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 summary outlines the fourth session of IOG’s TANAGA (Towards a New Aboriginal Governance Agenda) series. The event examined the issue of aggregation in Aboriginal governance: an arrangement amongst communities to share services and powers through the establishment of new bodies or new responsibilities for member governments.
This brief re-evaluates the standard arguments for the various models of aggregation in light of international and local experience, and provides new rationales for aggregation based on good governance criteria. The purpose is to draw out the chief policy implications for First Nation governance both in the short and long term.
The purpose of this paper is twofold. It begins by canvassing the range of aggregation options that those involved in self-government negotiations and other initiatives might wish to consider. The paper then goes on to draw a number of specific conclusions about aggregation in the First Nation context.