The Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and the Department of the Interior, of the United States of America hereinafter referred to as "the Participants";
Recognizing that Canada and the United States of America work on a wide range of common interests and issues in the context of indigenous and northern issues;
Wishing to promote mutually beneficial exchanges in areas of policy development, institutional building, program delivery, research, legislation, and other pertinent areas;
Taking due note that Indigenous peoples and communities in each country have different languages, political structures, customs and beliefs, and that Indigenous peoples and communities are located in urban, rural and remote settings;
Desiring to respect the dignity and rights of Indigenous peoples within the respective countries through mutual cooperation; and
Intending to strengthen cooperation in indigenous affairs through processes that facilitate the mutual exchange of information, experiences, ideas and knowledge, in order to improve the quality of life of Indigenous peoples in each country.
Have reached the following understanding:
Signed in duplicate at Ottawa this 29th day of March 2010 in the English and French languages.
Chuck Strahl for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Ken Salazar for the Department of the Interior, of the United States of America