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1999 - The government unveils Gathering Strength: Canada's Aboriginal Action Plan, a long-term, broad-based policy approach in response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

January 2, 1999

Gathering Strength is an ac


tion plan designed to renew the relationship with the Aboriginal people of Canada. This plan builds on the principles of mutual respect, mutual recognition, mutual responsibility and sharing which were identified in the report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. That report has served as a catalyst and an inspiration for the federal government's decision to set a new course in its policies for Aboriginal people.


Gathering strength looks to both the past and the future. It begins with a Statement of Reconciliation that acknowledges the mistakes and injustices of the past; moves to a Statement of Renewal that expresses a vision of a shared future for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.


It has four key objectives:

  1. Renewing the Partnerships- bring meaningful and lasting change in our relationships with Aboriginal people.

  2. Strengthening Aboriginal Governance - support Aboriginal people in their efforts to create effective and accountable governments, affirm treaty relationships, and negotiate fair solutions to Aboriginal land claims.

  3. Developing A New Fiscal Relationship - arrive at financial arrangements with Aboriginal governments and organizations.

  4. Supporting Strong Communities, People and Economies - improve health and public safety, invest in people, and strengthen Aborirginal economic development.

In addition to the above, there is a separate section on how to address these objectives in Canada's northern territories. -Gathering Strength, Canada's Aboriginal Action Plan


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