Aboriginal Policy

— Nov 6, 2018
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The Costs of the Canadian Government's Reconciliation Framework for First Nations

The Costs of the Canadian Government’s Reconciliation Framework for First Nations finds that settling ongoing litigation with First Nations could cost the federal government $5.7 billion over the next five years. That’s in addition to federal spending on First Nations, which itself increased from $8.2 billion in 2015/16 to more than $10 billion this year.

— Jun 21, 2018
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Specific Claims and the Well-Being of First Nations

Specific Claims and the Well-Being of First Nations finds that the federal government has paid nearly $6 billion over the past four decades to hundreds of First Nations in Canada to settle “specific claims” linked to historical treaties, but there has been no corresponding increase in living standards among those recipient First Nations.

— Mar 1, 2018
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The Community Capitalism of the Fort McKay First Nation: A Case Study

The Community Capitalism of the Fort McKay First Nation: A Case Study finds that by seizing business opportunities, Fort McKay First Nation in northern Alberta has markedly improved the living standards of its members and raised its average after-tax income to more than $73,000—much higher than the national average.

— Nov 21, 2017
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Bending the Curve: Recent Developments in Government Spending on First Nations

Bending the Curve: Recent Developments in Government Spending on First Nations finds that First Nations across Canada are generating billions in revenue for themselves—and not only from natural resources. According to the study, the average own-source revenue total for approximately 80 per cent of all First Nations in Canada (those with publicly available data) was $5.9 million in 2015/16.

Research Experts

  • Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Distinguished Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
  • former Leader of the B.C. Liberal Party
  • Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute