Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs Secretariat


Intergovernmental Affairs

The Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat is responsible for monitoring and analyzing intergovernmental dimensions of constitutional, social, fiscal,
economic and resource policy matters in order to formulate and provide policy advice on the development of the Provincial Government’s intergovernmental
strategy and agenda. The Secretariat has a legislated mandate to be a party to all intergovernmental agreements on behalf of the province. This ensures
strong policy continuity across different policy areas to achieve the best results for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

Indigenous Affairs

The Indigenous Affairs branch has two divisions: Policy and Planning, and Negotiations.

The Policy and Planning division focuses on a principles-based, respectful relationship with Indigenous people, communities, governments and organizations; such relationships are crucial to enable Indigenous Affairs to analyze, assess, design and develop Government policies, programs and services, so that every effort is made to ensure those policies, programs and services are culturally sensitive, meaningful and appropriate for Indigenous people and communities.

The Policy and Planning division is also responsible for the design, development, implementation and administration of Aboriginal consultation policies and practices to ensure Government discharges the Duty to Consult in respect of lands and natural resources whenever that Duty may arise.

The Negotiations division focuses on the assessment, negotiation and implementation of land claims, self-government and other agreements to promote the self-sufficiency, self-government, and cultural autonomy of Indigenous peoples and communities, and to provide clarity and certainty with respect to the ownership of and rights to lands and resources, and the management of those resources, in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact Information

Patricia Hearn

Deputy Minister
Intergovernmental Affairs
Tel: (709) 729-2134

Aubrey Gover
Deputy Minister
Indigenous Affairs

Tel: (709) 729-6401

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