Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio Evaluation

1. Introduction

This document constitutes the final report for the evaluation of the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio (AAP), whose mandate is to provide high quality legal services and legal policy advice in relation to Aboriginal Peoples (i.e., Indian, Métis and Inuit peoples of Canada) to the Deputy Minister and Minister of Justice, and to federal departments and agencies. The AAP mandate also includes providing high-quality legal services on northern development issues within the mandate of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).Footnote 2

1.1. Purpose of the Evaluation

In accordance with the 2009 Treasury Board Policy on Evaluation, the primary purpose of this evaluation was to assess the relevance and performance of the AAP. In terms of relevance, the evaluation considered the continued need for the Portfolio and alignment of the AAP activities with government priorities, departmental strategic outcomes and federal roles and responsibilities. With regard to performance, the evaluation considered both effectiveness (i.e., the extent to which the Portfolio has achieved its objectives) and efficiency and economy (i.e., the degree to which appropriate and efficient means are being employed to achieve the desired outcomes).

The evaluation examined the legal services delivered and the structures to support their delivery, including those at Headquarters, within the AANDC Legal Services Unit (LSU) and in the regional offices. The evaluation covers the work during fiscal years 2008-09 to 2012-13. An advisory group with representatives from the Portfolio provided ongoing input into the evaluation, which was conducted between January 2013 and June 2015. This is the first evaluation of the Portfolio.

1.2. Structure of the Report

This report contains five sections, including the Introduction. Section 2.0 provides the background on the AAP, describing its structure, resources and services. Section 3.0 describes the methodological approach used in the evaluation. Section 4.0 summarizes the key findings, while Section 5.0 presents the conclusions and recommendations.

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