Claudette Dumont Smith appointed Ministerial Special Representative to lead consultations on reform of Indian Act status, band membership and First Nations citizenship
From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
June, 12 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Today, the Government of Canada announced the launch of consultations under the Collaborative Process on issues of Indian registration, band membership, and First Nation citizenship.
Ms. Claudette Dumont-Smith has been appointed as the Minister’s Special Representative (MSR) to lead the consultations to ensure that the dialogues account for and reflect the diversity of viewpoints of the participating individuals and communities. In this role, Ms. Dumont-Smith will lend her expertise to the process and lead various consultation activities where First Nations and Indigenous groups will come together to discuss the issues at the heart of the Collaborative Process.
The collaborative process will involve comprehensive consultation and joint work with First Nations, Indigenous groups, experts and impacted individuals on Indian registration, band membership, and First Nation citizenship reform.
Ms. Dumont-Smith will also prepare a final report on consultation activities including summaries of the input received during the process and recommendations to be used in the preparation of a report to Parliament to be tabled by June 12, 2019.
The Government remains firm in its commitment to ensure that this process will meaningfully inform future reform of Indian registration, band membership, and First Nation citizenship.
“The Government of Canada is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination from the registration provisions of the Indian Act going back to its inception over 100 years ago and to remove barriers to First Nations self-determination regarding membership and citizenship. I am grateful that Ms. Dumont-Smith has accepted the appointment as Ministerial Special Representative to lead the collaborative process to develop a comprehensive path forward in full partnership with First Nations.”
– The Honourable Carolyn Bennett,
Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, M.D.,P.C., M.P.
“I look forward to working with the Department on the Collaborative Process and providing guidance on the development of the consultation process and leadership in the engagement sessions to obtain input from First Nations, Indigenous groups and impacted individuals.”
– Ms. Claudette Dumont-Smith,
Minister’s Special Representative
- Departmental representatives will hold information sessions with interested First Nations and Indigenous groups from June to September 2018 to provide information on the current issues around Indian registration and the consultation process.
- The Minister’s Special Representative’s work will begin in summer 2018 and continue through June 2019. Regional events will be led by the MSR from September 2018 to February 2019, across the country to consult and provide a forum for discussion on the issues identified in the Consultation Plan.
- Community sessions will be organized by First Nations, Indigenous groups or by the government from September 2018 to March 2019. Proposal-based funding will be made available to any First Nation or Indigenous group that submits a proposal and qualifies for funding to participate in the Collaborative Process.
- An online survey will be available from September 2018 to February 2019 to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to provide direct and confidential input into the process, with copies available in print through the Department.
Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada