DOWNLOAD | In a time of restraint that the government now finds itself, the challenge will be how to move forward on First Nation issues without the ability to afford large new expenditure programs. The purpose of this paper is to outline three initiatives that might help improve living conditions on reserves. The first initiative . . . → Read More: Moving Forward in a Time of Restraint: Three Initiatives to Improve First Nation Well-being
DOWNLOAD | Given the growing importance and prevalence of appeal systems in Aboriginal governments and organizations, the objective of this publication is to provide a useful tool both to those who are charged with designing new appeal systems or conversely those asked to evaluate existing systems. It has three principal sections. The first (Section II) . . . → Read More: A Tool For Designing or Assessing Appeal Systems In an Aboriginal Context
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 that each board member should have coupled with what talent the board needs to have . . . → Read More: Guide for Identifying High Quality Individuals for Board Membership
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 said, the governance of registry systems turns out to be complicated. There needs to be . . . → Read More: Assessment Tool for Evaluating Aboriginal Citizen Registry Systems
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 be more productive. This tool takes just minutes to complete and once tabulated, should help . . . → Read More: Tool for Evaluating Meetings
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.
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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 its mandate, provide needed direction to staff and help in evaluating programs and services. Policies . . . → Read More: Model Governance Policies for Aboriginal Boards of Directors
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, to measure the performance of a First Nation Council.
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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. In particular the authors explore the following three questions: i) are there useful generalizations to . . . → Read More: First Nation Communities in Distress: Dealing with Causes, not Symptoms