Monday, October 26, 2020


Like An Ill-Fitting Boot: Government, Governance And Management Systems In The Contemporary India…

Professor Frances Abele |

Carleton University

This report finds that the Indian Act’s emphasis on the authority of the executive branch of the federal government over individuals and communities shapes virtually every aspect of governance. This limits institutional options and the ability of Band governments to be responsive their members. The Indian Act appears to be a legislative fossil. It reflects administrative and organizational practices that were characteristic of public institutions in the early and mid-twentieth century, but that have been modified and superseded in other governments. The Act relies upon regulation, top-down authorities, fiscal control, and enforcement. Having the force of law and backed by financial power, the Act mandates one particular set of institutions and practices to the exclusion of others. In this way if affects the abilities of First Nations to shape more accountable and democratic governments.