Comments - 9. Reconciliation and open government


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The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership, open government activities.

The Government of Canada acknowledges the great harm some of its policies and laws have caused to Indigenous people and their cultures, heritage, and languages. Government must strive to ensure this history is not repeated by working to ensure Indigenous perspectives, values, and lived experiences are included in decisions about the policies, laws, relationships, and decisions that impact their lives. As expressed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), government must also "respect and promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples which derive from their political, economic and social structures and from their cultures, spiritual traditions, histories, and philosophies, especially their rights to their lands, territories, and resources."



Open government is a way to ensure that government decision-making processes represent and are informed by the voices of the people that will be affected by them. The Government of Canada will engage directly with First Nations, Inuit and Métis rights holders and stakeholders to explore an approach to reconciliation and open government, in the spirit of building relationships of trust and mutual respect.

This commitment has been purposely designed to allow for significant co-creation and co-implementation, encouraging First Nations, Inuit, and Métis rights holders and stakeholders to define their own approaches to engagement on open government issues. We recognize that, in contrast to other commitments, government cannot act alone to define an approach. Instead, we must work in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of activities and engagement processes that we could explore in the coming years to allow us to continue our journey of reconciliation and relationship-building.



9.1 Work with Indigenous peoples to advance open government

9.1.1 Through in-person and online dialogue, scope is assessed for stronger collaboration with Indigenous peoples on open government and data governance

9.1.2 All members of the Open Government team in TBS receive OCAP training (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession)

9.1.3 Options are explored, in collaboration with the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and the Canada School of Public Service, for supporting officials in departments across government to receive OCAP training

9.2 Build capacity for Indigenous communities and organizations to use data and research for their own requirements and needs

9.2.1 In co-development with Indigenous organizations and communities, 15 workshops are delivered in Indigenous communities on the use of open government data to support improved social and economic outcomes. Where possible, remote participation options will be provided

9.3 Work with Indigenous peoples to identify ways in which transparency around consultation and engagement activities can be enhanced

9.3.1 Systems supporting consultation and engagement are updated to enhance transparency

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