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Guide for Identifying High Quality Individuals for Board Membership

DOWNLOAD | One function common to most boards is identifying future board members. Indeed, it may be one of their most important jobs. And it should be done with some care, based on an analysis of the qualities and experience … Continue reading

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Assessment Tool for Evaluating Aboriginal Citizen Registry Systems

DOWNLOAD | Citizen registries are essential for any government. They provide the basis for elections, help determine who is eligible for program benefits, identify those with certain Aboriginal rights, and provide an important instrument in the conduct of intergovernmental relationships. That … Continue reading

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Governance Assessment Tool for Chief and Council

DOWNLOAD  |  This tool can provide a comprehensive self-assessment of the overall performance of Chief and Council.  It based on ten functions on which a high performing Council should be focused and provides a quantitative rating for each as well … Continue reading

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Tool for Evaluating Meetings

DOWNLOAD  |  Anyone involved in a governance role spends large portions of their time in meetings.  And yet despite this significant expenditure of time, participants in meeting rarely spend anytime collectively evaluating their effectiveness and discussing how such meetings could … Continue reading

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Model Governance Policies for Chief and Council

DOWNLOAD |  Policy is also a critical instrument for governments.  This tool has been adapted so that the governance policies for boards of not for profit organizations are now relevant for Chief and Council.  It contains six model governance policies. … Continue reading

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Model Governance Policies for Aboriginal Boards of Directors

DOWNLOAD |  Policy is a critical governance instrument for any not for profit organization. Among other things, well- crafted policies save time, ensure fair treatment of members, reduce the risk of legal problems, focus board attention on matters critical to … Continue reading

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How Does Your Board Stack Up: A Self-Assessment Tool

DOWNLOAD  |  Aboriginal Boards of Directors can use this tool to assess both their strengths and weaknesses. Based on this assessment, Boards can then develop action plans for improving their performance. This tool can also be used, if slightly adapted, … Continue reading

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First Nation Communities in Distress: Dealing with Causes, not Symptoms

DOWNLOAD  |  The focus of this essay is on those highly distressed, First Nation communities on the extreme end of the well-being continuum. Its purpose is to stimulate reflection on what might be an appropriate policy response to such communities. … Continue reading

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Empowering Highly Distressed First Nation Communities to Help Themselves: A Proposed Approach

DOWNLOAD |  This policy brief argues that there is no apparent strategy for dealing with the most distressed First Nation communities, reviews briefly the reasons why governance reform is so difficult to effect and proposes a series of pilot projects … Continue reading

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The First Nation Governance System: A Brake on Closing the Community Well-being Gap

DOWNLOAD |  In this paper, the author notes that the gap in the community well-being index between First Nation communities and those in the rest of Canada appears to be widening, not narrowing, and argues that the unique and dysfunctional … Continue reading

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