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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 >

September 18, 2017

The Transitional Governance Project: From Indian Act to the Inherent Right

Canada is now at a special point in its history where government direction is aligning with the desires and vision of First Nation communities for self-government. Yet significant challenges remain. The parties to a new “nation to nation” relationship may be increasingly aligned on the vision and clear on the starting point… but the question, “how best to get there?” remains largely unanswered. The Transitional Governance Project - a collaboration between the Centre, IPAC and Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration - will seek to address these needs as well as fill a critical gap in research and expertise. Working collaboratively with participating First Nations, the goal is to provide a versatile transitional governance model that can show what is possible, and demonstrate the steps to getting there. Read More >

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 >

The best research about Delgamuukw

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >




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