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October 19, 2017

The Transitional Governance Project

From Indian Act to Self Determination

The Transitional Governance Project targets strategies to help First Nations move beyond the Indian Act. A collaborative think-tank held at Carleton University, part of the long-term project, recently discussed approaches to mastering and moving out from under the Indian Act toward a practical realization of the inherent right to self-governance. Read More >

September 18, 2017

The Transitional Governance Think Tank: October 3-5, 2017

The first major step in the Transitional Governance Project takes place October 3-5, 2017 in Ottawa at a two-and-a half day “think tank”. Supported by a SSHRC Connection Grant, it will engage leaders and practitioners from 4-6 First Nation governments (Council of the Haida Nation, Lil’wat Nation, Mi’gmawei Mawiomi, and others), with senior scholars, graduate students and select practitioners in a structured discussion of approaches to mastering and moving out from under the Indian Act and towards practical realization of their Inherent Right to self-government. Read More >

March 2016

Is Canada Violating Human Rights by not Addressing Indigenous People’s Rights to their Territory?

Indigenous peoples and their inherent right to land cannot be separated, and so human rights are equated with territorial rights. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007. While not legally binding, it sets an important standard for the treatment of Indigenous Peoples that will assist in eliminating human rights violations against Indigenous people and assist them in combating discrimination. Read More >

December 10, 2014

Tsilhqot’in Case: Open Letter to First Nations Chiefs in Canada

The law provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to seize the moment and resume our place as responsible governors of our lands. We must not wait for federal or provincial governments or industry to set the stage for us and without us. Colonialism is dead. Canadian Courts have made it clear that they will no longer tolerate unilateral Crown actions or decisions taken with respect to our traditional lands. Our consent matters and we must organize now to make sure it stays that way. Read More >

Nov 16, 2014

Common Misconceptions about the Duty to Consult

Were governments to seriously seek Indigenous peoples' consent they would likely find that in many cases there are respectful and mutually beneficial ways forward. Where no such path exists, it’s likely that the project could never have been justified in the first place. Read More >

June 2014

Youth and Elders Gather on the Land to Talk about the Land

CFNG delivered a two-day forum as part of the conference to help bring youth and elders together, and to guide all citizens in an exploration of opportunities for action and governance of traditional territories. Read More >

The best research about Delgamuukw is available again

On December 11, 1997 the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia. This decision marked the first time in Canadian legal history, that the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Aboriginal Title exists in law. Read More >

December 2013

Will Canada Listen when First Nations say No?

If Canada wants to foster good relationships, it must respect the fact that some energy projects are turning out to be too big of an environmental risk for many First Nations. Read More >

June, 2013

A Centre for Change

After losing federal funding, former Centre staff rally to create a new self-funded social enterprise. Read More >

May, 2013

We will all miss Elijah Harper

We will all miss Elijah Harper. He was recently a Board member for the former National Centre for First Nations Governance and deeply understood the importance of restoring our nations. Read More >

January, 2013

It Is Time for Massive Change

It is time for First Nations people to stand up, organize and exercise our rights. We do not require permission to be self governing, to steward our traditional lands or to build sustainable economies from our lands. Read More >

May, 2013

Rebuilding Our Nations: Tips and Tools for Getting Started

How do we create effective self-governance? How do we protect land and water? How do we develop sustainable economies? Learn about effective self-governance and how other First Nations have found answers to these questions. Read More >

May, 2013

Can First Nations Build Homes from Wood Harvested in their Traditional Territories?

In January, 2001 Maliseet citizens, Dale Sappier and Clark Polchies were stopped in their truck carrying 16 hardwood logs and were subsequently charged under New Brunswick’s Crown Lands and Forests Act with unlawful possession of, or cutting of Crown timber from Crown lands. The logs had been cut or taken from lands traditionally harvested by the respondents’ First Nations and were harvested to build Clark Polchies house. Read More >

March 2012

Watch and Listen: Tradition and Effective Governance

Hereditary Chiefs, Indian Act Chiefs and citizens discuss traditional governance and the impact of the Indian Act on the community and youth. Read More >




December, 2007 | Delgamuukw: Ten Years Later

October, 2007 | In Memory of Frank

September, 2007 | Assessing Governance Capacity