Indigenous Human Rights Strategy

Alberta is home to over 260,000 Indigenous people (representing about 6.5 per cent of the population). The 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 develop a comprehensive strategy to address these issues.

To advance this work, the Commission developed an Indigenous Human Rights Strategy. In May 2021, the Commission received feedback on the draft Strategy. 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. The Strategy will be supported by an Indigenous Advisory Circle that will help guide its implementation.

Calls for Expressions of Interest

Indigenous community members are invited to put their names forward to participate on the Indigenous Advisory Circle. A call for Expressions of Interest is open from June 21, 2021 to July 31, 2021. More information about the Strategy, the Advisory Circle, and supporting documents are found below. The guidelines for submitting Expressions of Interest are found here.

  • Indigenous Human Rights Strategy: An Indigenous Human Rights Strategy outlining principles and values, goals and objectives, and strategic actions.

  • 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.

  • Indigenous Advisory Circle Terms of Reference: A draft Terms of Reference outlining the Indigenous Advisory Circle's mandate, key responsibilities, organization and administration, remuneration, authority, and shared values.

  • 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: July 21, 2021

Our vision is a vibrant and inclusive Alberta where the rich diversity of people is celebrated and respected, and where everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in society, free from discrimination.