Indigenous Stewardship Policy

Consultation on proposed policy: currently open

The proposed Indigenous Stewardship Policy is open for public engagement from June 11 to July 3, 2024.

  1. Read the draft policy and share it with members of your community including youth and Elders
  2. Consider:
    • What does meaningful stewardship look like to you and your community?
    • Is the proposed Indigenous Stewardship Policy an effective tool to enable and support Indigenous stewardship within the system of protected heritage places?
  3. Email your feedback to

Throughout the region now known as Canada, Parks Canada’s actions have cut or altered Indigenous Peoples’ long-standing relationships and sacred responsibilities for the lands, water and ice. These relationships and responsibilities have determined Indigenous Peoples’ identities and influenced their cultures and languages for thousands of years.

In collaboration with a diverse group of Indigenous leaders, Parks Canada is developing a policy to better support Indigenous stewardship within the system of protected heritage places. The proposed Indigenous Stewardship Policy reflects what Indigenous Peoples have said is needed to strengthen Indigenous connections with protected lands, waters and ice within their traditional territories, treaty lands and ancestral homelands. At its core, the intent of the policy is to advance reconciliation and support implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Overview of policy

A shorter summary of the proposed policy. English, Inuktitut (Foxe Basin dialect), Eastern Ojibway, Plains Cree, Michif Cree.

Indigenous stewardship policy (proposed)

Full text of the proposed policy in English and Inuktitut (Foxe Basin dialect).

Past engagement

How Parks Canada collected feedback that helped shape the proposed policy. English and Inuktitut (Foxe Basin dialect).

Privacy notice

The information you provide is collected under the authority of section 8 (1) of the Canada National Park Act, for the purpose of public engagement on Parks Canada’s proposed Indigenous Stewardship Policy.

Because the information received is not identifiable to any specific individual, Parks Canada Agency will not be able to provide rights to access or correction of the information you have submitted.

The information you provide may be used and/or disclosed for policy analysis, research and/or evaluation purposes. However, these additional uses and/or disclosures of your personal information will never result in an administrative decision being made about you.

Your personal information is administered in accordance with the Privacy Act. You have the right to the protection of, access to, and correction of your personal information, which is described in Personal Information Bank Outreach Activities PSU 938.

You have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding the agency’s handling of your personal information at:

In the email response, please do not include any personal information about yourself or anyone else; this includes name, address, email, or any other information by which you or anyone else can be identified by your comments or views.

Next steps

Your feedback will inform the next draft of the Indigenous Stewardship Policy. We will publish a summary of feedback and the final version of the policy on this web page.

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