The Kelowna Accord was the result of the First Ministers and National Aboriginal Leaders Meeting held on November 24-25, 2005 among the leaders of five national Aboriginal organizations and the provincial and territorial governments. This agreement was based on an 18 month-long consultation process that began with the Canada-Aboriginal Peoples’ Roundtable in Ottawa on April 19, 2004.
The proposed initiatives focused on priority concerns for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples that had been identified during the roundtable consultations. These program areas included economic development, education, health and housing. Had the Kelowna Accord been implemented, it would have been supported by a $5.1 billion financial commitment from the federal government to support this programming over the next five years. Prime Minister Paul Martin’s minority government was defeated shortly after the conference in 2005, and the Accord has not been implemented.
More information about the Kelowna Accord can be found here.
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