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1999 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

1999 Report—Chapter 2

Exhibit 2.10—Indian and Northern Affairs Canada's Co-ordination of Consultations North of the 60th Parallel

Because of the nature of its mandate, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada planned early to conduct two-phase consultations on its sustainable development strategy in the Yukon and NorthWest Territories. To help other departments obtain input from Northerners for the development of their own strategies, the Department invited them to participate in joint consultations. Five departments (Fisheries and Oceans, National Defence, Environment Canada, Canadian Heritage and Natural Resources Canada) joined in phase 1 or phase 2 of the consultations in the North. Co-ordination proved to be challenging for Indian and Northern Affairs because departments were at different stages of strategy preparation and had different views on the consultation process. However, joint consultation made it possible for Northerners to provide input into other departments' strategies, and responded to a request often expressed by Native communities that federal departments should come together when they want to hear their views .

Source: Interviews and survey of departments, Office of the Auditor General of Canada