CANADIAN HERITAGE AND THE NATIONAL GATHERINGS
An important part of the mission of the Department of Canadian Heritage is to assist Canadians to express and to share their diverse cultural experiences with each other and with the world. Several years ago it became clear that Canadian Heritage could do more to adequately recognize the many and diverse cultures of the original inhabitants of this land.
With this in mind it was decided to open a respectful dialogue with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples through a series of national Gatherings. The goal was to develop practical strategies for working together in areas where the mandate, expertise and experience of the Department of Canadian Heritage would coincide with the aspirations of Aboriginal peoples.