In November 2006 – INAC Alberta Region met with the Grand Chiefs from Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 seeking support of an initiative created by former Minister of Indian Affairs, Jim Prentice.
Minister Prentice identified 5 priority areas to create partnership with Alberta, INAC and the First Nations identified as “Intergovernmental Initiatives” The five priority areas – Intergovernmental Initiatives (IGI)
- Child and Family Services
- Skills Development
The Treaty 6, 7, and 8 Grand Chiefs supported the initiative and as a result INAC provided funding to the Three PTO’s to host think tank sessions on four priority areas, Water, Housing, Education, and Skills Development. Sessions were completed in the 2006/07 fiscal year and a report was presented to the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs in May 2007, at which time INAC committed to fund the IGO initiative to continue activities into the 2007/08 fiscal year.
In 2007/08 the Chiefs in each Treaty Area appointed Technicians from the First Nations and/or Tribal Councils to sit on subcommittees in each of the five IGO initiatives to begin formalizing the Action Plans Developed from the Think Tank sessions.