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Federal Economic Statement Issued November 30, 2020: Impacts on First Nations Social Policy

Executive Summary: The Fall Economic Statement outlines program and financial supports pertaining to First Nations Social policy, with interactions and overlap through other various other fields/sectors/disciplines.

Most notably, funding and policy has been indicated regarding:

  • Indigenous ELCC: $70 million spread over 5 years, beginning in 2021-22, with $15 million ongoing to sustain the existing federal Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Secretariat, and to help build Indigenous governance capacity and support Indigenous participation in the development of a Canada-wide system

  • Support for Indigenous and Northern Communities: $380 million additionally in 2020-21 for the Indigenous Community Support Fund. Also, $112 million for First Nations to support a safe return to schools on reserve and $206.1 million to support a safe restart in Indigenous communities, including adapting community infrastructure and other supports for safe restart in Indigenous post-secondary education institutions.

  • Anti-Racism Initiatives: $50 million for 2 years, beginning in 2021-22 to expand Canadian Heritage’s programs, Community Support, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program; and Anti-Racism Action Program.

  • MMIWG Inquiry Response and National Action Plan: $781.5 million in funding over 5 years starting in 2021–22, and $106.3 million ongoing to combat systemic discrimination against Indigenous peoples and expand efforts to combat violence against Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ and two-spirit people.


On November 30, 2020, the federal government announced an Economic Statement and released an associated 237-page document with details of Covid-19 recovery both on an individual and community health basis, as well as on an economic and social one. Included within the plan are a number of planning, policy, and funding, supports. There are a number of specific initiatives for First Nations and Indigenous policies and programs across Canada. Additionally, some policies and programs targeted to First Nations were included as a subsection within broader public policy initiatives.

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SSCU #6 FES Impact Statement Analysis -
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