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Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.

Find out what our partners are doing:

Successful outcomes and positive impacts from community-based projects

Six communities share their experiences monitoring environmental contaminants with the help of the First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program.

The Atikamekw of Opitciwan launch a mechanical tree harvester training program

The Coopérative de Travail Inter-Nations (Inter-Nations Worker Co-op) offers a culturally adapted career training programs for Atikamekw community of Opitciwan students in the forestry sector.

Centre of Expertise on Impact and Benefit Agreements: an important ally

The Centre of Expertise on Impact and Benefit Agreements supports First Nations in Quebec with their economic development project negotiations.

Blazing a trail: First Nations to control their water delivery services in Atlantic Canada

First Nations will take full control of water and wastewater service delivery in the Atlantic in the spring of 2022.

Keeping families together during the pandemic

New visitation shelters in Manitoba are helping families stay connected and safe during the pandemic, combatting the isolating effects of COVID-19.

Supporting fly-in First Nations communities during COVID-19

ISC provides direct air transportation with strict health protocols for nurses, other essential personnel and medical supplies to remote First Nations communities the provinces.

Building friendships and economies throughout Canada

First Nations and neighbouring municipalities across Canada are working together through the Community Economic Development Initiative to strengthen local economies and build positive relationships for everyone.

Fun with food: Farm-to-Fork project in Abegweit

First Nations children in Prince Edward Island get hands-on experience with agriculture, harvesting and preparing food.

The Nation Anishnabe de Lac Simon gets a bigger elementary school

Amid a population boom, this community's school expansion, in Quebec, benefits current and future students.

Shoal Lake 40 welcomes the opening of Freedom Road

All-season road offers year-round access to vital goods and services, ending more than 100 years of isolation in Shoal Lake, Manitoba.

New schools built through Manitoba Schools Initiative

The Manitoba Schools Initiative provided 4 northern First Nations communities with tools and support to actively participate in the design and construction of new schools from start to finish.

Little Red River Cree Nation sets students up for success

Little Red River Cree Nation, in Alberta, improved their school infrastructure with renovations to John D'Or Prairie School offering students more culturally-inspired learning environments.

Nuxalk Nation builds homes and strength

Nuxalk Nation carpenter Richard Hall trained apprentices and designed housing suited to their culture and British Columbia climate.

Urban Programming expands reach

Sasamans Society's innovative youth navigator program for Indigenous peoples in British Columbia mentors youth in care and on probation.

New water treatment system for Horse Lake First Nation

Horse Lake First Nation in Alberta celebrates the opening of their new water treatment system in September 2018.

Creating innovative homes in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations

Faced with a growing population and limited housing options, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations in British Columbia, turned shipping containers into rental homes.

First Nations school system celebrates first-year successes

How 10 participating schools benefited from the new Manitoba First Nations School System, from more materials to improved morale among students and staff.

ISC and Nunavut fund mobile addiction treatment program

This 28-day program helps people escape addiction by finding answers on the land.

Other government departments

Métis woman making inroads into the field of engineering

Chennoa Tracey credits the Gabriel Dumont Institute and ASETS with helping jump-start her engineering career in Saskatchewan.

Indigenous welder forges a new career helping others

Lucien Ledoux forged a new career helping others find their own paths in Manitoba.

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