The Frontier Centre’s has released the results of the third annual Aboriginal Governance Index; it evaluates First Nation communities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and now Alberta, in the Index for the first time, and where a reserve scored first place this year and took home our $50,000 Big Bear prize.
Put the Lives of First Nation Women Above Politics
Policy analyst Joseph Quesnel argues First Nation organizations should end their opposition to Bill C-8, legislation to provide First Nation women with property rights protection when their marriage falls apart.
Enough with Band Election Shenanigans
Policy analyst Joseph Quesnel points out how First Nations are their own worst enemy as their conduct of elections gives Indian Affairs an excuse to intervene. One possible solution is to empower grassroots indigenous people to change their own election regulations.
Cupid’s Arrow Fells Two Star-Crossed lovers – And An Entire Police Detachment
The tale of how Mr. Atkinson arrived at this point tells a little about love and a lot about the wide-ranging power held by native-community governments across Canada, according to experts.
Let’s Have Real Elections at the Assembly of First Nations
To be selected as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), one only need receive a majority of votes from chiefs, not citizens. By only speaking for chiefs, the AFN represents the institutional interests of the band system; they cannot be expected to criticize corruption and lack of accountability on reserves. The Frontier Centre’s policy analyst Joseph Quesnel says the system needs to be democratized so that average band members select the national chief.
A New Look at Canadian Indian Policy: Respect the Collective – Promote the Individual
Frontier policy analyst Joseph Quesnel reviews an excellent new book on Indian policy by Gordon Gibson, where Gibson argues the central problems confronting First Nations are the result of preferring the collective over the individual.
Indian Affairs Must Heed Indigenous Voices On Reform
Indigenous peoples across Canada are interested in creating accountability structures in their communities, but the federal government needs to recognize them.
Media Release: Short-term Costs for Long-term Finality
First Nations and Canadian taxpayers need a new expedited approach that prioritizes specific land claims and moves towards a final filing deadline.
Maori ‘Models’ For Progress
Maori were given greater independence, tribal redevelopment and greater service delivery. In other words, a greater emphasis on self-reliance.