Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat
The Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat was established in 2009 to coordinate government’s response to Aboriginal matters within the province. In addition to offering a central point of contact for First Nations and Aboriginal organizations, the Secretariat provides a means by which to promote inter-departmental communication and cooperation on governmental matters related to Aboriginal Affairs. The Secretariat supports work conducted under the Partnership Agreement with the Mi’kmaq and Canada, continues to participate in a contribution agreement with the Native Council of PEI, and provides annual grant funding to the Aboriginal Women’s Associate of PEI. The Secretariat represents PEI at various inter-governmental tables including:
- Federal-Provincial-Territorial-Indigenous Forum;
- Federal-Provincial-Territorial-Duty to Consult Working Group;
- Atlantic Aboriginal Consultation Community of Practice; and
- Canadian Association of Provincial and Territorial Archaeologists.
Under the Archaeology Act and Regulations the Secretariat is also responsible for managing all archaeology and palaeontology within Prince Edward Island, with the director also serving as the provincial archaeologist. Responsibilities include archaeological site management and protection, procedures, public awareness, and consultation with various groups having archaeological interests.