First Nations Communities in Distress

Anyone with even a passing familiarity with First Nation communities is struck by their diversity in terms of, among other things, size, language and culture, geographic location (urban, rural, remote), and levels of well-being. It is this latter dimension that is the focus of this essay. In particular we are interested in those distressed communities on the extreme end of the well-being continuum. To state that individuals living in these communities experience conditions that are the very worst in Canada… Read more

CityScapes Roundtable No.5: Toronto Tour

The CityScapes Roundtable Program visited Toronto in January 2003 to learn about the challenges facing large metropolitan areas. The City of Toronto organised a day and a half program that allowed participants to explore multi-level government cooperation, and to examine various issues related to city planning, economic development, effective zoning, the waterfront revitalisation, transportation, housing, urban poverty, immigration and settlement, and youth employment. Participants also met with representatives of all three levels of government and local NGOs.

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