Major changes are afoot with respect to the Métis reality in Canada as evidenced by a number of developments, including the unanimous Supreme Court judgement affirming the constitutional rights of the Métis in R. v. Powley. However, despite the urgency of this issue and in contrast to First Nations governance, there has been relatively little written or researched on Métis Nation governance issues. The IOG, in partnership with JTM Consulting Inc., conducted this extensive research study to stimulate thinking among… Read more
This policy brief considers a number of paths in advancing First Nations participation in the forest sector. It is based a larger study which was sponsored by Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), the First Nations Forestry Program (FNFP), and the National Aboriginal Forestry Association (NAFA), and had the purpose of analysing the policy context in each province and territory nationwide and its impact on First Nations – forest industry relationships. The policy brief contains a number of recommendations for how First… Read more
Written for three sponsoring organizations – the National Aboriginal Forestry Association (NAFA), the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and the First Nations Forestry Program (FNFP) – this paper outlines the legal and policy context affecting relationships between First Nations and the forest industry in Canada. It provides a broad contextual overview as well as detailed analyses of each provincial and territorial context, and a number of conclusions and recommendations for effectively improving First Nations forest sector participation. The analysis… Read more
This policy brief is based on IOG’s longer paper on ‘Government to Government Relationships’. It analyzes the concept of sound ‘Government to Government Relationships’, both in generic terms, and in application to the unique First Nations context in Canada. The IOG’s framework of five good governance principles is employed in building a definition useful for the evaluation and development of new government initiatives.
Responding to the increasingly common view that the goal for First Nations and the federal government is to achieve sound ‘Government to Government Relationships’, this paper seeks to define this important concept, both in generic terms, and in application to the unique First Nations context in Canada. The IOG’s framework of five good governance principles guides the construction of a practical definition of the concept, one which is useful in analysing or developing new government initiatives.
Written for three sponsoring organizations – the National Aboriginal Forestry Association (NAFA), the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and the First Nations Forestry Program (FNFP) – this paper explores developments in the complex relationships between First Nation communities and forest sector companies in British Columbia over the past five years. The analysis is based on a series of interviews with First Nation community administrators and entrepreneurs, industry representatives, and government officials, and builds on previous IOG studies on the… Read more
Based on mounting evidence that sound governance is a necessary condition for sustainable socio-economic development, this paper outlines some of the central governance challenges facing Aboriginal communities in Canada – particularly First Nations – and proposes an agenda of change to deal with these issues over the coming decade.
As the IOG discovered in a survey of common usages of the term ‘stewardship’ in various contexts around the world, the term has gained currency in a wide variety of policy debates – particularly around environmental, product, and technological stewardship – but there is remarkably little consistency to the concept’s meaning. This policy brief clarifies the meaning of ‘stewardship’ by: (1) outlining common current usages; (2) illustrating the problems with inconsistent usages in the context of biotechnology in Canada; and… Read more