Aboriginal Governance Index – 2008-2009

Publication, Aboriginal Futures, Joseph Quesnel

Executive Summary

This report ranks governance in 23 Manitoba First Nations, 29 Saskatchewan First Nations and 16 Alberta First Nations. The rankings are based on personal interviews and surveys.

In conducting the surveys, we attempted to include band members from all walks of life and to ensure that the sample was representative. We decided to avoid obtaining too many responses from band officials in any particular community and to engage band members not connected to band administration as much as possible.

The analysis of the Aboriginal Governance Index, based on data gathered from direct surveys of people living in First Nations, ranked these communities as having superior systems of governance and assigned these total weighted scores:

• O’Chiese First Nation (AB) 73.2%
• Rolling River Nation (MB) 69.9%
• Siksika Nation (AB) 68.6%
• Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation (SK) 67.8%
• Wesley First Nation (AB) 66.3%
• Mikisew Cree First Nation (AB) 65.8%
• Bearspaw First Nation (AB) 65.6%
• Mosakahiken Cree Nation (MB) 65.5%
• Swan Lake First Nation (MB) 65.4%
• Muskoday First Nation (SK) 65.3%
• Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve (MB) 64.8 %
• Ochapowace First Nation (SK) 64.8%
• Fort McMurray First Nation (AB) 64.2%

These First Nations scored the lowest in the Index:

• Thunderchild First Nation (SK) 56.3%
• Pine Creek First Nation (MB) 56.2%
• Kinistin Saulteaux Nation (SK) 56%
• Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation (MB) 55.6%
• Sturgeon Lake First Nation (SK) 55.5%
• Ermineskin Tribe (AB) 55%
• Dene Tha’ First Nation (AB) 54%
• Poundmaker Cree Nation (SK) 52.3%
• Blood Tribe (AB) 52%
• Key First Nation (SK) 50%
• Swan River First Nation (AB) 46%
• Piikani Nation (AB) 45.9%

The balance of the First Nations surveyed ranked in between these highest and lowest-performing bands. A full list of their scores appears later in this report. A map of their locations is also included.

Here are the top five results from each province:

View full study here (44 pages)