Notices and requests related to An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

Section 25 of the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families (the Act) requires that certain information provided under section 20 be posted online or made accessible to the public. The tables below display the notices and requests received by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) under section 20 of the Act as well as information provided to ISC concerning Indigenous child and family services laws developed under the framework made pursuant to the Act.

Publication of this information is not intended to confirm any rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, the status of any notices or requests provided under section 20 of the Act, or the validity of the authorization of each Indigenous governing body.

Notices of intention to exercise legislative authority

Subsection 20(1) of the Act provides that an Indigenous governing body, acting on behalf of an Indigenous group, community or people, may give notice of their intention to exercise its legislative authority in relation to child and family services to the Minister of Indigenous Services and the government of each province and territory in which the group, community or people is located.

This table shows the notices provided to ISC, updated March 3, 2021.

Province(s) or territory Indigenous governing body Indigenous group, community or people Notice provided Notice received
Ontario Fort William First Nation Fort William First Nation January 14, 2020 January 14, 2020
Northwest Territories Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Aklavik
Inuvik
Paulatuk
Sachs Harbour
Tuktoyaktuk
Ulukhaktok

January 17, 2020 January 20, 2020
Ontario Bearskin Lake First Nation Bearskin Lake First Nation February 1, 2020 February 1, 2020
Newfoundland and Labrador Innu Nation Mushuau Innu First Nation
Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation
February 6, 2020 February 6, 2020
Saskatchewan Pasqua First Nation Pasqua First Nation February 11, 2020 February 19, 2020
Manitoba Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Sioux Valley Dakota Nation March 6, 2020 March 11, 2020
Alberta Mikisew Cree Nation Mikisew Cree Nation June 4, 2020 July 8, 2020
Newfoundland and Labrador Miawpukek First Nation Miawpukek First Nation July 20, 2020 July 29, 2020
Manitoba Fisher River Cree First Nation Fisher River Cree First Nation September 30, 2020 October 13, 2020
Alberta Enoch Cree Nation Enoch Cree Nation December 3, 2020 December 3, 2020

Requests to enter into a coordination agreement

Subsection 20(2) of the Act provides that an Indigenous governing body acting on behalf of an Indigenous group, community or people may request a coordination agreement with the Minister of Indigenous Services and the government of each province or territory in which the group, community or people is located in relation to the exercise of the group, community or people's legislative authority. Note that requests provided under subsection 20(2) are implicitly considered notices of intent to exercise jurisdiction.

Within 12 months following the request, if a tripartite coordination agreement is reached, or no agreement is reached but reasonable efforts were made to reach an agreement, the laws of the Indigenous group and community would have force of law as federal law and would prevail over federal and provincial or territorial laws.

Such Indigenous laws must still respect sections 10 to 15 of the Act, the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

This table shows requests submitted to ISC, information on when coordination agreements were entered into with Indigenous governing bodies, and the date the Indigenous law comes into force. *Of note, under the Act, the date on which the request is made triggers a 12-month period after which an Indigenous governing body's Indigenous law can come into force as federal law, as long as the Indigenous governing body made reasonable efforts to enter into a coordination agreement. If these conditions are met, subject to some exceptions, their Indigenous law will prevail over conflicting provincial, territorial and federal legislation. The date on which the request is received by Indigenous Services Canada is included in the chart below as it constitutes a mandatory obligation under subsection 25(a) of the Act.

Updated March 3, 2021:

Province(s) or territory Indigenous governing body Indigenous group, community or people Request provided* Request received* Coordination agreement entered into Date Indigenous law comes into force
Manitoba Manitoba Métis Federation Métis in Manitoba Prior January 1, 2020 November 28, 2019 To be determined To be determined
Ontario Wabaseemoong Independent Nations Wabaseemoong Independent Nations January 6, 2020 January 6, 2020 To be determined January 8, 2021
Wabaseemoong Independent Nations law
Quebec Makivik Corporation Akulivik
Aupaluk
Chisasibi
Inukjuak
Ivujivik
Kangiqsualujjuaq
Kangiqsujuaq
Kagirsuk
Kuujjuaq
Kuujjuarapik
Puvirnituq
Quaqtaq
Salluit
Tasiujaq
Umiujaq
January 7, 2020 January 7, 2020 To be determined To be determined
Saskatchewan Cowessess First Nation Cowessess First Nation January 9, 2020 January 11, 2020 To be determined To be determined
Manitoba Island Lake Tribal Council Garden Hill First Nation
St. Theresa Point First Nation
Wasagamack First Nation
Red Sucker Lake First Nation
January 18, 2020 January 21, 2020 To be determined To be determined
Ontario Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug February 6, 2020 February 12, 2020 To be determined To be determined
Manitoba First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory Dauphin River First Nation
Ebb and Flow First Nation
Gamblers First Nation
Keeseekoowenin First Nation
Lake Manitoba First Nation
Lake St. Martin First Nation
Little Saskatchewan First Nation
O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation
Pinaymootang First Nation
Skownan First Nation
Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve
March 23, 2020 March 28, 2020 To be determined To be determined
Quebec Atikamekw d'Opiticiwan Atikamekw d'Opiticiwan March 23, 2020 March 23, 2020 To be determined To be determined
British Columbia Huu-ya-aht First Nations Huu-ya-aht First Nations March 26, 2020 March 31, 2020 To be determined To be determined
Saskatchewan Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Muskeg Lake Cree Nation June 4, 2020 June 17, 2020 To be determined To be determined
Alberta Whitefish Lake First Nation #459 Whitefish Lake First Nation #459 June 10, 2020 June 10, 2020 To be determined To be determined
British Columbia Splatsin Splatsin June 24, 2020 June 24, 2020 To be determined To be determined
British Columbia Sts'ailes First Nation Sts'ailes First Nation October 15, 2020 October 16, 2020 To be determined To be determined
British Columbia Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association Áthelets
Leq'á:mel
Sq'ewá:lxw
Sq'ewqéyl
Ch'iyáqtel
Yeqwyeqwí:ws
October 16, 2020 October 19, 2020 To be determined To be determined
British Columbia Cowichan Tribes Cowichan Tribes October 19, 2020 October 21, 2020 To be determined To be determined
Alberta Louis Bull First Nation Louis Bull First Nation October 21, 2020 October 26, 2020 To be determined To be determined
Manitoba Opaskwayak Cree Nation Opaskwayak Cree Nation November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020 To be determined To be determined

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