IOG's Policy Crunch : Disruption and Convergence in Public Policy and Governance event series:

Policy Crunch: First Nations Institutions and New Federal Machinery of Government

Half day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • February 11, 20205:30pm - 7:30pm
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What is the status of First Nations-led institutional development? What challenges are faced by existing First Nations institutions, and what opportunities exist for the creation of new institutions? How could new federal-First Nations machinery of government realize the promise of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) by meaningfully involving First Nations in policy development and program oversight at the highest levels?  What would that look like? First Nations-led institutions are making an important contribution to strengthened First Nations governance and self-determination. They, and new federal-First Nation machinery of government, have the potential to accelerate self-determination and lay the groundwork for the transition out of the Indian Act. Join us for a lively and informative panel discussion on the evolution of the Crown-First Nations relationship, and First Nations self-determination in transition out of the Indian Act.

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Jody Anderson, CAPA

Jody Anderson, CAPA

Business Development Manager, Ontario, First Nations Finance Authority

Jody is the Business Development Manager for the First Nations Finance Authority in Ontario. She is Anishinaabe kwe from Treaty 3 and a proud member of Couchiching First Nation. She currently resides in Ottawa with her husband and two sons. Jody holds her CAPA designation (Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator), from AFOA Canada. She has attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program and is a Business graduate from Fleming College. Jody is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with First Nations Leadership and Administration. Her role is to provide information on the FNFA financing model, investment and advisory services it offers.

Prior to joining the FNFA, Jody worked with AFOA Canada for 13 years. She has a keen interest in the advancement and recognition of Indigenous professionals and their communities. She recognizes the importance of responsiveness in providing quality services to meet the current and future economic needs of communities. Jody also believes that financial literacy is critical in the path towards financial stability both at the community and personal levels.

In her spare time, Jody volunteers with various community initiatives, boards and loves being active with her family.

Jonathan Dewar, PhD

Jonathan Dewar, PhD

Executive Director, First Nations Information Governance Centre

Jonathan Dewar was appointed Executive Director of the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) in November of 2017. Jonathan is a recognized leader in healing and reconciliation and Indigenous health and wellbeing education, policy, and research for over a decade, and has extensively published and lectured nationally and internationally on these subjects.

He has worked closely with local, regional, and national networks of Survivors and their allies, particularly the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA), national Indigenous organizations, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, and educational and cultural institutions.

From 2016 to 2017, he was a Senior Advisor to the Reconciliation Secretariat at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Previously, from 2012 to 2016, Jonathan served as the first Director of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and Special Advisor to the President at Algoma University, where he led research, education, curatorial, and community service programming, and taught courses in Anishinaabe Studies, Political Science, and Fine Arts.

From 2007-2012, Jonathan served as Director of Research at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, where he led the Foundation's research and evaluation and knowledge dissemination and publication efforts. He also served as managing editor and co-editor of the Aboriginal Healing Foundations’ three-volume series, Truth and Reconciliation, comprising the titles From Truth to Reconciliation(2008); Response, Responsibility and Renewal(2009); and Cultivating Canada(2011), and co-edited Speaking My Truth.

Jonathan is also a past director of the Métis Centre at the National Aboriginal Health Organization, where he led strategic planning, research and evaluation, communications and community liaison, and policy analysis efforts. Previously, Jonathan served as the founding executive director of the Iqaluit, Nunavut-based Qaggiq Theatre Company from its inception in 2002 to 2006.

Jonathan is of mixed heritage, descended from Huron-Wendat, French-, and Scottish-Canadian grandparents with an academic background in Indigenous arts and literatures and Indigenous studies. A former SSHRC doctoral fellow, he holds an appointment as Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

The First Nations Information Governance Centre is a non-profit organization operating with a special mandate from the Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in Assembly to conduct unique data-gathering initiatives, in collaboration with its Regional Partners, that allow us to build culturally relevant portraits of the lives of First Nations people and the communities they live in. FNIGC envisions that every First Nation will achieve data sovereignty in alignment with its distinct world view.

Harold Calla (CPA, FCGA, CAFM)

Harold Calla (CPA, FCGA, CAFM)

Executive Chair, First Nations Financial Management Board

After many years of experience in international business, Mr. Calla worked with the Squamish Nation as a negotiator in the areas of economic development, land management and finance and served 8 years on the Squamish Council, representing Squamish Nation interests in the development of the First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA), the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA), the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA), and the First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act (FNOGMMA). Harold has served as the Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB) since its inception in 2006. The FMB is one of three fiscal institutions created under the FMA to support First Nations economic development, by supporting First Nations efforts to access the capital markets and by providing capacity development support to First Nations in the areas of financial administration law development and certification of their financial performance and financial management systems.

He is currently a member of the Board of FortisBC Inc. and is Chair of their Audit Committee. He has completed terms on the Boards of CMHC, Partnerships BC and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.He has either chaired or served on the Audit Committees of these various boards. Harold is a recipient of numerous awards in recognition of excellence in leadership. In particular, the C.G.A. Association of Canada celebrating their 100th year in 2008 recognized Harold as one of 100 CGA’s who, in their view, over the 100 years have made a difference. In August 2012 Harold was also awarded a fellowship by the C.G.A. Association of Canada. Harold is also a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) and has been awarded the designation of Certified Aboriginal Financing Manager (CAFM).

Harold is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

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