Revisiting RCAP – Towards Reconciliation: The Future of Indigenous Governance
On October 15 and 16, 2014, the IOG gathered leaders from governments, First Nations, Métis nations, the private sector, and academia to discuss the future of indigenous governance in light of these upcoming anniversaries. Speakers and panelists provided perspectives on important legal, governance, social and economic advancements made since the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) report.
They also identified persistent gaps that remain, highlighting the urgent need for action to further the vision set forth nearly twenty years ago. Reconciliation initiatives played a considerable role in the dialogue, as indigenous and non-indigenous panelists spoke to the achievements that have been made, as well as the progress that remains to be seen.
The two-day dialogue focused on:
- Revisiting RCAP recommendations and responses with a view to identifying the key developments and stumbling blocks in moving forward on matters pertaining to nation re-building, wealth creation and closing socio-economic gaps; and,
- Exploring the governance implications of wealth creation more specifically, in order to begin to accumulate wise practices around partnership structures, frameworks for shared decision-making, and defining the roles and responsibilities of the parties in governance arrangements.