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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set up in 2015 through a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly, known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda).

Canada has adopted the 2030 Agenda at the UN General Assembly and has released its own 2030 Agenda National Strategy, with a commitment to leave no one behind. To meet this commitment, a rights-based approach that is coherent, comprehensive and balanced is needed, that will guarantee the meaningful inclusion and decision-making of First Nations in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs.

This virtual forum aims to bring together First Nations leadership and their legal and technical experts on sustainable development and related areas with the aim of introducing the SDGs to First Nations and discussing how they could be adapted to advance First Nations priorities.

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Forum Goals

  • Learn about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations SDGs and their linkages with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
  • Discuss key sustainable development priorities of First Nations in Canada, including but not limited to climate change, environment and water stewardship, poverty reduction, health and social inclusion, and economic development.
  • Hear from Canada about the domestic implementation of the SDGs, and related plans around the 2030 Agenda.

Who should attend?

  • First Nations Environment, Economic Development, Health and Social Development directors and technicians, providers and experts or other relevant professionals working on sustainable development issues.
  • Federal, Provincial and Territorial Government officials.
  • Sustainable development practitioners, educators and experts.
SDG Backgrounder

Forum Agenda Overview:

The Forum topics will include:

  • An introduction of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The importance and the linkages of the SDGs and 2030 Agenda to Indigenous peoples globally, and to First Nations in Canada.
  • Updates from Employment and Social Development Canada on the domestic implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
  • Discussion on First Nations priorities around sustainable development, across three dimensions: environment, economic development, and health and social development

Day One
March 29, 2022

Time:11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Welcome Addresses
  • Keynote Addresses
  • Plenary Panel Presentations

Day Two
March 30, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

  • Keynote Addresses
  • Plenary Panel Presentations
  • Closing Ceremonies


Please note that this a free event, but advance registration is required.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) invites you to register for this virtual forum on March 29 and 30, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

If you need assistance registering online, please contact our Registration Coordinator: Tash Cote at [email protected].

Online Registration Registration Form


For more information on the SDGs, please visit:

Contact Information:


If you need assistance registering online, please contact our Registration Coordinator: Tash Cote at [email protected].


For general information on the Forum, contact us at [email protected].

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