Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
The position of Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians was created in 1985 as a portfolio in the Canadian Cabinet. As of September 4, 2012, the part of the Office of the Federal Interlocutor (OFI) that deals with Métis and Non-Status Indians has joined the department's Policy and Strategic Direction branch in order to streamline program management and business processes to deliver efficient, effective and accountable programs. As the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs is officially responsible only for Status Indians and largely with those living on Indian reserves, the position was originally created in order to provide a liaison between the federal government and Métis and non-status Aboriginal peoples, urban Aboriginal people and their representatives. The Minister and the Division of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians provided facilitation between these groups and a variety of government departments, not just the Department of Indigenous Affairs.
Past federal interlocutors include:
- Bernard Valcourt (2013-2015)
- John Duncan (2010-2013)
- Chuck Strahl (2006-2010)
- Andy Scott (2004-2006)
- Denis Coderre (2003-2004)
- Ralph Goodale (1997-2003)
- Anne McLellan (1994-1997)
- Jim Edwards (1993)
- "Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians (Mandate, Roles and Responsibilities)". Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-18.