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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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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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How To Improve First Nation Housing

DOWNLOAD | According to the authors, the elements of a successful housing program in First Nation communities are well known. Leadership, community support and technical expertise are the more elusive factors. An accreditation system might provide the necessary incentives for … 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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The Task Ahead: Advancing First Nations Forest Sector Participation

DOWNLOAD |   From the experience of the broad range of individuals involved in the study, the authors recommend seven measures to advance First Nations forest sector participation in the various provinces and territories nationwide. There are tasks for all … Continue reading

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