Environment and natural resources

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) transfers responsibility and control over lands, resources and the environment to Indigenous peoples and Northerners through land claim and self-government agreements and devolution to territorial governments. ISC also fulfills an important role in developing natural resources and protecting the environment in most First Nations communities and the territories.

Services and information

Water in First Nations communities

Find out how the Government of Canada works with First Nations to end long-term drinking water advisories and improve water and wastewater systems on reserve.

Sustainable development

Learn how First Nations and Inuit communities eliminate contaminants and focus on sustainable development opportunities and environmental stewardship.

Land management

Learn about programs and legislation about reserve land, land management, environmental stewardship, financial management and the professional land management certification program.

Oil and gas and energy

Learn how ISC engages with First Nations and Northern communities in strategies to develop knowledge, capacity and tools to improve access to renewable energy sources.

Community economic development

Learn how ISC is helping Indigenous communities get the most from their economic development potential.

First Nations waste management initiative

Find out about funding available for solid waste management projects on reserve.


Learn about ISC's role in the assessment and clean-up of environmentally contaminated sites on reserve and other lands.

Environmental management

Learn about the 3 different areas of environmental management for which ISC is responsible.

Mining and minerals

Learn about ISC's statutory authority and responsibilities with regard to mines and minerals.

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