Indigenous Human Rights Strategy
Alberta is home to over 260,000 Indigenous people (representing about 6.5 per cent of the population). Research shows that Indigenous people face disproportionate rates of racism, discrimination, and hate in their day-to-day lives, and they continue to experience disadvantages and injustices as a result of the lasting effects of Canada's colonial legacy. Despite this, the Commission's data suggests that Indigenous people do not access the human rights complaint system at the same rate as non-Indigenous people. With the ongoing human rights issues that Indigenous people in Alberta face, the Commission recognizes the need to prioritize this work and has developed a comprehensive strategy to address these issues.
In June 2021, the Commission launched its Indigenous Human Rights Strategy with input from the Indigenous community. This Strategy will help guide the Commission's practices and initiatives with the goal of reducing barriers that Indigenous individuals and communities face. It also aims to enhance the Commission's interaction with Indigenous Albertans and communities. An Indigenous Advisory Circle was established in September 2021 to assist the Commission with implementing the Strategy.
- Indigenous Human Rights Strategy: The Indigenous Human Rights Strategy outlining principles and values, goals and objectives, and strategic actions.
- External Review: The Commission conducted an organization-wide external review of its programs, procedures, and operations to ensure that they are accessible for Indigenous Peoples. The purpose of the review was to identify the gaps and issues that may unknowingly contribute to systemic discrimination.
- Indigenous Human Rights Strategy - Summary: A brief overview of the Commission's Indigenous Human Rights Strategy that summarizes the Strategy's purpose, goals, and action areas.
- Backgrounder: A backgrounder containing information on Indigenous human rights in Alberta, provincial data and research, the Commission's human rights complaint data, federal and international reports, the history of the Commission's Indigenous engagement and initiatives that informed the Strategy, as well as the Commission's engagement framework.
Revised: March 14, 2023