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Transforming Government–Indigenous Relations: The Principles and Directive Guiding Recognition and Renewal


"Going forward, recognition of rights will guide all government relations with Indigenous Peoples."
Prime Minister Trudeau, Feb. 14, 2018

The Canada School of Public Service, in collaboration with Justice Canada, presents a 90-minute armchair discussion on the government's adoption of a recognition-based approach in its relations with Indigenous Peoples.

Our guest speakers will focus on the Principles Respecting the Government of Canada's Relationship with Indigenous Peoples and the Attorney General of Canada's Directive on Civil Litigation Involving Indigenous Peoples. They will offer concrete examples of the use of the principles and the directive in seeking creative problem-solving to benefit the government and Indigenous Peoples alike.

Join us in Ottawa on June 19 in person or via webcast. This important learning event is your opportunity to better understand the government's new approach and your role in its implementation.


  • Michel Smith, Elder
  • Timothy Sargent, Deputy Minister, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Geoffrey Bickert, Q.C., Assistant Deputy Attorney General, National Litigation Sector, Justice Canada
  • Jean-François Tremblay, Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada


Gina Wilson, Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada

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