Policy Brief No. 28: Clarifying Roles of Aboriginal Leaders and their Staff: The Perils of a Portfolio System

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Author: John Graham

A companion to Policy Brief No. 27, which states that Council and staff should operate as partners with distinct but overlapping roles, this brief pursues the theme into the implementation stage. It examines the popular portfolio system, suggesting that this system makes the realization of a partnership between Aboriginal leaders and staff very difficult indeed. After presenting four potential perils of the portfolio system, the brief offers four options Aboriginal communities or organizations might consider in addressing and ultimately mitigating the problems posed by the system.

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