Indigenous Liaison Program

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The Indigenous Liaison Program serves as a bridge between Statistics Canada and First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and Indigenous organizations.

Program objectives:

  • Work in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and organizations to build strong relationships;
  • Increase understanding and access to Statistics Canada's data, products and services;
  • Promote the use of Statistics Canada's data sources for decision-making and community planning activities;
  • Build statistical capacity of Indigenous peoples and organizations;
  • Liaise with communities and organizations on Statistics Canada surveys and other important initiatives.

We offer:

  • Presentations and information sessions in which we present Indigenous data at the provincial and community level;
  • Data distribution to First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations and communities;
  • Data and information request support through personal consultations;
  • Networking that leads to establishing durable and meaningful relationships.


Regional discussions

Statistics Canada is meeting with Indigenous communities and data users across the country asking for their feedback on the 2021 Census of Population questions. These regional discussions will help Statistics Canada ensure our data is relevant and accurate for Indigenous people, governments and organizations.

For more information please contact the Indigenous Liaison Advisor for your region.


For further details, please contact the Indigenous Liaison Advisor in your area:

Atlantic Provinces

Sheila Pelkey
(506) 446-9798


Gibbson Wong 
(343) 575-4582


Melinda Commanda
(705) 522-9221


Raymond Watkins
(403) 498-4297


Helen Tootoosis
(306) 480-2922


Kathleen Crowe
(587) 338-8909

British Columbia

Mary Song
(778) 392-6859

Yukon and Northwest Territories

Raelyn Thomson
(604) 389-2119

Inuit Nunangat

Stephanie Kootoo-Chiarello
(613) 668-9553

Senior Advisor

Jerry Potts
(403) 627-6944

Acting National Manager

Renata Andres
(306) 491-0482