Aboriginal Policy

— Feb 20, 2019
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Wealth of First Nations

Wealth of First Nations is a new book highlighting the successful traits of those First Nations across Canada that have improved the well-being of their members. Crucially, First Nations that participate in the local economy and generate own-source revenues, as opposed to relying heavily on government transfers, have higher living standards.

— 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.

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