The Path Untaken — “Indian Cities” in Canada and the Māori Model

Research Paper, Aboriginal Futures, Joseph Quesnel

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has just released The Path Untaken — “Indian Cities” in Canada and the Māori Model by Joseph Quesnel, a research fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. This paper examines different policies to help economically unstable remote reserves in Canada by examining the Māori model used in New Zealand.

In Canada there are many remote First Nation reserves that have lost their economic rationale for existing, and are too far remote from any provincial public services. These communities are rarely relocated closer to urban centres unless there is a crisis that forces them out. Through dismantling the reserve system in Canada and focusing on a model like the one the Māori used in New Zealand, Indigenous people living in these remote areas in Canada will have a chance to achieve a better life. While Indigenous people living in urban centres still face challenges, they still have better outcomes than those First Nations living on these reserves.

To read this inspiring research paper, click here: FC-PS216_PathUntaken_SP2018_F3