Aboriginal Policy

— 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.

— Oct 5, 2017
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The Top Ten Uncertainties of Aboriginal Title after Tsilhqot’in

The Top Ten Uncertainties of Aboriginal Title after Tsilhqot’in finds that the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 ruling in the Tsilhqot’in Nation case has made it unclear how First Nations can use and develop their own land, threatening the potential for economic prosperity.

— Sep 12, 2017
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The Debate about Métis Aboriginal Rights—Demography, Geography, and History

The Debate about Métis Aboriginal Rights—Demography, Geography, and History finds that, due to the ambiguity regarding who is—or isn’t—Métis, and what constitutes Métis land, current negotiations between Ottawa and several Métis associations may create more problems than they will solve.

— Jun 21, 2017
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Incentives, Identity, and the Growth of Canada's Indigenous Population

Incentives, Identity, and the Growth of Canada’s Indigenous Population finds that Canada’s indigenous population increased by a staggering 275 per cent between 1986 and 2011—eight times faster than the general population—and is largely explained by so-called ethnic mobility as more and more Canadians start to identify as indigenous, and qualify for economic benefits.

— 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.

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  • former Leader of the B.C. Liberal Party
  • Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Faculty of Law
  • Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute