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.