Aboriginal Policy

— 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.

— Mar 10, 2016
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Government Spending and Own-Source Revenue for Canada's Aboriginals: A Comparative Analysis

Government Spending and Own-Source Revenue for Canada’s Aboriginals: A Comparative Analysis finds that federal and provincial government spending on Canada’s aboriginal population has risen dramatically—well beyond spending for other Canadians—yet education and employment outcomes in many aboriginal communities remain dire. For example, federal government spending through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (which does not represent all federal government spending related to Aboriginals) increased to $7.9 billion (adjusted for inflation) in 2013/14 from $82 million over the past six decades.

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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