Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act - Action Plan 2023-2028 -

The Action Plan

The 2023-2028 Action Plan is the result of two years of working in consultation and cooperation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis from across Canada.

In keeping with the UN Declaration Act and the spirit of the UN Declaration, the Government of Canada worked in consultation and cooperation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to develop an Action Plan to achieve the objectives of the UN Declaration, and to identify measures needed to ensure federal laws are consistent with the UN Declaration.

This Action Plan provides a roadmap of actions Canada needs to take in partnership with Indigenous peoples to implement the principles and rights set out in the UN Declaration and to further advance reconciliation in a tangible way.

The Action Plan includes 181 important measures that:

  • reflect priorities and proposals identified by First Nations, Inuit and Métis
  • contribute to achieving the objectives of the UN Declaration
  • align with specific topics covered by the UN Declaration Act

The Action Plan is another step along our collective journey of reconciliation together; it is not an end point. The plan is not a static document, but must continue to evolve in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Metis. The Action Plan is evergreen and the Government of Canada will remain committed to the work in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples to ensure it meets their priorities.

Progress made in implementing each of the action plan measures will help to break down barriers, combat systemic racism and discrimination, close socio-economic gaps, and promote greater equality and prosperity for Indigenous peoples. Through the implementation of the UN Declaration Act, we will build a better, more equitable future for Indigenous peoples and, in doing so, a more inclusive Canada for this and future generations.

Together with First Nations, Inuit and Métis, we are charting a new way forward in building renewed, nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationships based on the affirmation of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.