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1 year 11 months
Topic Spotlight
2007 / PDF
Few people are satisfied with the Indian Act, but no one will deny its importance. For the individuals to whom it applies, the Act is a basic and specific constitutional document. It defines their rights and entitlements, their citizenship and their relationship to the federal and provincial governments. It provides the mechanisms that include or exclude them from membership in a Band. For First...
Resource Producer: National Centre for First Nations Governance
Author(s): Frances Abele
2 months 21 hours
2107 / Word
Project report and outcomes. 
Resource Producer: N’Quatqua First Nations
1 year 11 months
2014 / PDF
Australia, Canada, and the United States formally apologized to their Indigenous peoples in February 2008, June 2008, and December 2009, respectively. The Indigenous peoples in these countries are relatively small in size and Indigenous issues usually lack salience in national elections, so these near simultaneous apologies appear somewhat surprising. All three came after years of pressure and...
Author(s): Michael Tager, Marietta College
1 year 11 months
2014 / PDF
The lack of good data about U.S. American Indian and Alaska Native populations hinders tribes’ development activities, but it also highlights a space for sovereign action. In coming years, tribes will no doubt continue to advocate for better national data and at the same time increasingly implement their own “data agendas” by gathering high quality, culturally relevant information about their...
Author(s): Jennifer Lee Schultz, University of Arizona; Stephanie Carroll Rainie, University of Arizona
1 year 11 months
2014 / PDF
Questions of data governance occur in all contexts. Arguably, they become especially pressing for data concerning Indigenous people. Long-standing colonial relationships, experiences of vulnerability to decisionmakers, claims of jurisdiction, and concerns about collective privacy become significant in considering how and by whom data concerning Indigenous people should be governed. Also...
Author(s): Jodi Bruhn, Stratéjuste Consulting
1 year 11 months
2014 / PDF
This article discusses the obstacles to and supports for the implementation of the First Nations Principles of OCAP™, specifically in the context of data holdings within Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and the Government of Canada. It cites three types of barriers (legal, knowledge and capacity, and institutional) that obstruct OCAP™ and examines how federal legislation...
Author(s): First Nations Information Governance Centre
1 year 11 months
2012 / Video
Resource Producer: National Centre for First Nations Governance
Author(s): National Centre for First Nations Governance
1 year 11 months
2007 / PDF
For thousands of years, the aboriginal people of what is now Canada organized themselves as sovereign nations, with what was essentially governmental jurisdiction over their lands, including property rights.Those rights — of governance and property — were trampled in the stampede of European settlement, colonization and commercial interests. But they were never lost or extinguished.
Resource Producer: National Centre for First Nations Governance
Author(s): Kent McNeil
1 year 11 months
2011 /
Squiala First Nation is located within the boundaries of the City of Chilliwack, B.C. in the central Fraser Valley east of Vancouver. The connection of Evans Road to Ashwell through Squiala lands has been an issue of ongoing discussions between the City of Chilliwack and Squiala First Nation. In response to the roads project – and Squiala’s work to develop financial and governance policies and...
Resource Producer: National Centre for First Nations Governance
Author(s): National Centre for First Nations Governance (981)
1 year 11 months
2008 / PDF
The Indian Act is no longer an uncontestable part of the Aboriginal landscape in Canada. For decades, this controversial and intrusive piece of federal legislation governed almost all aspects of Aboriginal life, from the nature of band governance and land tenure systems to restrictions on Aboriginal cultural practices. Most critically, the Indian Act defines the qualifications for being a “status...
Resource Producer: National Centre for First Nations Governance
Author(s): Ken Coates

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