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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 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.

Statement of Action

I have undertaken a review of the Economic Statement document and outlined policies that are relevant to Social Policy for Ontario First Nations.  I have also compiled a list of supports that have either indirect impacts or are quasi-social in nature, in the sections that follow.

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