Revisiting the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

As Canada approaches the twentieth anniversary of the Royal Commission on  Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) in 2016, and the 150th anniversary of the British North  America Act (now the Constitution Act, 1867) in 2017, the IOG has undertaken a new
symposium series that builds on its previous work and seeks to better understand the  future of indigenous governance. While undoubtedly groundbreaking at the time, much has changed since RCAP issued its final report. The composition of the indigenous population has changed dramatically, the jurisdictional relationships have transformed significantly (with provinces in particular), and the potential opportunities with industry have increased significantly; and yet, the conditions of Indigenous peoples in Canada persists as one of this nation’s most serious shortcomings. There is still much work to be done and the anniversary of RCAP provides another important touchstone in indigenous issues as the IOG continues to explore the future of indigenous governance with its partners.

This symposium discussion paper focuses on the future of indigenous governance.



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    Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.

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