Category Archives: Research Papers

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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Improving Health Governance in First Nations Communities: Model Governance Policies and Tools

DOWNLOAD  |  This paper contains a package of governance policies and tools designed for use by health structures in First Nations communities. The policies included are drafted on the assumption that a First Nation has established a corporate body under … Continue reading

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A Legacy of Excellence: Best Practices Board Study Aboriginal Healing Foundation

DOWNLOAD  |  Based on a literature search and their experience in working with boards, the authors describe 11 characteristics of high performing Aboriginal boards and then use these to assess the board of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.  Their conclusion is … Continue reading

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Clarifying Accountability Relationships Affecting Indian and Northern Affairs

DOWNLOAD  |  Following the sponsorship scandal, the Gomery Inquiry, recent federal elections and the introduction of the Federal Accountability Act, it is hard to imagine accountability having a higher priority in this country than it now enjoys. That said, implementing … Continue reading

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Literature Review of Non-profit Best Practices in Governance and Management

DOWNLOAD  |  This literature review explores current research on the best practices of high impact organizations in the non-profit sector. The research draws from both theoretical and practical examples. The authors highlight key messages and best practices pertaining to four … Continue reading

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In Praise of Taxes: The Link between Taxation and Good Governance in a First Nations Context

DOWNLOAD  |  This paper makes a case for taxation of First Nation communities by their governments. It does so from a governance standpoint, arguing that taxation is a governance issue and introducing tax regimes on reserve would enhance the legitimacy, … Continue reading

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Advancing Governance of the Metis Settlements of Alberta: Working Papers

DOWNLOAD  |  Outside of Alberta, very little is known about eight Metis Settlements in that province and their unique governance system. This publication contains three working papers: the first describes this governance system in some detail; the second focuses on … Continue reading

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Building Governance Capacity: the Case of Potable Water in First Nations Communities

DOWNLOAD  |  The authors describe a model that outlines three possible strategies for building governance capacity: individual, organizational and system-wide; argue that there is a program bias among funders of capacity building activities towards individual strategies; and conclude that organizational … Continue reading

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Managing the Relationship of First Nation Political Leaders and Their Staff

DOWNLOAD  |  This study speaks to an underlying issue relevant to all First Nation governments: what should be the relationship between political leaders and their staff.  This issue is of course not unique to First Nation governments and organizations.  Indeed … Continue reading

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Exploring Options for Métis Governance in the 21st Century

DOWNLOAD  |  Major changes are afoot with respect to the Métis reality in Canada as evidenced by a number of developments including the unanimous Supreme Court judgement affirming the constitutional rights of the Métis in R. v. Powley.  It is … Continue reading

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