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Government of Canada Launches Open Government Web Tool to Share Information on Aboriginal and Treaty Rights

September 23, 2013

FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Sept. 23, 2013 /CNW/ – Provincial and territorial
governments, Aboriginal groups, industry and all Canadians will now have access to an online repository
of information on Aboriginal and treaty rights previously only
available to federal officials.

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development, announced the launch of the new web tool (aandc.gc.ca/atris) at the opening of the Northern Development Minister’s Forum today.

“In the spirit of accountability and transparency, our Government is
committed to making government information more accessible to
Canadians,” said Minister Valcourt. “This web tool will enable people
across Canada to access information on potential and established
Aboriginal and treaty rights from coast to coast to coast.”

The Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS) is a web-based information system intended to map out the
location of Aboriginal communities across Canada and to display
information pertaining to their potential or established Aboriginal or
treaty rights. ATRIS provides users with information on treaties,
agreements and claims processes and links it to a geographic location
or an Aboriginal group on a map. This system will prove enormously
helpful to all levels of government and to industry across Canada in
determining any consultation obligations with Aboriginal groups.

The Crown has a legal duty to consult and, if appropriate, accommodate when contemplating activities or
initiatives that might adversely impact potential or established
Aboriginal and treaty rights. The development of a repository of
information on established or potential Aboriginal and treaty rights
was a key commitment under the Government of Canada’s 2007 Action Plan on Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation.

A previous version of ATRIS was made accessible internally to all
Government of Canada departments and agencies in December 2011. The
launch of the new and improved ATRIS, on the Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development Canada website, supports the Government of
Canada’s plan for Responsible Resource Development and more effective consultation processes by making key information
accessible to provincial and territorial officials, industry,
Aboriginal people and all Canadians.

Frequently Asked Questions: Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information

Go to the Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS)

You may also be interested in:

        --  Treaties with Aboriginal People in Canada
        --  A History of Treaty-Making in Canada
        --  Land Claims
        --  Historic Treaties
        --  Consultation and Accommodation at AANDC
        --  Responsible Resource Development

This release is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.

SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Source: PR Newswire