Funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) supports Aboriginal people in their efforts to:

  • improve social well-being and economic prosperity;
  • develop healthier, more sustainable communities; and
  • participate more fully in Canada's political, social and economic development - to the benefit of all Canadians.


AANDC is one of the federal government departments responsible for meeting the Government of Canada's obligations and commitments to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and for fulfilling the federal government's constitutional responsibilities in the North.

AANDC's responsibilities are largely determined by numerous statutes, negotiated agreements and relevant legal decisions.

Most of the Department's programs, representing a majority of its spending - are delivered through partnerships with Aboriginal communities and federal-provincial or federal-territorial agreements. AANDC also works with urban Aboriginal people, Métis and Non-Status Indians (many of whom live in rural areas).


The Government has made it a priority to renew and deepen its relationship with Aboriginal peoples and recognizes that their contribution will be important to Canada’s future prosperity. However, concerted action is needed to address the barriers to social and economic participation that many Aboriginal Canadians face, and for this reason, since 2006, the Government has pursued an agenda based on achieving concrete results and working with willing partners, focussing on five priority areas:

  • Education;
  • Reconciliation, Governance and Self-Government;
  • Economic Development;
  • Empowering Citizens and Protecting the Vulnerable; and
  • Resolving Land Issues.


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