Metis Nation presented Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with its highest honour in Ottawa Thursday.

Prior to a summit between Trudeau, selected ministers from his cabinet and leaders of the Metis Nation, Trudeau was presented with the Order of the Metis Nation.

At the same news conference, both Trudeau and Metis National Council President Clement Chartier said the relationship between the Metis and government has come a long way since the Liberals took power.

Jan 2019

The Prime Minister attends the Canada-Assembly of First Nations Leaders Meeting

Prime Minister's Office Press Release January 14, 2019

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today attended the Canada-Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Leaders Meeting with National Chief Perry Bellegarde and members of the AFN Executive. The meeting built on the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the AFN and the Government of Canada in June 2017, which underlines shared priorities and guides work to advance the goals and interests of First Nations. The Prime Minister, the National Chief, and other leaders from Canada and the AFN discussed progress made on joint priorities outlined in the memorandum, and ongoing work to create a stronger nation-to-nation relationship between Canada and First Nations.

Dec 2018

Prime Minister meets with National Indigenous Leaders and First Ministers

Prime Minister's Office Press Release December 07, 2018

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today met with national Indigenous leaders and hosted a meeting of First Ministers with national Indigenous leaders.

The Prime Minister first met privately with National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Natan Obed, and President of the Métis National Council Clément Chartier. The national Indigenous leaders spoke to the Prime Minister about their respective socio-economic priorities for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Oct 2017

Indigenous leaders say they had little time to talk to Trudeau and premiers

The Globe and Mail October 03, 2017

Indigenous leaders who were given a brief opportunity to lay their issues before Canada's First Ministers say they are frustrated with the small amount of time devoted to their concerns and they expect more discussion and real progress in the months ahead.

Representatives of the First Nations, the Inuit and the Métis met for a little more than an hour on Tuesday morning with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and provincial premiers before the First Ministers met in private to discuss the economy.

The leaders of the Indigenous organizations said after the meeting that they were pleased to have time with the federal and provincial leaders, but the reconciliation they have been promised is too slow in coming.

It's obviously not perfect, but it's happening.

Dec 2016

Trudeau pledges annual meetings with indigenous leaders to advance reconciliation

The Globe and Mail December 15, 2016

First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders will sit down with the Prime Minister at least once a year to discuss ways to improve the relationship between Canada and its indigenous people under new proposals for reconciliation announced by the Liberal government.

Justin Trudeau emerged from meeting with the heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Manitoba Métis Federation on Thursday to commit to the annual meetings and to two other initiatives aimed at heeding the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which examined abuses at Indian Residential Schools.