Upon the 30th anniversary of the enactment of Section 35, which recognized and enshrined Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982, the Institute on Governance convened a series of symposia, gathering together leaders and practitioners from Indigenous communities, public governments, and the private sector to reflect on the influence Section 35 has had on federal and provincial law, policy and decision-making and on indigenous governance. Following on the heels of the Beyond Section 35 symposia in Ottawa in… Read more
The Institute on Governance and Senior Associate, John Graham, hosted a brown bag lunch session on the Pangnirtung Pilot Project on Thursday March 31, 2011. Pangnirtung Pilot Inuit and First Nation communities are much more diverse in terms of basic living conditions in comparison to communities in the rest of Canada. Given this diversity, governments are beginning to adopt highly differentiated approaches for encouraging socio-economic development. Isolated communities especially require tailored approaches. Pangnirtung, with a population of just over 1300 and located on… Read more
This brief looks at the current approach to self government, and the difficulties it poses for Aboriginal communities. Exploring international experiences and good governance principles, the paper puts forward alternative approaches to achieving self-government – approaches which are less government-centric and more evolutionary.
This paper provides an overview of the second event of IOG’s TANAGA (Towards a New Aboriginal Governance Agenda) roundtable series. The session explored issues around status and membership in Aboriginal communities and tackled questions such as: What defines a ‘status Indian’ and a ‘community member’? What will Aboriginal communities look like in several generations given these definitions? And how do these rules affect life in the communities?
Conventional wisdom suggests that politics and business need to be completely separate from one other. This policy brief suggests that this ‘wisdom’ needs to be re-examined.