Aboriginal Policy

— Mar 21, 2017
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Custom Election Codes for First Nations

Custom Election Codes for First Nations: A Double-Edged Sword finds that nearly 60 per cent of Canada’s First Nations have adopted custom election systems for band chiefs and councils, instead of using Indian Act rules. And while custom-made election systems for individual First Nation bands may produce more accountable and transparent government, they may also lead to abuse of power and discrimination.

— Nov 1, 2016
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Why First Nations Succeed

Why First Nations Succeed finds that First Nations in Canada with the highest living standards—according to the federal government’s Community Well-Being Index—capitalize on, rather than oppose economic opportunities available to them, such as tourism, recreation and natural resources. They are also governed by long-serving, fiscally prudent chiefs who are paid less than the average for all First Nations leaders.

— May 26, 2016
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Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Peoples

The Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Peoples: A Patchwork of Canadian Policies spotlights the legal duty to consult – a principle in Canadian law that obligates federal and provincial governments to consult Aboriginal peoples prior to making decisions that could affect Aboriginal or treaty rights. The study finds that the duty to consult has been implemented by provincial governments in different ways:  This has resulted in a patchwork of policies that can be difficult to navigate for Aboriginal people and for project proponents who are trying to advance development projects that cross provincial boundaries.

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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
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Alberta Faculty of Law
  • Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute