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Term: Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2019-11-15


A federal government department (formerly part of the now-dissolved Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)) that is responsible for working "collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis- and "to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socioeconomic conditions in their communities." (Government of Canada, 2019). ISC provides services and information related to:

  • Indigenous health (including healthcare services, non-insured health benefits, treatment of drug and substance use disorders, environmental health)

  • Water safety and housing on reserve

  • First Nation community infrastructure (including support programs)

  • Education and social programs and initiatives

  • Governance

  • Consultation, engagement and duty to consult

  • Emergency resources (to prevent, respond and recover) (Government of Canada, 2019).

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  • Government of Canada. Indigenous Services Canada. - (Published on the Indigenous Services Canada website: - Accessed April 24, 2019). 2019. Available from: [Abstract] (View)
  • Katz A, Avery Kinew K, Star L, Taylor C, Koseva I, Lavoie J, Burchill C, Urquia M, Basham A, Rajotte L, Ramayanam V, Jarmasz J, Burchill S. The Health Status of and Access to Healthcare by Registered First Nation Peoples in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2019. [Report] [Summary] [Updates and Errata] [Additional Materials] (View)

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